Y’all know I have much affection for actor and former idol star Yoon Kye-sang. That affection endures despite his role as one of the most irritating characters in the recent drama Triple, and I’m eager to see the new movie he has coming out (the prison drama Executioners), which looks great. Here’s an interview with him as he promotes the new film.
“Even now, I’m still crazy about acting. And I believe in myself.”
It’s been six years since Yoon Kye-sang began acting. In 2004′s Flying Boys, he stood with uncertain eyes, not knowing where he was supposed to go, and is now a 32-year-old young man acting in movies. In the wake of his idol glory, he has been quietly walking the path of an actor. There were people who threw stones, and others who spit at him. Praise was scant, and his path was strewn with thorns. All the while, Yoon Kye-sang was always growing within his roles. No, the roles he chose reflected Yoon Kye-sang’s feelings of that time.
After he was released from military service, we met him in Crazy for Love after he’d split from a long-time girlfriend. The movie Lovers for Six Years was also an autobiographical project.
Yoon Kye-sang was called a traitor for leaving G.O.D. before the sixth album; they went on to release a seventh before disbanding (unofficially; rumors periodically surface that they may make a comeback). Yoon recently said that he had ended a six-year romance as he headed into military service, as both parties got busier and they naturally drifted apart.
He chose Beastie Boys because he’d wanted to try something new and try a change. Yoon Kye-sang grew within the film, and also grew through the film.
The film Executioners, which opens November 5, again shows Yoon Kye-sang growing. He plays the part of a man who ends a stretch of unemployment when he’s hired to work in a prison. He took a role that experienced another transformation as a new recruit who learns dirty methods and grows used to carrying out executions. This is how he attempted yet another transformation.
After doing depressing roles for a while, you’ve changed and done bright characters. But now you’ve come back to another dark and serious film.
“I think I’m more drawn to depressing, serious projects. I like the coming-of-age genre too, movies about a character’s growth. After deciding to act in Triple but before I started filming, I had some time, so I wanted to try something I liked again.”
What drew you most to this film?
“The script was good, but above all was the fact that Jo Jae-hyun sunbae would be acting in it. I really loved his movies like Bad Guy and Crocodile. First, I wondered whether I could do it, because if I can’t imagine myself in it, I can’t act it. I thought it could be most suited for me right now, at this age.”
You come across extremely naturally.
“I made a promise with the director. He told me to completely empty myself. It was my homework. He told me not to study and not to become accustomed to it. I was extremely uneasy, because if I couldn’t organize things, I would be very flustered. That’s why I stuck around the film set 24 hours a day. I didn’t have much dialogue within the prison, and it was mostly reactions. I had to see how all of my fellow actors would act.”
What did you gain from this?
“I developed my reactions. (Laughs) Usually, I’ve been very quick to sync up with my fellow actors. It’s partly because of my personality, but dramas are usually quick to go. However, doing this film, I think I developed some composure. I shot Triple right afterward, and I could feel that I developed more.”
Is that like growing along with the film?
“It’s like that. These days, I’m really thinking a lot. I think so much about acting and my life that I find it hard to fall asleep. I think about how I like coming-of-age movies, but that I should probably stop doing them now after this one. I think I’m right at that time in my life, which is why I think I chose this film.”
Whenever it comes time to choose a project, it seems like it reveals your dilemmas of the moment.
“That’s right. Whenever my emotions change or hit a turning point, I’ve done a project with that kind of character. When I did Crazy for Love and Lovers of Six Years, I was in a period of extreme pain and hurt over love. When I did Beastie Boys, I had a strong desire to show myself as an actor, although I’m disappointed that 40 minutes were edited out. (Laughs) When I haven’t picked a project in that way, I’ve felt a lot of hurt. It’s also the reason why I didn’t choose a project for eight months, until I did Triple.”
But Triple was able to become a success, either.
“I thought it would do well at the time. (Laughs) I was a supporting actor in it. To be honest, it made me think at the time, ‘I’m finished now.’ But the director Lee Yoon-jung asked me, ‘Kye-sang, what’s your forte?’ At the time, I’d said something like a bright expression, and then I felt like I’d been hit upside the back of the head. ‘Ah, I’d been wearing clothes that didn’t fit me,’ I thought. It made me wonder, ‘What do I do best? How was my beginning?’ I think to Flying Boys. That could be why I decided to do Executioners.”
When you switched direction to acting, you didn’t turn back and threw yourself into acting. Do you still have the passion you had when you did Flying Boys?Source news.naver via : dramabeans
“Yes. Of course, if I have to say what’s changed, I’d say I’ve developed an efficient passion. Back then, I rushed into things. I was ambitious in wanting to succeed too quickly. But the more familiar I become with acting, the more I feel its depth.
“But I still have confidence. I have faith in my acting. I have faith in myself. I’m still crazy about acting.”
You must have thought a lot about the institution of capital punishment.
“To be honest, I hadn’t had a particular interest in the issue of capital punishment before. But in doing this movie, I did end up thinking about it a lot. In the past, when [kpop group] G.O.D. was at its hungriest, there was I time I killed a rabbit with my own hands. I couldn’t stand seeing it suffer. But I’ve never been able to forget that feeling that came from the tips of my fingers. To kill a living thing… I’m firmly against the death penalty.”
What have you gained and lost through acting?
“In order to pursue acting, I’ve lost popularity and found the natural person Yoon Kye-sang. I’ve gained confidence in my life.”
It’s been six years since you began acting. You have experienced a lot of difficult moments and enticements to return.
“I’ve experienced truly momentous occasions, and times that were incredibly difficult. But when those moments pass, I’m able to smile like this and talk about them. That’s life, and that’s what acting is.”
When you look at the projects that have earned you praise, a lot of them have been coming of age dramas. That can mean that when your established image hinders someone from becoming absorbed, at some point the audience accepts the change.
“These days in interviews, people don’t ask about G.O.D. as much as in the past. They ask a lot about the movie. I think people are gradually accepting me as an actor. That’s why I’m deliberating a lot about my next project. It’s confusing, thinking what I should do. Should I go for a project that is similar to the confusion I’m feeling? Ha, if I do a melodramatic film, does that mean I’ve fallen in love again? Oh well, I don’t know.”