He looks serious now, but wait until you see him getting his Beyonce on
Photos: Pamela Chow & Courtesy of Golden Village
Master is an action-packed crime film filled with serious business: An international pyramid scheme, political corruption, a global police chase (with real police involved) and scenes filmed in one of the worst slums in the world.
And then you have Kim Woo-bin dancing like Beyonce.
In his latest film, the popular actor plays Park Jang-gun, an elite programmer who faces a moral struggle between wealth, loyalty and justice. Despite his serious role, Kim appears in one scene dancing in a routine inspired by the queen of pop.
The contrast translates into real life. Sitting up and looking sharp in a suit, Kim speaks in a careful and serious tone that leaves almost no room for jesting. Yet, ask him about his off-set shenanigans with his co-actors or being inspired by Beyonce, and his reserved demeanour gives way to sheepish playfulness.
We speak to him about Master, which premieres here tomorrow (13 Jan).
How did you feel about the script when you first read it?
My character, Jang-gun, is a double agent serving both [his company] and the detective. Jang-gun confused everyone including me. But I was curious about what he was feeling and thinking, so I wanted to convey that message to the viewers.
How did you prepare for this role as a skilled programmer?
I practised my typing skills a bit on my own. Actually, there weren’t many ways for me to showcase Jang-gun’s professional skills, but I still wanted to give him a ‘Jang-gun flair’. So I gave that a lot of thought and planning.
The director also used some great computer graphics to make the character look very skillful.
Did your close friends like Jo In-sung and Song Joong-ki say anything about your new movie?
Since I really liked the script, I passed it to In-sung and asked him for advice [on whether to take the role]. He agreed with me, so I already had support before we even began filming.
They actually came down to the Gala Premiere to give me support. They were very encouraging and said the movie’s nice.