I know this is a very controversial topic, but I really admire SeungGi’s graciousness and tactfulness in answering the reporter’s “silly question.” And many thanks to jerseygirl0420 for translating this enlightening interview article. 😛
Actor Lee Seung Gi shared his honest thoughts on the rising darkhorse actor Choi Jin Hyuk.
On the afternoon of June 25th, he met with reporter Bae Jung Hee and opened up, “I think it is good that things worked out for a colleague if anything.”
In “The Gu Family Book”, Lee Seung Gi who played the role of a charming half-human half-beast, Choi Kang Chi, who couldn’t even be seen in any other dramas, left a deep impression with his acting skills and won the hearts of viewers. The darkhorse that rose with him was none other than actor Choi Jin Hyuk. He was also called Dark Wol Ryung and received much love from viewers like a leading actor.
When Lee Seung Gi was asked if he felt daunted by Choi Jin Hyuk, he gave a wise answer to a silly question. “I think that is a good thing. Following one’s role, if things turn out well because one acted in a way that fit his character, it’s not something that I can control, if anything, I think it’s a good thing.”
Moreover, Lee Seung Gi added, “Looking at this drama in the long run, if only Lee Seung Gi shined, nothing much would be left. Since there is also a limit to the amount of appeal I possess, inside the story, Wol Ryung as himself did everything to make his existence known.”
Also, Lee Seung Gi said, “With all things said, the story is about the main character, Choi Kang Chi, and Dam Yeo Wool’s melo line. Inside that story exists Wol Ryung and Seo Hwa’s story and looking at the entire forest, their story has to go well so I never felt daunted at all. When I worked with Wol Ryung, I did my best to make sure my acting wouldn’t interfere with his.”
It was evident by his image that Lee Seung Gi had grown immensely as an actor through this drama, “The Gu Family Book.” Through his frank and sincere words, one could feel how much he worried, endured hardships, and worked hard during this production.
Ten years after his debut, there was a time when he had his glory days. ‘Famous Princesses’, ’1 night 2 days’, dramas, and variety shows all had a viewership percentage over 40% while the talk show, ‘Strong Heart’ had recorded a viewership percentage of 18% when it first aired.
When he looks back upon those days he says,”The first time I felt that I grew was when I had a lot of conviction and self confidence. I really wanted to talk a lot. But now I am the complete opposite. Experience has made me humble and I think I have a long way to go”. He showed his increasingly humble image through this statement.
Lee Seung Gi said, “In the past, I never had the experience of being like a One Top (Korean for Top Star/Lead Actor). However, seeing that this time around, scenes revolved around me and would unfold, I worked with my costars so that they could look their best through teamwork and by being able to control my reactions. Through this drama, I had all sorts of thoughts like “Whether this scene is one where I need to pull out the stops”, “Whether this scene was about the other person having to look their best” as I continued to analyze.” He continued by saying,” On the set, I also learned that there were many external factors as well that I had to endure patiently”. As the lead actor, he openly expressed how he felt at certain points (during filming).
“A lead actor needs to have patience and generosity. The reason why the lead actor is given higher pay is because of the responsibility that comes with the title as the lead. Although I can’t list them one by one, a sense of hospitality, acknowledging others, and doing one’s best to act in harmony with each other are some qualities that I feel are important.”
As an actor who just disclosed his many worries, he was asked, “As an actor, do you feel that you did a good job?” He answered, “Although it isn’t a 100% this time, somewhere along the line, I had my inner conflicts, but I think I did a good job of not letting it show. That’s why there were no problems onscreen and I was able to complete this project happily.”