[Eng] ‘Nation’s Younger Brother’ Lee Seung Gi Becomes a Trustworthy Actor

Many thanks to jerseygirl0420 for tirelessly translating the interview articles! 😀

Whatever one takes on as a challenge for the first time causes excitement and tension. The people who are watching from the sidelines also become concerned. However, who is Lee Seung Gi? If it’s acting, it’s acting, if it’s singing, it’s singing, if it’s a variety show, it’s a variety show. As a universal entertainer, there’s nothing that he can’t do.

Lee Seung Gi did wonders in the role as the half-human, half-beast, Choi Kang Chi, in the recently finished MBC drama, “The Gu Family Book” to the point that it would be hard to believe that this was his first time acting in a sageuk (Korean historical drama).

No longer looking on the outside like Choi Kang Chi, he appeared for his interview with a well groomed hairstyle and outfit. Although his outward appearance was no longer that of Kang Chi, his gaze remained rather similar as always.

“My first sageuk? Starting without knowing anything was preferable as I was able to work through the project without difficulties. Because the script writer naturally had powerful writing, I was able to act without overexerting myself. In case I appear in another saguek, I want to act as a character with high status. (laughter) Kang Chi was always kneeling so my knees aren’t in good shape. Although I don’t have to be a king, I think it would be good if I played a character who at least sat or didn’t run. (laughter)” The beguiling charm of Kang Chi permeated the air as it exuded from Lee Seung Gi.

His knees weren’t the only part that hurt. Having to wear thick clothes, he had to fight the heat and the insects which consumed a lot of his stamina. More than anything, without special effects, having to shoot scenes where he changed from human to beast form was the most troublesome.

“Since CG (computer graphics) weren’t used when I changed into the beast form, I did the acting. That’s why it was so embarrassing for me while shooting the scenes. It was also difficult for me. During the scene where I was tied up in chains, I was working with the crew and without any strength left, there was a time when I fainted. Because I hadn’t slept much, it was very difficult.”

Even though there were complications, Lee Seung Gi was able to maintain his focus and remained engaged with determination until the very end of filming. With that much focus, the divine creature, Choi Kang Chi, left the Intangible Martial Arts Academy to be reunited with the reincarnation of Dam Yeo Wool (Suzy) 422 years later. Lee Seung Gi said,”I liked the conclusion of the drama. It’s the type of ending that will leave viewers with their hearts pounding.” He expressed satisfaction as he made this statement.

As Lee Seung Gi said, “The Gu Family Book” is a drama that gives viewers excitement and leaves hearts fluttering. Packed with martial arts action and an underlying ardent melo theme, inside that is Lee Seung Gi and Suzy’s perfect chemistry. Lee Seung Gi was directly asked what kind of junior actress Suzy was.

Throughout the interview, he was in the habit of calling her Yeo Wool from the drama. “I advised Yeo Wool a lot. Instead of pointing out parts that were lacking, I complimented her whenever she did well” he said as he didn’t try to hide his affection towards Suzy who is also a fellow singer as well as an actress.

“I didn’t take my eyes off of Yeo Wool during shooting. I saw each and every expression. Yeo Wool had to give off a good look in her eyes so that Kang Chi’s feelings would also come alive. Yeo Wool’s acting improved so rapidly to the point that I was surprised. In the latter half, my advice no longer became necessary so I was happy and felt comfortable. Suzy’s flexibility was her friend. We fit each other well in the scenes where we had to act together.”

source: xportsnews via nate
English translation by jerseygirl0420, special contributor to Everything Lee Seung Gi

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14 Responses to [Eng] ‘Nation’s Younger Brother’ Lee Seung Gi Becomes a Trustworthy Actor

  1. Kangdam couple says:

    I really hope they date. No haters here I’m not telling them to get married but I’m saying they suite each other a lot. Their ideal types match eachother!

    • Anonymous says:

      I so agree with you although I have said he looks better with other people. I think he looks really good with Suzy. They have great chemistry and they feel comfortable with eachother in a short amount of time so, I think they just fit together like peanut butter and jelly

    • scbound says:

      he has never said she was his ideal type. he views her as younger girl, like his young sister is.

      • Anonymous says:

        He was describing what his ideal type was and he said some one bright and pure or something like that and it fit Suzy’s image. Same thing to Suzy too.

        • scbound says:

          thats all in ones perspective, thats not how I would describe her. Also are those words only used to describe her. We should not make assumptions. He did not use her name, as he did with Yoona or HJW for instance. He does not view her in a romantic way. Whats so hard to understand. They worked together,no more, no less.

          • Anonymous says:

            it’s hard being an artist. for suzy he doesn’t means her name obviously, it’s maybe due to some fans that would mind it. I think seunggi likes suzy. He has said before that there is no man that won’t fall in love with suzy, bcause she is so lovely that’s why she called nation’s first love.

          • Anonymous says:

            Yes he did

      • Anonymous says:

        Read the ideal type of LSG and then you will know whose his mentioning… And then read all the interviews about him sayings things about suzy then you will know whose that girl his talking about that his new ideal girl… Its suzy…

  2. Anonymous says:

    instead of calling her suzy, he always say Yeo Wool 🙂 i really adore him! i like his personality! Seung Gi oppa Fighting! ♥

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Tryp and jerseygirl0420!

  4. AIreN says:

    i just see LSG and suzy just like a pair of cute siblings, hee 😀 i’m not sure why but i agree they have great chemistry on/off screen. big picture, i like them as oppa/dongsaeng. they both has their own unique characters yet cute and hardworking too.

    All the best to both LSG and Suzy in their career! thank you for these great memories of kang chi/yeo wool. FIGHTING!!

    p/s: tryp and jerseygirl0420, as always, thank you!! and LSG, saranghamnida! 🙂

  5. ELVIRA CAMPO says:

    I love your nose!!!

  6. Erika says:

    Jerseygirl0429 and Tryp96, thank you so very much for translating and posting the interview(s). SeungGi and Airens are so very lucky for having you, heaven sent Airens. I don’t know who is luckier though… SeungGi or Airens? 🙂

    I started fangirling on SeungGi way back in November 2009 when I was flipping the tv channel and chance upon 1n2d and found his personality adorable and endearing. I even tried learning Hangul so that I could read and understand more about him but I am really very very poor with language. Furtunately, I found Tryp96’s Tumblr and later on I became dependent on this blog for everything SeungGi that I stopped learning Hangul since I can get my daily dose of SeungGi here. I’ve witnessed how this blog grow and I’m very proud of Tryp96 for devoting her precious time and working so hard in maintaining this blog to promote SeungGi. I am so relieved and grateful that Jerseygirl0429 is also devoting her precious time (despite her busy schedules with her 2 jobs!) in translating articles for us international Airens so that we can understand our fave STAR more and love him even more! These two Airen angels are just soooo very hard working, patient, dedicated and devoted like our awesome multi-entertainer, SeungGi. Ladies, you’re doing an amazing and awesome job and I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work. I hope to see you in Seoul this December so that I can thank you personally. I am also your fan! It would be an honor to meet you both. 🙂

    Again, thank you very much and more power to you. Please have enough rest and sleep, and take good care of your health. God bless you always.

  7. dramaaddict says:

    After each interview, I know more and more abt SG and new discoveries made about the person he is. SG is always so down to earth, sincere and diplomatic in his answers. ‘If it’s acting, it’s acting, if it’s singing, it’s singing, if it’s a variety show, it’s a variety show’ . SG, you are forever so dedicated in your projects.

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