Korean Wins Big U.S. Role

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Korean Wins Big U.S. Role

A well-known Korean actor, Park Jung-hun, will make his debut in Hollywood soon.

Mr. Park said Thursday that he will star in an American movie called "The Truth about Charlie," which is to be filmed in Paris for 13 weeks beginning on March 3.

The film, an action mystery, is to be produced by Universal Studios and will cost $50 million.

The story line revolves around intelligence officers from the Pentagon who are in pursuit of a $10 million diamond. Jonathan Demme, director of "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," will direct the film.While many Korean actors have attempted to debut in Hollywood in the past, Mr. Park is the first one to star in a movie by a major American filmmaker.

His role is that of a former intelligence officer and a bodyguard for Thandie Newton, who played a leading role in "Mission Impossible 2."

Mr. Park said there is a scene in which he converses in Korean with Mark Wahlberg of "Boogie Night" and "Perfect Storm."



by Park Jeong-ho

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