Choi Woo-shik is ready to show his dark side : The popular ‘Okja’ truck driver plays a villain in ‘The Witch: Part 1’

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Choi Woo-shik is ready to show his dark side : The popular ‘Okja’ truck driver plays a villain in ‘The Witch: Part 1’



Actor Choi Woo-shik’s career reached a turning point when he landed a minor role in the zombie thriller “Train to Busan” (2016). Though the 27-year-old only had a small role in the movie, his portrayal of a high school baseball star next to singer-turned-actor An So-hee left a strong impression on audiences.

Choi’s fame grew after his performance in Bong Joon-ho’s Netflix-backed adventure drama “Okja” (2017). Playing the scene-stealing, disillusioned truck driver, Choi took full advantage of his few minutes of screen time to continue to develop his career.

Choi has now returned to the silver screen through a mystery action flick, “The Witch: Part 1, The Subversion.”

Directed by Park Hoon-jung of the award-winning crime flick “New World” (2013) and co-starring Jo Min-su, Park Hee-soon as well as rookie female actor Kim Da-mi, the movie centers on Ja-yoon (Kim). A bright and kind-hearted high school girl with a passion for music, Ja-yoon is the survivor of a mysterious accident at a facility that left many people dead. She lost her memory following the accident and was raised by an elderly couple.

Ja-yoon’s life starts to change after she appears on a television audition program. Strangers start to appear in Ja-yoon’s life, including mercenaries led by Mr. Choi (Park) and another pack of youngsters, led by a mysterious man named Gwi Gong-ja (Choi).

The film reveals that Gwi and Ja-yoon were both brought up in an environment that forced them to be ruthless killing machines. While Gwi succumbs to the violence his creators had forced on him, Ja-yoon chooses a different path.

Though the role as a villain was not easy for Choi, he found a sense of selfishness in himself that helped him play the role.

“I believe everyone innately has a sense of selfishness and has darkness deep inside,” said Choi during an interview with Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, last week in central Seoul.

“I think the weakness that Gwi Gong-ja shows in the film was created through the environment he was raised in. As for me, I grew up in a happy family like that of Ja-yoon’s. But I believe I still have my own sense of selfishness and weakness.”

Though Choi says his “plain-looking face” is his weakness as an actor, it also functions as his biggest strength in making himself more competitive in the entertainment industry.

“Lots of directors offer me a role because of my plain face. There always needs to be a [plain-looking] person like me next to the handsome protagonist. So I don’t need to worry about being out of work,” Choi joked. “I like my face because it allows me to show a more diverse aspect of my acting.”

When asked about a specific type of role he would like to pull off, Choi said he wants to play a villain similar to Park Hae-il’s in the 2003 crime movie “Memories of Murder.” Based on an unsolved mystery serial killer, Park played an ambiguous murder suspect in Bong Joon-ho’s film.

“If I were to play a cold-hearted villain, I would very much like to play the kind of role Park played,” said Choi.

The Warner Bros. Korea’s release arrived at theaters on Wednesday, and is intended as the first part in a trilogy.


최우식 ”평범한 얼굴, 배우 최고의 장점이자 단점”

영화 '마녀(박훈정 감독)'의 배우 최우식이 자신을 '평범한 얼굴'이라고 말하면서 이에 대한 솔직한 생각을 털어놨다.
'마녀' 개봉을 앞둔 최우식은 22일 오후 서울 종로구 팔판동에서 진행된 인터뷰에서 "나의 평범한 얼굴은 배우 인생의 최고의 장점이자 단점이다. 많은 감독님들이 러브콜을 주시는 이유는 눈에 띄지 않은 역할이라서다. 제 연기를 더 보여줄 수 있는 얼굴인 것 같아서 더 좋다"고 말했다.
이어 "잘생긴 애는 옆에 무조건 저 같은 애가 한 명 있어야한다. 일이 끊길 일이 없다"며 웃었다.
또 최우식은 "연상호 감독님이 '이 눈이 작고 예쁜 눈은 아니지만, 마음을 감추기 좋은 눈'이라고 하시더라"면서 "영화 '거인'에서 (그 눈을) 많이 썼다. 눈이 너무 작아서 아무리 감정 연기를 해도 잘 안 보인다. 눈물이 안 보여서 맺히면 안 되고 꼭 흘려야 한다. 단적으로 보자면 눈에 띄지 않게 연기를 하지 않는 이상 기억에 남지 않고 할 수 없는 역할도 많다. 그래서 이미지 때문에 못하는 연기는 다르게 접근해야 한다고 생각한다"고 전했다.
최우식은 "남들보다 길게 갈 것 같다. 길게 간다고 해서 나쁜 것 같지는 않다"며 가감없이 이야기하기도 했다.
'마녀'에서 뿐만 아니라 극단적인 악역에도 도전해볼 생각이 있냐는 질문에 최우식은 "'살인의 추억'의 박해일 선배님 같은 역할도 해보고 싶다"고 답했다.
이어 "귀공자는 멋있어 보여야 한다는 생각에 시나리오의 원래 캐릭터와 다른 설정을 해봤다. 만약 차갑고 딱딱한 악역을 해야 한다면, 박해일 선배님이 하시는 그런 역할을 해보고 싶다"고 덧붙였다.
또한 이번 영화를 통해 강렬한 악역으로 변신한 것에 대해 "누구나 이기적이고 악한 면이 있다고 생각한다. 사실 어떻게 보면 귀공자가 갖고 있는 악함이 귀공자가 커왔던 환경에서 왔다고 생각한다. 저는 화목한 가정에서 자윤 같은 가정에서 자랐다. 그래도 저만의 이기적인 면과 악함이 있지 않을까한다"고 이야기했다.
'마녀'는 시설에서 수많은 이들이 죽은 의문의 사고, 그날 밤 홀로 탈출한 후 모든 기억을 잃고 살아온 고등학생 자윤(김다미) 앞에 의문의 인물이 나타나면서 시작되는 이야기를 그린다. 최우식은 극 중 어느 날 갑자기 자윤 앞에 나타나 자윤의 일상을 흔드는 의문의 남자 귀공자 캐릭터를 연기한다. 오는 27일 개봉.

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