Korean hottie Jung Woo-sung talks about his first villain role of his acting career in Cold Eyes
Text & Photos: Joanna Goh
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You might recognise Jung Woo-sung for his super cool “hit man” image when he guest-starred on Running Man and more recently as the ruthless and cold-blooded killer named James, in Korean movie Cold Eyes. However, unlike his acting roles and personality on variety shows, the 40-year-old actor is a gentle giant through and through.
“I’m quite sensitive too,” he chuckled in reply, when xinmsn asked him to compare himself to James, at a group interview session held yesterday noon, at Marina Bay Sands hotel.
Disarmingly soft-spoken, well-mannered and a self-proclaimed sensitive man, Jung may not have that oppressive air of dominance (as seen on TV shows) emanating from him in real life, but he is a man of steely resolve. He knows exactly what he wants from an acting career and isn’t afraid of saying so or doing the exact opposite of what people expect of him.
In fact, he was not supposed to star as James and was enlisted to help monitor the script initially. But he was so attracted to this character that he decided to take on the role personally, said Jung. “I felt that whoever is playing James will make a big difference in the character. And I thought to myself: ‘Someone like me can probably pull this off’. (Laughs)”
As the remake Korean version of the Hong Kong film Eye in the Sky (starring Simon Yam, Tony Leung Ka-fai and Kate Tsui - just to name a few), both Jung and his co-actress Han Hyo-joo shared that they have seen the original film once, at the movie’s press conference. Both actors wanted to bring their own interpretations to their characters and not base it on what was portrayed in the Hong Kong film.
“I referred a lot to the movie Le Samourai,” Jung said, revealing that he wanted to give the calmness and coolness found in James a “classy feel”.
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