Q. In ‘Cart’ and ‘Room Number 7’ you played as a part-timer who didn’t get his wages paid timely, and in ‘With God’ series you acted as a special case soldier. You usually act as a character that carry on a gloomy aura, and now in ‘Swing Kids’ Roh Kisoo is an entirely different character
The characters who have scars inside their heart definitely lies inside me but there are also sides of myself who are manly and full of curiosity just like Roh Kisoo. In the group (EXO) the members have taken their role and when other members talk a lot I don’t wan’t to meddle in between. That’s why I commonly exposed as being quiet but when there are people who’s close to me I can get noisy and joked a lot too. To show the utmost playful side of me that is not seen yet, I had a lot of fun in ‘Swing Kids’ filming set. You’ll know it when you watch EXO’s reality show that is going to be aired February next year. We played a lot while filming it (laughs).
Q. Roh Kisoo is someone who got captivated by an American soldier who tap danced, and together with the ‘Swing Kids’ member he’s preparing a performance for a christmas event. Looking from the scenario, it is not a simple character that could dance well. At first he followed wrongly and only after practicing hard he’s able to dance well. From someone whose heart got ahead of him that he danced messily to being able to dance perfectly, you must acted the differences is a very detailed manner.
On the contrary, it was done naturally. I don’t tap dancing usually so I have fresh memories of not being able to dance and I use it to act. Those who learnt tap dancing for the first time usually are very stiff with their hand movement because they paid attention to the feet and is only looking at the floor. As I practiced, my hands are also like that. In the first half of the movie, you can see how Roh Kisoo is only looking at the floor.
Q. Besides the film itself, what was the biggest obstacle that came to you?
I have to symphatize with the mind of a prisoner of war when I don’t have any experience about the Korean War in the 1950s. I worry a lot about the satoori (accent) too. The North Korean language teacher told us that the north korean accent depicted in korean movies are very different than how it is in real life, and it’s because we didn’t came across it directly so we don’t really know about it. It’s just like how each provinces have different accent. Roh Kisoo use pyongyang accent so I adjusted to the set-up and followed the intonation that the teacer taught me. About the bald head…because I simply like it so I shaved it (laughs). I don’t like long hair to begin with and when I had bald hair during ‘Swing Kids’ it feels so comfortable that I cannot grow my hair. I also don’t wear much makeup for ‘Swing Kids’ so the filming preparation took less than five minutes.
Q. While acting as Roh Kisoo who forget everything and become charmed into the world of tap dancing, it seems like you’re feeling relieved from the pressure. When do you get thrilled the most?
I always danced a choreographed dance in a group format, but in ‘Swing Kids’ I danced by myself naturally. It’s my first time experiencing something like that. Also, Roh Kisoo is a person who carry a hammer and is very vocal (laughs). He’s not shy with his words and let them out freely, I don’t do that usually so it was very fun.
Q. Looking at the scenario, it seems like (Roh Kisoo) relationship with his brother Roh Kijin is the core of the story.
There aren’t many scenes with the brother but all of then are very important, because the setting was that (Roh Kisoo) got influenced a lot by his brother so it’s not easy to acted upon it. More over, (actor) Kim Donggun who played Roh Kijin is a model who is very tall and have a big built when actually he is five years younger than me. In real life I have a brother, I remembered how I used to play with my brother and I acted by thinking how Kisoo and Kijin used to be like that too. I think even if the time setting was different, a brother relationship would always be the same.
Q. An actor usually take time to get out from their character. Until now you have played many gloomy character and then you have your singer schedules right after. Seeing that it makes people wonder about ‘how does that actor make time to organise his character feelings’.
Um, I don’t really experience that. When I’m at the filming set I concentrated on my character, and then I go back to how I’m usually like. Because EXO already have an established and stable format, it is possible for me to do it. As an actor I entered and get out from the character and then directly go into singer schedule, at that point the character in my work is stored in another part of my brain. But even if it’s possible for me to do EXO and acting activities at the same time, I don’t think I’m not able to do two movies at the same time.
Q. Last year, when we meet Doh Kyungsoo through the film ‘Room Number 7’, what we feel is like you’re not someone who ‘pretend’. Although you’re an impressive idol but as an actor you act as a character with a painful youth, and you’re continuously starring in movies that took on social issues. To put it simple and nice, you’re developing a good steps.
I don’t think like that at all. To me, nothing’s really change when you’re putting a meaning behind every work, every object, or every action. I just like things as they are.
(from ‘Swing Kids’ director Kang Hyungchul interview)
Q. Roh Kisoo the young boy that is full of desire is perfectly portrayed by Doh Kyungsoo. It’s a card that has received acclaim from the movie interview, so how was the experience with Doh Kyungsoo?
A. It’s become a big issue right now (laughs), I’ve asked him to do all sorts of things. I want to do (another work) with him next time but I’m worried if he got busier than now. When I opened the door in the first meeting I smiled to myself “ah, the owner (of the role) has come all of a sudden”. Why does the man from my scenario is already sitting there in real life. During my lifetime, I wouldn’t be able to explain how it was but there’s this “this is it” moment. Doh Kyungsoo is like that.
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