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Actor Hwang Jung-min: Moviegoers most important in choosing script

All Headlines 10:35 July 24, 2015

SEOUL, July 24 (Yonhap) -- Actor Hwang Jung-min said Friday that his standard of choosing a script is whether he feels like showing it to audiences.

"There are books that are interesting enough to make me want to give them to my friends as a present. I choose screenplays just like that," Hwang said during an interview with Yonhap News Agency ahead of the domestic release of his new film "Veteran" on Aug. 5. "It's not important whether the role offered to me is small or not."

Since movies are for audiences, not directors or actors, it is most important that they provide fun and meaning to the people's individual lives, the 45-year-old actor stressed.

Hwang plays a hot-blooded police detective tracking an arrogant and heartless heir of a family-owned conglomerate, known here as "chaebol," in the forthcoming film.

It has much in common with "The Unjust" (2010), in that they were made by the same director, Ryoo Seung-wan, with the same actor, Hwang, and a similar setting symbolizing a corrupt society.

The actor says "Veteran" is far more entertaining in comparison.

"I don't want to relate this movie with 'The Unjust' because they have totally different stories," he said. "Veteran is a popcorn movie well-tuned to audiences entertainingly. Or It may not be because they would become so engrossed in the movie that they cannot eat popcorn," he said with a laugh.

His preceding title, "Ode to My Father," became one of the most-viewed Korean films ever, drawing more than 14 million viewers in local theaters since it opened in December.

Hwang answered "no" when asked if the success put a burden on him before starting the new film.

"I'm nothing but a petty actor," he said, adding that he has had times when his theater play could not open because there was not a single viewer.

"I believe if I'm happy and we (the cast and staff) are happy while filming, viewers will also be happy."

Hwang, who began his acting career in theater plays, plans to produce and take a lead role in a theater musical, "The Orchestra Pit," at the end of this year. This would mark the second time he has produced a musical.

"I have always been thinking that I should go back to the stage sometime since I started from there. I'm trying to work harder because stage plays are the art of actors if I say that movies are the art of directors."


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