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(Yonhap interview) Kwon says he's having a mid-career crisis

All Headlines 17:28 September 10, 2015

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) -- For a top star, aging is an unwelcomed guest. But for one actor, this can be a chance to broaden the scope of his acting career without caring about his appearance anymore.

"Aging, eventually, is a process of growing away from the public. I have no other choice but to work hard in order to narrow the distance between them," actor Kwon Sang-woo said during an interview with Yonhap News Agency.

Kwon rose to international fame for his starring role in the 2003 Korean comedy film, "My Tutor Friend" and the SBS TV series "Stairway to Heaven" co-starring actress Choi Ji-woo.

The TV star, who is to turn 40 next summer, admitted that, after many successful years, he is now experiencing the worst crisis of his acting career.

But he couldn't appear that often before Korean fans for the past several years because he had to work between South Korea and China as a star with a large following in both countries.

So, the offer for the lead role in the Korean comedy caper film "Accidental Detective" was a timely chance that helped him return to the local movie market after four years.

He played Kang Dae-man, the owner of a comic book rental shop and father of two children who once dreamed of becoming a detective, in the forthcoming film. Deemed physically unfit for the job, Kang resorts to what he considers to be the next best thing -- running a blog for delving into unsolved cases and regularly checking in on a local police station to give unsolicited advice to detectives.

Kwon took the chance without any hesitation as it was a role that came to him after a series of box-office failures of films starring him.

"It was a good script that came to me at a time when I couldn't hardly get good ones due to the failures of my preceding films," he said, adding that Kang was also the best match for him, as he is a father of two in real life. "I thought, as far as this type of story is concerned, I could be able to make it into my own."

Kwon expressed a strong desire for becoming a prolific actor.

"I'd like to appear in action films, a genre I'm familiar with, sad melodramas and comedy films that are funnier than this one," he said.

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