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(Yonhap Interview) Actor Shin Ha-kyun still feels excited before film's premiere

All Headlines 18:35 April 23, 2019

By Kim Boram

SEOUL, April 23 (Yonhap) -- Every actor may feel thrilled and excited ahead of the premiere of his or her new movie, and Shin Ha-kyun, a seasoned actor with more than 40 films under his belt, says he is no exception.

"I am excited, and curious to know how audiences would feel after watching my movie," the 44-year old actor said during an interview with Yonhap News Agency at a cafe in downtown Seoul on Tuesday. The interview was held ahead of the release of his latest "Inseparable Bros" on May 1.

"I always think there is still much room for improvement in my acting. I'm so grateful to my fans who call me a god of acting," he said, referring to his moniker "god of acting".

Debuting in 1998, Shin has appeared in "Joint Security Area" in 2000, "Save the Green Planet" in 2003, "The Front Line" in 2011 and "The Villainess" in 2017.

Shin plays Se-ha, the elder of two disabled men who live together as a family in the sentimental comedy-drama that is based on a true story.

This image, released by the Next Entertainment World, shows Shin Ha-kyun in a scene from "Inseparable Bros". (Yonhap)

Se-ha is smart and clever but paralyzed and isn't able to walk or move after an injury to his spinal cord. He has to stay motionless and convey every feeling and intention using only words and facial expressions.

"I've tried to bear in mind the way that Se-ha thinks, acts and feels as a man who has lived with such physical disabilities for a long time," Shin said. "I imagined that Se-ha must be very eloquent and responsible for his companion, the child-like Dong-goo."

Se-ha works as the brain of Dong-goo, who has severe intellectual disabilities, while Dong-goo waits on Se-ha hand and foot.

"I had to show various sides of Se-ha's character. He is fierce-tempered and feisty, but at the same time, he is humorous and cheerful as well," he said.

Shin said he wants the audience to realize the "specialty" of the movie that does not focus on the characters' disabilities and miserable life conditions, but instead depicts their daily lives from a humorous point of view.

"Like other films about people with disabilities, our movie is predictable," admitted Shin, who played the part of a deaf-mute man in "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" in 2002. "But it tells the story in a different way. It doesn't force you to feel sympathy for them."

He said he would be happy if the story resonates with audiences.

"I hope 'Inseparable Bros' will create a momentum to help people look around and think about their relationships with family and friends," he said.

This photo, provided by the Next Entertainment World, shows actor Shin Ha-kyun. (Yonhap)


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