Q. How was maknae Park Yoochun in his scenes?
A. He acted to expose his bare skin. He didn’t have any difficulty [with it] at all. He deserves getting praised for that kind of courage. It is his debut work in a movie and he completely exposed his bare skin. He has the aptitude for acting.
-Singer-cum-actor Park Yoochun had his first debut onscreen with ‘Sea Fog’. The idol-turned-actor had set out as the movie’s protagonist, evaluate his acting as a sunbae(/senior)
“I discovered friends called idol-turned-actor lately starring a lot in whether movies or dramas, etc.. I don’t think this current situation is bad, sometime ago. I’m envious of the ways they rather dance well and are good at acting as well. For the instance like Yoochunnie, I thought his learning abilities are quick. It was much easier [for him] to accept what was written in scenarios. He was full of senses too. He must have been born with these components, I think it is innate for Yoochunnie. I’m looking forward to the acting he’ll put forth in his next piece of work.”
Debuted as idol group TVXQ ( 동방신기, 東方神起), Yoochun (JYJ) has now made his name an actor through dramas; ‘성균관 스캔들(Sungkyunkwan Scandal)’, ‘옥탑방 왕세자(Rooftop Prince)’, ‘쓰리데이즈(Three Days)’. Now he is back with his 1st movie – “해무 (Haemoo, trans. Sea Fog)”.
Based on an successful original play, Director Sim Seong-bo well illustrates aggravating tension among people out in the heavily fogged sea as their plan goes wrong due to tragic accident. Screenplay is by Bong Joon-ho and Sim Seong-bo. Director Bong Joon-ho participated in making of ‘살인의 추억(Memories of Murder)’, ‘괴물(The Host)’, ‘설국열차(Snowpiercer)’ and Director Sim Seong-bo wrote scenario for ‘살인의 추억(Memories of Murder)’. Also, senior actor Kim Yoon-seok is starred.
“I get nervous every time I do an art piece. I was even more nervous because people kept reminding me ‘this is the 1st movie’. (grinned). And when making a movie, they take only one to two scenes only in a day. Instead they take one scene in many times in various angles. At first I could get along with the pace. Then later I got used to it, and was able to focus on the character. I usually put character aside easily, but I think 동식(Dong-sik, character name) will last long”.
The First Reading.
Q: The weather seems dark, rain is falling and the sea fog is marching forward.
PYC: I like this kind of weather very much. However, because I am worried about the upcoming concert, I am not able to fully savor the weather. Meanwhile we, the three members gathered together but the time we had to practice was insufficient. Jaejoongie-hyung’s drama, Triangle ended not too long ago, Haemoo for me and Dracula for Junsu. Each of us were busy. On Saturday (August 9) was our concert and there were so many preparations to be done so we were stressed.
Q: There are rather many fans who are going for the concert not because they like you as JYJ Park Yuchun but as actor Park Yuchun.
PYC: While carrying out my acting activities, I see many new faces.There’s a strange difference from the fans previously. The age is slightly different; there were more noonas. In fact, the singer-side fans [T/N: fans who like Park Yuchun as a singer] are mostly in their late 20s and early 30s since much time have passed. Occasionally, it’s amazing to meet fans who say, “I have been your fan for 8~9 years!” I would like to also ask them, “How did you endure for such a long time?” (laughs) And there are those who carry their baby along and they tell me, “I am married now and I am living well.” When I see these kind of fans, it feels rewarding.
A singer and an actor, Park Yoo Chun expressed his thoughts on the love affairs in the movie.
Park Yoo Chun played Dong Sik, the crew who falls in love with Hong Mae (Han Yeri) at first sight. Park Yoo Chun and Han Yeri have taken bad scene and played to show deep affections toward each other.
Park Yoo Chun said, laughing “It’s all same for guys that are falling in love at first sight. In 3 to 5 seconds, guys are taken with women, which are proved scientifically. I’m just like other common guys”
“The only difference is how you express your feelings, and they are all alike. Women might say ‘how could you fall in love in such a short time, but for guys it takes a moment,” added by him.
He explained what it is like when he falls in love, “I tend to be very gently and sweet as Dong Sik does. I think it is right things to do so. When I love somebody I feel like I want to do everything for her. I follow what my heart is saying.”
“I would like to get married as soon as possible. I’ve wanted to get married earlier since I was a junior school student. If I got a chance, I will marry right away,” he said with laughter.
Meanwhile, Sea Fog that was released on 13, portraying a story of ship crews that get into uncontrollable confusions after they let stowaways in the ship while the ship was enveloped in a sea fog.
The film is produced by Bong Joon Ho, directed by Shin Sung Bo. The casts are Kim Yoon Suk, Park Yoo Chun, Lee Hee Jun, Moon Sung Geun, Kim Sang Ho, Yoo Seung Mok, Han Yeri and more.
Q: Your first screen debut is less than a week away. You must feel really nervous?
A: After the VIP premier, the press gave a lot of praises. That made me rather more nervous. I would prefer to not have any favorable comments about it because then I would not have to worry whether the movie will also receive good comments from the public audience. I hope that those who watch Sea Fog will feel the satisfaction.
Q: How did you end up joining this movie?
A: I was handed the scenario last year. At the same time, I was not aware that Producer Bong Joonho was involved in the production and Director Shim Sungbo would be directing this film.
After reading the scenario, I had this idea that it’s a powerful and I wanted to do it regardless. I was mentioned that Director Shim Sungbo will be doing the casting and scenario. If you really watch our film, you will feel that it’s right.
Q: Seems like you did not choose an easy role for your first movie debut. It’s a significantly dense production. Why did you certainly want to do it?
A: Of course, when I was reading the scenario I had this feeling of whether it’s going to be good or it’s not going to be easy. But I think that was the point which attracted me even more. The incident and situation in the movie were generally unfamiliar. I was curious how will the characters act and how will the actors carry out the expressions in that incident. I wanted to try and experience it. I have no fear in taking a new path. Moreover, the scenario looked so solid I was not worried.
Before film ‘Sea Fog’’s opening, actor Park Yoochun had an interview with Hankyung.com’s Wstarnews; where he disclosed his thoughts about his first bed scene and mentioned his JYJ members.
Park Yoochun said “There was no such thing as pressure” at his first bed scene.
He said, “I was busy thinking about the piece of work by myself and worried about how to do it somehow. I didn’t worry about how the audience might accept the bed scene. It wasn’t the bed scene, but really with the certain emotions in that moment; I worried about how to show it [T/N: the emotions] and didn’t care about the responses around me”.
Park Yoochun drew attention mentioning his members’ reactions after the movie [VIP] premiere.
Park Yoochun said “Jaejoongie hyung did not watch it because he had filming for drama ‘Triangle’, Junsu sent me praises at being spontaneous” in the interview on this day.
Continuing he added, “I was praised in a text, so I replied ‘shut up’ back to him. (Laughs) I was embarrassed. Why I said that, that’s between men…. but although I replied like that, it actually helped. To get praises like that from my members”.
Park Yuchun says in today’s interview, “I am always able to get out of a role once a piece of work ends but for ‘Haemoo’, it was somewhat difficult.”
“It has been 6 months since filming for ‘Haemoo’ has ended. I even took up ‘Three Days’ after ‘Haemoo’ was over but it’s amazing how it (T/N: ‘Haemoo’) still remains. It struck me that I was immersed in that character to that extent,” he hinted the affection he has for the character of Dongshik.
“I was nervous about many things concerning the drama. However, I was able to immerse myself completely in the movie and I totally lost myself in Dongshik’s character. Emotionally, it was comfortable,” he explained.
[T/N: Repetitive information about Haemoo was omitted. Translation is done based on Yuchun's answers.]
Park Yoochun was told of his uncanny boundary between an adult and a child at our first meeting.
Singer-cum-actor Park Yoochun (29) has a strong boyish image. He is the image of a mischievous boy up to a mild image with a round face shape. He probably will further live the life of an idol ever since his teenager years. Meeting to begin his interview for film ‘Sea Fog’, Park Yoochun is a young man and a boy, located at the uncanny boundary between an adult and a child.
Showing a good-natured smile and continuing to speak cleverly nonstop, he exhibits the image of a boy. Interviewed by the media over 60 times, Park Yoochun was a little bit tired from meeting reporters. “What’s the fresh questions” at too many similar answers to surely similar questions, or he replied that he wants interesting answers for him to laugh. <The Fact>’s coverage is more than curious about coverage on stars’ passions in particular. Park Yoochun is always going on about facts when showing a mischievous smile.
We had questions pertaining to the movie for Park Yoochun who showed a boyish smile. Park Yoochun confessed to the time he lived as Dong-shik to break out with a smile then. We asked about the fact that he was clumsy at the first press preview, the fact that he got seasick and it wasn’t easy to film on the ship, and even the love story between Hong-mae (Han Ye-ri) and him. We felt an earnest atmosphere than ever from Park Yoochun’s way of speaking.
Wrapping up with an open ending, we asked for the leading actor’s opinion about his film ‘Sea Fog’. Park Yoochun said, “I think it was hard to have to face the sea that I didn’t want to remember when I had to leave Hong-mae. It became futile to live for the sea. I didn’t want to forget those times?”, providing his answer to seem like he didn’t know yet did know.
Although it was a short interview a little more than an hour long, he quietly bore the image of Park Yoochun becoming a full-fledged actor. We are wondering about his next work that he seems to take awhile to choose the next project with JYJ concerts.