(T/N: This interview has no mention of Yuchun and the content quite difficult and deep. BUT I find it gives an idea on what kind of filming environment the actors were in and hopefully enhances your viewing experience for this great movie, when you get to watch it!)
A variety of characters appear in the movie [Sea Fog]. When faced with extreme conditions, each reveals different instincts. When the time arrives where you can’t see an inch in front of you, your immediate reactions, that is the distinct charm of [Sea Fog].
Among the 6 crew members starting with captain Cheol Joo (Kim Yoon Seok), Gyung Gu played by Yoo Seung Mok is a character who treats money as utmost important. He loves women, but ultimately it is money. He never misses an opportunity to make money for himself, and this is how Gyung Gu’s personality can be described.
He has no family, and he doesn’t think too deeply. A simple young man from the country-side, and he is the crew member who puts most emphasis on looks. Gyung Gu’s hairstyle shows this part of his character. And because of this, Gyung Gu was set-up as the villain in the beginning scenarios in [Sea Fog].
“When I read the scenarios, I thought he was a normal average crew member. He is a crew member, but he also shows his selfishness to satisfy his own desires. In the midst of this, there is also absurdity in him. Even so, I thought Gyung Gu was a young man with a simple mind. He doesn’t think too much, and this character was set-up as a person who reacts in order to satisfy his own desires in that moment.”
Like all the crew members, when Gyung Gu cannot see what is in front because of the sea fog, his instinct appears in the worst situation. If you don’t become Gyung Gu, you cannot grasp what he will do. It is also important to understand Gyung Gu’s emotions.
“Actually I could grasp his actions easily. That is because I started after I understand Gyung Gu’s basic personality. The most difficult part was when extreme situations occur, how should I express him. I thought over this a lot and discussed with the others. However, when we actually went into filming, I could naturally play this character. The other actors are the same too. It was very tough before we start filming but when we did, we filmed it effortlessly.”
When one take a look at [Sea Fog], we tend to want to talk about the moral dilemma. This is because no matter how much human instinct there is, from the view point of an actor acting in it, there are parts where we feel are related to morals.
“I was troubled about this too before filming. Will everyone behave in this way? I was worried that we will go into a situation where we need to act so immediately and there is no other way but to adopt this way if the situation arises. I thought that was the best solution. But when we started filming, I didn’t feel any moral dilemma. This is how we (the CheonJin’s crew members) are able to survive, I thought.”
Every actor casted in [Sea Fog] had a tough time with filming on a boat. Yoo Seung Mok too. He felt the dreadfulness of filming on a boat, and this was not just the plain sea-sickness. It was the difference with filming on land.
“We talked a lot about this not being a simple job. Luckily, my sea-sickness was not too bad. It was tough during about 2 days in the second half due to sea-sickness. But there was also the advantage of being able to focus well. Not only on the boat but the crew members were gathered in the same lodging and we talked about this movie until we go to sleep. Naturally we were like a family.”
When we explain how Yoo Seung Mok came to star in [Sea Fog], we need to touch on the movie [Memories of a Killer]. When he heard there was a good production called [Sea Fog], Yoo Seung Mok who starred in [Memories of a Killer] called up producer Bong Joon Ho who was also the director of that previous movie.
“I heard there is a great production, and I was the one who contacted director Bong Joon Ho first. I sent him a message asking if there is a chance I can play a role in it. And then I was told ‘I’m a fan of Seung Mok but I am not the director’. Shim Sung Bo is the director. When I read the scenario, I found myself in Gyung Gu. In order to be casted as Gyung Gu, I told the director about what I found. I did feel burdened while filming. I regretted telling about that, and was worried if I can do this well.”
Yoo Seung Mok has starred in many movies before [Sea Fog]. Through [Sea Fog], actor Yoo Seung Mok was made known to the public. This was how special the production can turn out to be. It is true that there was some special parts but there is some difference to what everyone think ‘special’ means.
“In the beginning I was happy to be able to ride on the CheonJin boat. I really am thankful and think that I am lucky. Instead of thinking to make known to everyone about actor Yoo Seung Mok through this production, I felt I gained a lot through this production. I tried looking back at those works I did until now. I realized that I should put in more effort in order to give good performance with good actors, and this movie gave me the chance to look back on myself”