The director's role is to bring out the best of each actor
On Feb. 8 at the Seoul Arts Center, Lee Jae-gyoo, who was recently appointed as Adjunct Professor of Broadcasting/Entertainment/Video Department of Seoul Arts Center Academy, gave a special lecture to 50 freshmen students on the subject of broadcast vs. motion picture.
During the lecture, he talked about Kim Myung-min, whom he worked with in "Beethoven Virus", and Lee Byung-hun, who is starring in the digital movie "The Influence", which Lee Jae-gyoo is currently directing.
About Kim Myung-min, who has been highly praised for his complete transformation in every role he has played in TV dramas and movies, Lee Jae-gyoo said, "If Kim Myung-min has an upcoming filming of a scene where he dies, he immediately starts to think like that person and completely immerses himself into that person's psychological state 3 days before filming".
He added",Kim Myung-min is a type of actor who always puts his best effort into creating a particular character he plays. He relentlessly practices lines and movements of the character".
Lee Jae-gyoo also advised the students, "the way to become a true actor is to put in constantly the best effort", quoting what Kim Myung-min had said in his humble award acceptance speech "because I lack talent, I had to work especially harder".
He said that "director's role is to lead each actor in the right direction so that he or she can bring out the best of himself or herself".
Lee Jae-gyoo started to work at MBC in 1996, and directed "Damo" and "Fashion 70s". Last year he was awarded Best Director in the special foreign drama category at the Tokyo Drama Festival, and Best Director of TV Drama at the 21st Korean Directors' Association Award.
Translation (Korean to English): eylcecil
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