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"Queen Seon-deok" Bidam says, "Got the charisma from [Vagabond], the comic from [Ruler of the Land]"

2009/08/20 | Permalink | Source

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- The psychotically-inclined Bidam was created with the influence of two comic book characters

"Queen Seon-deok"'s character Bidam has generated much interest for his duality of good and evil.

Bidam is comical at times, but in a split second he becomes a cold-blooded killer. The actor Kim Nam-gil created this dualistic character by studying two comic books.

He gets the savage charisma from the character Miyamoto Musashi of [Vagabond], drawn by the mangaka who also drew Japan's hit comic book series "Slam Dunk". The comical aspect of Bidam is inspired by the character of Han Bigwang of "Ruler of the Land", a hit comic book in Korea.

Kim Nam-gil's Bidam created quite a stir in the "Queen Seon-deok" world from his first charismatic appearance. He is a mysterious character that challenges anyone and everyone he meets, he's Munno's secret pupil, and later he leads a rebellion against Deokman when their relationship goes awry.

Kim Nam-gil analyzed his complicated character Bidam. "He was born with Misil's craftiness, wits and trickery and he was trained to have Munno's superb martial arts skills. He's a complicated and layered character that stands on the thin line between good and evil".

Kim Nam-gil explained how Bidam's personality came about. "In the beginning, the writers and I held a lot of discussions about Bidam's personality. I decided to look for ideas in my favorite comic books. [...] I gleaned the most striking aspects from two different characters, so it's not surprising that Bidam has inherent traits that are quite cartoonish".

Kim even keeps the comic books in his car so he can further study his character.

He commented about the atmosphere on set. "It hasn't been long since I joined, so I'm still in the middle of adapting. The atmosphere on set is really passionate. Everyone's working so hard that I just have to make sure I match them".

Kim is very grateful that the viewers seem to like his Bidam. "I realize time and time again how great this story is".

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