In "Obsessed", which hit local theaters last week, Song Seung-heon plays the role of a married military officer who enters into an affair with the wife of one of his subordinates.
The actor said he would never have considered taking such a role a decade ago because it would have jarred with his reputation as a good guy built up through many romantic comedies and films.
Song has spent most of the past decade appearing in TV dramas and movies. He also found time to run a restaurant before deciding that anything but acting was a waste of energy, given his passion for the profession.
As he became more immersed in his craft, he also realized that he would try to work as an actor for the rest of his life.
His desire to show his diverse talents as an actor led him to try his hand at a quite provocative role in his latest film. Since shooting wrapped he has been receiving offers for edgier roles the likes of which he was never previously considered suitable for, he said.
"Obsessed" was directed by Kim Dae-woo, a man known for movies featuring steamy love scenes such as "The Servant" and "Forbidden Quest". Naturally, at the press event, attention was paid to the level of nudity in Kim's latest flick.
"What's funny is that I never asked the director whether there were any steamy scenes", Song said. He chose the film because he was attracted by the character's passionate nature, he said.
Song said he didn't want to let his fears of appearing in the sex scenes hold him back. "But I did become a bit nervous when the time came to shoot them", he confessed.
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