Yoo Ah-in picked a particularly nasty character for his role as a villain in his latest film "Veteran". The character is a third-generation heir to a powerful conglomerate who has everything in the world but compassion.
This is the first time he has ever played an evil role since he started his acting career. He talked about why he decided to take up the role.
"If I try to find anything good to say about my acting, it would be consistency", Yoo said. "But consistency can also mean boring. If you become predictable, then it's no fun. I want to be a fun person, a fun actor and I wanted to see a new side of me".
Playing such a dislikable character was a challenge for Yoo, but the role allowed him to break out of his comfort zone.
"When people said they were getting tired of me, I didn't care", he said. "But it came to a point where I was getting tired of seeing the same side of myself. It's not that I have a one-dimensional voice, face or personality. I wanted to expose some new personal qualities".
It seems that he proved he was right as he is acclaimed for creating a whole new villainous character. He said it was a rewarding decision and he enjoyed the role very much.
"Until my soul and body wear out, I want to continue to evolve and see variations of myself", he said.
"Veteran" has become a box-office success as it is set to hit the 10 million mark for cinema attendance on Saturday since its release on Aug. 6.
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