Actor Lee Byung Hun is said to have received offers to appear in films such as “Parasite”, “Oldboy”, and “Decision to Leave” in the past. He said he turned down the role because he had other filming schedules at the time, but now regrets the decision.
Lee Byung Hun was a speaker at the “Future of the Korean Wave” conference held at Stanford University’s McCau Hall in California on the 19th (local time). About 300 people, including Stanford University students and Lee Byung Hun’s fans, filled the auditorium.
He laughed out loud after adding that the reason for turning down the movie was “because I already had other (movie, etc.) schedules.” “Parasite” is a 2020 release directed by Bong Joon Ho, and won four awards, including Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Director Park Chan Wook’s “Decision to Leave” featured by Park Hae Il and Tang Wei and it is a film that received the attention of critics, winning three awards at the 2023 Asian Film Awards.
When choosing a work, Lee Byung Hun said, “I think the feeling is important,” and explained, “I tend to follow the emotions and sensibilities I feel the moment I read the script if I find it interesting.”
Regarding the Hollywood movie “G.I.Joe: in 2009, he said, “They (Hollywood) didn’t take my acting skills seriously,” adding, “I just saw 40,000 people gathered at the 2006 Tokyo Dome fan meeting.”
He also mentioned that his attitude toward acting changed through the “Joint Security Area,” which served as an opportunity to make his name known to the public as a movie star. “Before the JSA, I was more concerned about the character,” he said. “After that, I thought the script was more important.”
Meanwhile, Lee Byung Hun commented on OTT such as Netflix entering the market, “It is a big opportunity for Korean actors.” He emphasized, “With the streaming service of OTT platforms such as Netflix, we have an opportunity to show the talents and skills of Korean actors and staff to the world.”
Lee Byung Hun will appear in the sequel to the popular Netflix drama “Squid Game.”