Park Ki-woong: The Real Draw of New Hit Soap

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The new TV series "The Slingshot" is already drawing acclaim less than two weeks since the first episode aired. Boasting a star-studded cast with Park Yong-ha, Park Si-youn and Kim Kang-woo, it also features Park Ki-woong, who is shining ever more brightly as the plot unfolds.

He might not be as famous as some of the big names, but Park Ki-woong has appeared in many major films, not to mention commercials and soap operas.

In "The Slingshot," he plays a character who transforms from an autistic, isolated, emotionally troubled person into the best stock market analyst in the country. "I try to pay attention to every little detail, and give meaning to all the props to best represent the character," he says.

The most memorable work in his filmography, he says, was "My Tutor Friend 2," where he played a starring role. "Although it wasn't commercially successful, the process of shooting that film was a really important turning point in my acting career," he recalls. "Every time I do film or soap opera, people tell me that I'm improving and that really means a lot to me and keeps me energized. Every time I hear such positive feedback, all I can think about is that this is my calling."

His determination and confidence could yet see him join the other Parks in "The Slingshot" in the big league.

"The Slingshot" takes a look at the society that is becoming increasingly materialistic and conflicts resulting from the worship of money.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 22, 2009 09:01 KST