Choi Woo-sik Says He's 'Focused on Process' When Picking Roles Since 'Parasite'


    January 05, 2022 13:22

    Choi Woo-sik

    Actor Choi Woo-sik says he felt tremendous pressure after performing in director Bong Joon-ho's 2019 film "Parasite," which took the world by storm by winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and sweeping four Oscars at the Academy Awards as well as receiving numerous other honors.

    So it has not been easy for him to choose projects after that, the 32-year-old said in an interview on Tuesday, ahead of the release on Wednesday of his new film "The Policeman's Lineage."

    "I think the future is getting more promising for Korean cultural content and I believe 'Parasite' has blazed a trail. Korean content has become even more popular due to streaming services, and past works are drawing renewed attention. It has become easier to showcase content to the world, which was unimaginable previously," Choi said. "As for myself, I am now considering how audiences overseas will respond when I decide on a project."

    The actor said "Parasite" made him feel there is more at stake when choosing his roles.

    "After 'Parasite,' I felt more pressure about my career, about which projects and characters I should choose. I often found myself unable to sleep when thinking about my future. And I came to the conclusion that I should tame my aspirations and instead focus on the process. I decided to take on projects that I think I can enjoy while filming," he said.

    Choi also admits that he is still interested in roles in foreign films despite the rising status of Korean films and other content.

    "I thought I would receive more offers from overseas after 'Parasite.' But the reality was different. I have scaled back my dreams of Hollywood and the U.S. a bit. I think the Netflix original series 'Squid Game' gave me the answer. It can be more meaningful to do a good job on a Korean project. Yet still I'd like to take part in a foreign film if I get the chance and am confident that I would do well," he said.

    "The Policeman's Lineage" is based on a Japanese novel of the same name by Joh Sasaki about a successful cop who receives a huge financial contribution from an unknown source and an undercover police officer who monitors him. 

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