It was a busy year for squid game actor Park Hae-soo, who has shown no signs of slowing down since Netflix’s phenomenal K-drama took the world by storm.
The Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated actor stars in a host of other works on Netflix, including an action-spy thriller Yaksha: Ruthless Operations (released in April) and the highly anticipated Korean version of Money theft (released June 24), in which he plays the fearsome Berliner character from the cult Spanish series of the same name.
With another Netflix K-drama (one with English working title Accidental Narco and known in Korean as Suriname) and the period film Yoo Ryung (which translates to “ghost”) both slated for release later this year, the squid game the plate of the actor is full.
Talk to Newsweek from Seoul, where Park said he was “sweating to death” in the heat of a late afternoon in the bustling South Korean capital, the actor reflected on the meteoric success of squid game and the “unresolved pain” of his character on the show, Sang-woo (player #218).
Sang-woo committed suicide during a dramatic confrontation with contestant no. 456, Gi-hun (played by SAG winner Lee Jung-jae) in the final round of a deadly survival competition that saw hundreds of people in dire financial straits compete for a handsome cash prize.
squid game director/screenwriter Hwang Dong-hyuk previously hinted at the possibility that dead characters will somehow reappear in the show’s second season. Asked if there was more to say about Sang-woo’s story in squid game Season 2, Park said “if I could do whatever I want”, he would want Sang-woo to see his mother.
“He didn’t see his mother once before he died,” Park said of Sang-woo, who worked for a securities firm and was the pride and joy of his mother, who graduated as a college graduate. valedictorian of Seoul National Business School. University, the most prestigious university in the country.
“Even when he was alive, he was never able to meet her face to face. He only saw her from afar hiding in a corner when he went to her market stall. He carries this pain of not couldn’t have seen her,” Park said.
Sang-woo was wanted by police for embezzlement and other financial crimes after spending six billion Korean won (about $4.8 million) on failed investments, along with everything his mother owned ( including his humble market stall and shop) deposited as collateral.
Ashamed of his failures and disappointing his mum, Sang-woo was seen watching him from afar out of sight in the show’s second episode, in which players were free to leave the competition following a vote. majority to end the competition. Games.
He phones her later, pretending to be on a business trip to the United States, before attempting to kill himself in his apartment’s bathtub.
“I haven’t thought about Sang-woo in a while until now,” Park said. “But maybe – really maybe – if I [my character] were to be alive or appear in the second season, while Sang-woo can’t get rid of the bad luck he had in life, I would like him to at least meet his mother,” Park explained. I think that’s what I would probably ask the director to write in my story in Season 2.”
“Sang-woo’s pain has never been resolved. His life as a whole has not been resolved, really,” said the squid game added actor.
squid game Final and hopes for season 2
Besides the possibility of his character reappearing, Park said as both actor and viewer, “What I’m most curious to see unfold in squid game Season 2 is how the character of Lee Jung-jae and the masked man [the Front Man character, played by Lee Byung-hun, who manages the competition] meet for a face-to-face.”
The show’s intriguing finale saw Gi-hun on his way to catch a flight to see his daughter. Walking along the catwalk deck to board the plane, Gi-hun calls the number on the business card he snatched from a person he spotted on a train being recruited to participate in the murderous games.
He tells the person answering the phone (presumed to be the Front Man): “I can’t forgive you… for anything you do.” The show ends dramatically with Gi-hun exiting the bridge deck and walking away from the plane after the phone call.
When asked if Gi-hun should have gotten on the plane, Park replied, “Yeah, he should have,” speaking from the perspective of a father himself (Park had his first child soon after). shortly after the premiere of squid game end of September 2021).
He added: “However, as an actor and for the sake of all of us [viewers]I think we’re all relieved that he turned the other way” so we could have a later season of the show.
surreal success squid game and Hollywood
The dizzying rise of squid game saw the cast members soar to international fame, with a series of historic accolades, including becoming the first ever non-English speaking series to be nominated for not one, but four SAG award categories, including the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
When asked what was the moment he realized squid game had become huge, Park said, “Every moment, really, from when it came out to when we started going to awards shows. Before that, I was just thinking, ‘Oh yeah, I guess the show is a success” and I hadn’t given it a second thought.”
Could a Hollywood role be next in line for Park? When asked which Hollywood directors and actors he would most like to work with, the squid game the actor said: “I really like David Fincher”, the American director known for various psychological thrillers, including Zodiac, missing girl and Seven.
Park said one actor he would like to work with is Benedict Cumberbatch. “I have seen many of his performances at the English National Theatre, including in Hamlet and Frankenstein, and his work in films. I find his energy and storytelling really engaging and charismatic.”
Like Cumberbatch, Park, who has extensive experience in theatrical work, previously starred as a creature in a Korean theatrical performance of Frankenstein.
When it comes to Korean actors and directors he wants to work with, “there are too many to name,” Park said, including Park Chan-wook, the visionary filmmaker behind the BAFTA winner. The servant and Old boyincluding the last film Decision to leave premiered at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on May 24 and is in competition for the Palme d’Or at the event.
“There are so many characters I’d love to try and different works I’d love to do. But rather than genre and character, the story is more important to me. Either way, it has to tell a story and have a message,” Park said.