Song Seung Heon, 'Kang Hyung Shik' of the film 'Man of Will' shared his thoughts.
At MEGABOX theater, the premiere of the new film 'Man of Will' took place. At this event, the producer Lee Wontae, and actors Cho Jin-woong, Song Seung Heon attended. Released in theaters on the 19th of this month, 'Man of Will' is about a man called 'Kim Changsoo' who was arrested for killing the killer of Queen Min; Empress MyeongSeong later becoming 'Baekbeom Kim Koo' a Korean independence activist.
Song Seung Heon said, "I didn't have much to think about in making the decision to act the 'Kang Hyung Shik' character. I've done many roles as a good and kind character, so when I received the scenario it was the quenching experience I needed to challenge myself as an actor. The producers and I all talked a lot about the character of 'Kang' and didn't want to depict it as a one-dimensional evil, pro-Japanese. I've had deep thoughts wondering what might have Kang be like if he really existed."
Ongoing, Song shared that "Instead of portraying him as an evil character from start to finish, I thought he also might've had inner-conflicts as a Korean too. I watched the German general from the 'Schindler's List' and Gary Oldman from 'Leon' for reference. The more I pressure 'Kim Chang Soo' the more I thought it would be able to stress the struggles of 'Kim Chang Soo'. So I tried to act the character as cold and harsh as possible. Instead of using makeup, like scars to create a cruel character, I tried to show the piercing coldness of a person by instantly changing from being polite and friendly to being extremely rigid and emotionless."