Actor Kim Moo Yeol surprises his fans with a completely different look in his new movie, An Honest Candidate.
A few days before the release of An Honest Candidate, Kim delivered his thoughts on his first comedy challenge in an interview held at a cafe in Samcheongdong, Seoul on Feb. 7. When asked about his new nickname “Comedy Baby,” he replied, “I am grateful for the nickname, which I feel is a compliment. I feel like it is my calling and duty to always try new looks. I really appreciate it.”
An Honest Candidate is a comedy that takes place as Joo Sang Sook (Ra Mi Ran), a third-term congressman and a habitual liar, suddenly loses her ability to lie entirely. Kim, who plays Park Hee Chul, a passionate aid of Joo, already worked with director Jang Yoo Jung in musical “Finding Kim Jong Wook” back in 2007.
Up until now, Kim has mostly played cold and intense characters on screens. Most of his recent films, including “Devil Man,” “Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade,” and “Night in Memory,” are all action or thriller genres. About facing a new genre, Kim said, “I really didn’t do much in this work. There was nothing difficult working with such great actors,” giving credits to his fellow actors.
When asked about any changes he faced after filming An Honest Candidate, he replied, “I think I’ve developed a familiarity with the genre. It opened up a possibility for me to expand the scope in the future. Since it was comedy, I really enjoyed acting.” He then recalled how his father was an aide for a long time when he was young. “I often entered the library of National Assembly while filming,” he added.
An Honest Candidate will be released on Feb. 12 as planned despite the aftermath of the new coronavirus. Kim sent his heart by saying, “I am not the one to decide. But I truly hope that the situation will be completely safe. I would like to express my gratitude and send my support to all those currently struggling in the field. I also hope for those who have been confirmed with the virus or have symptoms to make full recovery soon.”