Lee Joon Ki completed his latest drama Flower of Evil with fierce contemplation.
Lee Joon Ki, who entered the entertainment industry in 2001 as a model, drew attention as “a man prettier than women” in the film The King and the Clown, and the drama My Girl. Since then, he has built up his career with various works, including Time Between Dog and Wolf, Iljimae, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. And most recently, he created his “all-time drama” by showcasing an outstanding emotional performance in Flower of Evil.
In a written interview with Sports Chosun, Lee expressed his thoughts on ending the show.
“Now that it’s over, I feel a lot of mixed emotions. I feel relieved about finishing the work, and have a sense of accomplishment of turning the early burden into a success, but at the same time, feel a bit of emptiness that I had to say goodbye to everyone who had been in the same set. I feel lonely, but grateful for many things.”
In Flower of Evil, Lee took on the role of Do Hyun Soo, a man who has been faithful to many roles.
“Baek Hee Sung, who lives as a craftsman, had to look natural. So I looked up on craftwork videos on YouTube before filming, met with a real metal craftsman, and learned the details for a short time. When I was putting on a face as a warm father, I’ve added a lot of ad-libs. The director trusted me to try many things.”
The person who helped him the most was Moon Chae Won, who played his wife in the play.
“For the images of a husband, I built them up by sharing my thoughts with Moon Chae Won. She is an actor who is very delicate and has great power in focusing emotionally. So she filled in a lot of parts that I could have missed. Thanks to her, I felt heartbroken just thinking of Cha Ji Won at the end.”
He also showed satisfaction in working on a romance genre with Moon Chae Won.
“Moon Chae Won has a unique power when it comes to romance. She is lovely, but affectionate, and sometimes just heartrending. I’ve always wanted to work on a romance genre with her. Though I do wish that the portion of our small and happy daily lives, like when we were dating, be bigger than the heartrending love story, I’m satisfied with the overall chemistry we created.
Lee Joon Ki focused more on the flow of emotions rather than the action scenes,
“I pondered over how much movement I had to make and take to convey the emotions and feelings that come from the scene. So I focused more on emotion than action. In the scenes where I’m driven to the edge of the cliff, I tried to immerse more by digesting all the action sequences myself.”
Flower of Evil is a work that gave Lee Joon Ki painful worries.
“When I first read the script, I thought it was something that I couldn’t handle right now. I agonized over it again and again before I made my decision. Fortunately, I had time to spare, so I kept reading the script and drew pictures in my head. Then I suddenly thought, ‘Maybe it’s fate for this project to come to me now.’”
Now, Lee Joon Ki is searching for his next project.