An online press conference for the movie Seobok was held on the morning of October 27 KST. Gong Yoo, Jo Woo Jin, Jang Young Nam and director Lee Yong Joo attended the event. Park Bo Gum, who is currently serving in the military, could not attend the meeting, but he thanked the production team and the cast through a video.
Seobok tells the story of former agent Ki Heon, who is given his last order to protect mutated human clone Seo Bok, who holds the secret of eternal life. With many people seeking to obtain that secret, the two are caught up in an unexpected situation.
Gong Yoo, who played former agent Ki Heon, described his character as “a person who lives alone in pain because of his personal trauma,” and confessed that he felt burdened that it might be difficult to give shape to the essence of what the director wanted to say through acting. He also expressed his expectation for the movie, saying, “I hope that the emotions I felt while reading the script will be conveyed to the audience.”
Park Bo Gum took on the role of Seo Bok, the world’s first human clone that is trapped in the time of eternity. After adding that he decided to make the human clone “male” as he feared that there might be romance between Ki Heon and Seo Bok and a draggy plot, Director Lee Yong Joo cited “the animalistic instinct” for the reason he cast Park Bo Gum. He praised the actor as someone who is not only capable of minutely calculating emotions but also having the eyes that make the specific moment distinctive.
In Seobok, Gong Yoo and Park Bo Gum’s chemistry will catch your eyes. ABout his chemistry with Park Bo Gum, Gong Yoo said, “The director wanted the kind of chemistry between Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rain Man. Ki Heon’s reaction that naturally comes out as the two bicker with each other will be fun,” adding that he was able to relax a bit through the two’s bromance despite the overall heavy atmosphere.
Gong Yoo also raised expectations when he mentioned Park Bo Gum’s whole new side shown in Seobok. He recalled the time of filming, saying, “Even when we were acting together, his eyes were so attractive that I often joked, ‘You have to play a villain role. Look at your eyes. So mean.'”
Jo Woo Jin, who challenged a new kind of villain role in Seobok, said, “I’ve been waiting a long time for Lee Yong Joo’s next film. Seobok, which he wrote after much pondering, has fresh material, and I thought I could have a very different experience if I took part in that view of the world.” Jang Young Nam also said, “It’s not that heavy, but it’s still philosophical. I got to think once more about humans’ greed.”
Seobok is scheduled to be released in December.