Jo In Sung had a video interview with the media ahead of the release of Escape from Mogadishu. Based on a true story, Escape from Mogadishu follows the perilous escape attempt made by those stranded during the Somali Civil War in 1991.
First, the actor expressed his joy about the movie recording the highest ticket sales. “I’m grateful for everything. I’m just thankful that people are showing lots of interest even during this tough time,” he shared.
Jo In Sung plays Counselor Kang Dae Jin dispatched to the Korean embassy in Somalia, and he flawlessly pulled off a smirky character who is also a man of action. “I wanted people to feel relieved when they see me. The movie is quite heavy, and the situation the characters face is extreme, so I wanted people to catch their breath. When you watch Iron Man, Rober Downey Jr refreshes the air. I had that in mind while acting.”
What was it like working with director Ryu Seung Wan? “Escape from Mogadishu shows the power of Korean movies, thanks to director Ryu Seung Wan,” he added. “I think his profound experience, good judgment, and open-mindedness are what makes him special. His life revolves around the world of movies.”
The actor showed respect for his fellow co-star Kim Yoon Seok. “I felt lucky and grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him. He’s the kind of actor who fills in the blanks in the script. I was surprised to see his work on the set. I was amazed to see his wide spectrum in the production. It was just an honor.”
Jo also mentioned Do Kyung Soo and Lee Kwang Soo, who became his close friends since It’s Okay, That’s Love. “Do Kyung Soo is perfect at what he is doing, so I have nothing to say. He finished his military duty safely, and I think he became more free-spirited. He even released an album. He’s doing great in both his singing and acting careers, and I can’t wait to see what he’ll do next. Sinkhole is also gearing up for a summer release, and I hope it does well in the theaters. And I hope Lee Kwang Soo receives huge love. All Korean films should get great results.”
Is there any particular reason why he doesn’t use social media, which is the easiest way to communicate with fans? Jo gave an unexpected answer, saying, “I’m afraid that I might use the wrong spelling or grammar.” Then he explained how he spends his leisure time, “I like to drink, so drinking is one of my hobbies. I also play golf.”
Escape from Mogadishu is the work that’ll open his 40s. “Starting with this, I would love to greet viewers with various projects. I want to communicate with the audience more, not only by starring in movies and dramas but also joining variety shows if I ever get a chance.”
Currently, Jo is filming two new projects, the film Smugglers and the drama Moving.
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