Lee Dong Wook Shares the Eerie Experience He Had While Playing a Psychopath Serial Killer

Lee Dong Wook Strangers from Hell

Lee Dong Wook recalled the time he played his first villain role.

Lee Dong Wook Strangers from Hell
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Lee Dong Wook appeared as a guest on tvN’s You Quiz on the Block on the 22nd. On this day, the actor talked about the first time he played his first villain role in the webtoon-based series Strangers from Hell.

“I acted while always reminding myself that this is all an act that should never actually happen,” he recalled. The director also asked me to act, so my character doesn’t get any sort of justification, narrative, or reasons behind his actions,” he recalled. For the drama, Lee Dong Wook played psychopath serial killer Seo Moon Jo.

“I thought I was doing fine even when playing the villain, but my friends told me that my eyes have changed. In fact, one day, I looked into the mirror after washing my face, and I was unfamiliar with myself. So I thought to pull myself together,” he added.

Lee Dong Wook Strangers from Hell
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Lee Dong Wook then opened up about the time he got too immersed in the role. “In the drama, there was a scene where I had to pull out someone’s raw teeth for torture. The intensity of the pain is not shown on the screen, but I found myself contemplating, ‘How can I pull the teeth so it’s more painful?'” he shared. “At that moment, I thought, ‘What is this?’ I thought once again that I have to be more careful when playing roles like this.”

On this day, the actor also talked about hitting rock bottom after starring in Goblin. “I realized that nothing could be resolved if I just stayed still and did nothing. So I decided to just go at it head-on and played Seo Moon Jo in Strangers from Hell. Acting the way I felt on the set and going with that raw vibe, I became more comfortable in acting,” he commented.

Meanwhile, Lee Dong Wook is currently starring in tvN’s drama Bad and Crazy and is waiting for the release of his new movie A Year-End Medley.

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