Actors’ transformation is one of the pleasures of watching a movie and drama. The pleasure doubles when the familiar faces take off their familiar masks and turn into unfamiliar, chilly villains. Let’s look at the actors who’ve shown different sides of themselves in recent projects.
Seo In Guk played his first villain role, a criminal charged with first-degree murder, in the movie Project Wolf Hunting. From his bloodthirsty eyes to a body covered in tattoos and his brutality that needs no justification, the actor has utterly shocked the audience. He shared that his craving for more villain roles was further amplified through this movie.
Kim Seong Soo, a pop culture critic, said, “How successful the movie is important, but for actors, it’s necessary to have a project that lets them leave an impression on the director and production team. And in that respect, (Project Wolf Hunting) became a huge asset for him. Seo In Guk was brave, and I believe he’s achieved a certain level of achievement.”
Ko Kyung Pyo, who’s shown exceptional performance in romance and comedy genres, turned into a serial killer in the Disney Plus series Connect. He stepped into the role of Oh Jin Seop, a perfect coworker at work who’s hiding unimaginable cruelty.
Kim shared, “I don’t think it was a big challenge. Ko Kyung Pyo excels at comical acting, and this has the actor portraying changes in the character’s emotions at every moment when faced with an embarrassing situation. But if you change this a little bit, it can be excellent training for creating a villain.” (A few episodes of Connect were released at the BIFF)
In the movie Honest Candidate 2, Yoon Doo Joon transforms into a smart villain, showing a great sample of a young, rich, bad guy. Since the actor had a strong image of a healthy young man who eats so deliciously, his transformation was all the more welcomed. Yoon Doo Joon pulled off a villain role that plays a key role in the plot so well that the fact that this is his first villain role could be disregarded.
Kim commented, “I thought Yoon Doo Joon had finally become a real actor. If one doesn’t detailedly analyze the character and play the role the character is meant to play, they can’t become a scene stealer. In the end, the director ordered Yoon Doo Joon to play a key role in the story, and he did the job without a problem. It got me thinking that he’s become a real actor.”