Nam Joo Hyuk Talks About Drawing On His Inner Pain For Acting

On September 18, Nam Joo Hyuk sat down for an interview about his debut film, “The Great Battle.”

He described his character as, “A boy who matures into a young man. At first he cries a lot, but he grows throughout the course of the movie.”

He continued, “There’s a scene where he goes to request more troops. I thought that if he cried and asked why they weren’t helping him, it wouldn’t be clear what this character’s objective until now had been. I thought that I needed to make that objective very clear, so I didn’t shed any tears while filming.”

The reporter commented that when they saw the crying scenes, they thought that Nam Joo Hyuk must have an inner pain that he doesn’t reveal to anyone else.

“That’s accurate,” Nam Joo Hyuk said. “Everything comes from experience. I thought about stuff like that to use in my acting.”

He added, “I’m not the kind of person who likes to talk about my pain. I didn’t talk in detail about it on ‘Radio Star‘ either. A lot of people think that I’m someone who’s lived in the big city all my life in a well-off family, and I think it’s just something to be grateful for if people think that way about you.”

He also shared some of the details behind life on set, including living in the same condo and going drinking together. “We went out to drink a lot, but not every day,” he said. “Just a couple of drinks while eating dinner. I have a lot of willpower so I don’t get drunk. I don’t really like to drink and I don’t ask people to go drinking on my own initiative. But I don’t make mistakes when I do go out to drink.”

“The Great Battle” stars Jo In Sung, Park Sung Woong, Nam Joo Hyuk, Jung Eun Chae, AOA’s Seolhyun, and more. It is set to be released in South Korea on September 19.

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