Lee Kwang Soo Talks About Film Co-Star Shin Ha Kyun And His Thoughts On Happiness
Lee Kwang Soo shared his thoughts about senior actor Shin Ha Kyun and the meaning of happiness.
The actor laughed as he said, “I have a high level of happiness. Personally, I’m easily satisfied with myself. If I set a big goal and don’t achieve it, I may not be able to erase the feeling of failure, so I don’t set big goals. I think I’ve been happy for the last 12 years since my debut, and I’m very satisfied with this.”
He continued, “I want to do my best so that I can be happy with the people around me even after 10 or 20 years. If you want to be greedy or grandiose, you’ll get stressed out, so I just want to be happy like this.”
Lee Kwang Soo’s latest movie “Inseparable Bros” with Shin Ha Kyun was released on May 1. The sentimental comedy is about an older boy Se Ha (played by Shin Ha Kyun), who is the ‘brain,’ and a younger boy Dong Goo (played by Lee Kwang Soo), who is the ‘brawn.’ Though not blood related brothers, they grew up together and stood by each other for the past 20 years. Se Ha is smart, but has a physical disability. Dong Goo is in excellent physical health, but has the mental capacity of a child.
Previously, Shin Ha Kyun praised Lee Kwang Soo’s acting, and Lee Kwang Soo responded, “Don’t people usually not openly praise each other like that? It’s touching to hear compliments through articles and third parties, but I felt even more proud this time. I grew up watching Shin Ha Kyun’s work, and I had a great time watching ‘Welcome to Dongmakgol’ when I was out of the army. So the fact that he saw me in a positive light was very new to me. I think I was able to perfect the character Dong Goo because of Shin Ha Kyun.”
Then he added, “To be honest, I had a hard time with him at first. I heard that he didn’t talk much, and I’m shy with strangers, too. But before the filming, he reached out to me first. Of course, we didn’t talk much though. However, I felt his efforts, so I was able to treat him comfortably after that.”
Lee Kwang Soo showed his admiration for Shin Ha Kyun, saying, “When he talks to the director or deals with the crew and his junior actors, he makes sure he shows consideration for them so that they don’t feel burdened. For example, when setting up an appointment for dinner, he searches up where to go in advance. He’s a sweet guy. I want to be like Shin Ha Kyun when I have more junior actors.”
Lastly, the actor talked about the kind of person he wanted to be. He said, “I value my happiness. I want to be a good person who isn’t only nice to others, but also feels happy while showing consideration for others. Even if it’s a good deed, there’s a limit if you’re uncomfortable with yourself, right? Yoo Jae Suk also shows consideration for others because he’s happy. So when I see that, I start to think carefully about the definition of a ‘good person.'”