[article] Korean stars grace Hollywood movies.

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The Korea Times 4/7/2014 — by Park SiSoo

Korean stars grace Hollywood movies

A record number of actors will play major roles in US blockbusters

[Rain excerpts]

Are Korean actors increasingly wanted in Hollywood, or is it a sheer coincidence that a record number of them will have the opportunity to feature in Hollywood films this year?

So far five Korean actors — Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik, Jung Ji-hoon, Bae Doo-na, Soo Hyun — are set to play in a Hollywood movie or are awaiting the release of their film.


K-pop singer and actor Jung Ji-hoon, better known as Rain, recently completed filming of his second Hollywood movie “The Prince.” He made his Hollywood debut in 2008 in “Speed Racer.” In the new film, he plays alongside Bruce Willis, John Cusack and Jason Patric. “The Prince” is expected to be released at the end of the year.


Jung Ji-hoon is widely known to have learned English from actor Lee Bum-soo’s wife Lee Yoon-jin, a professional Korean-English interpreter.

“I started teaching him (Rain) with his U.S. debut only 100 days away,” interpreter Lee said. “Back then he did not have enough time to learn English step by step. So my teaching was focused on how to deliver ‘key messages’ in English during interviews there. Actually there is no problem catching a speaker’s key message with only a couple of words or sentences.”

» You can read this extensive article about Lee ByungHun, Choi MinSik, Rain, Bae DooNa, and Soo Hyun in its entirety and leave your comments on The Korea Times online HERE.



~ by Cloud USA on April 7, 2014.

One Response to “[article] Korean stars grace Hollywood movies.”

  1. Is it sheer coincidence record numbers of Korean actors are entering Hollywood?
    In a word, no. What’s going on is twofold. Many Korean actors are very talented and continually strive to make themselves better within their craft. Continually working hard at one’s craft, will keep them ready when Hollywood does come calling. That’s #1. Secondly, many Westerners (Americans specifically) watch Korean dramas…..religiously. I’m one of those people. We love those dramas and many Korean actors/actresses have become favorites of we Western viewers. The “suits” in Hollywood have begun to notice this….obviously. One thing that hardly ever gets by the “suits” in Hollywood is another way to make a buck. In other words, Hollywood is seeing the “benjamins” (m-o-n-e-y) baby, on both sides of the ocean. Korean actors represent a new market and new untapped potential for Hollywood films. These actors have an already built in fan base that’s also comprised of some English speakers in the mix as well. As far as the “suits” are concerned, it’s a no-brainer.


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