Myung Soo Kim has successfully finished his first main role. He has transformed himself as a true actor from his previous work, The Emperor: Owner of the Mask, and now he has shown improvements again throughMs. Hammurabi. This is a great achievement made by his infinite desire and passion.
Myung Soo Kim (L from K-POP boy band, INFINITE), had an interview with Zenith News at a café located at Mapo-gu, Seoul
Myung Soo Kim plays a role of Judge Ba Reun Im in Ms. Hammurabi. Ba Reun Im is a man of principle, but gradually becomes warm-hearted as he meets Cha Oh-reum Park (Ara Go). The reason why Myung Soo Kim was able to adapt so well into his character is because he deeply analyzed the character, Ba Reun Im.
He said, “First of all, the original work of Ms. Hammurabiwas very impressive to me. I was sure that I can do the part when I got the part. I talked with the producer and the scriptwriter a lot for deeper analysis. My character, Ba Reun Im, also has similar personalities with myself, a man of principle and has individualistic characteristics. The shooting took about 7 months, and 5 months for production and 2 months for read-through. I analyzed my character and studied how to express the emotions in advance so that I can do my best on the set, since my character appears a lot in first few episodes. Also it is my first time as a leading character, so I was very nervous. I was very concerned too. I asked for advice too the director and we talked a lot.”
The scriptwriter of the show Yoo Seok Moon, who is also a senior judge of the Seoul Eastern District Court. The series is based on his real life experience, which arouses viewers’ sympathy. Also many details of the courtroom set are seen in each episode. Actors and actresses are able to focus on their characters based on writer’s well directing.
“I went to see the writer’s actual trial at one point. I observed both civil and criminal trials. I visited a judicial chamber to see how other judges work. I tried to feel the atmosphere of the courtroom. Usually, actors need time to adapt the set, but the set looked just like the real courtroom that even the scriptwriter complimented it.”
90 % of the show was pre-produced before the pilot gets aired. Myung Soo Kim usually monitors reactions from the viewers. However, this time, he evaluated himself as an audience since the series was filmed before it gets aired. He also accepted feedback from the viewers and improved his performances.
He said, “The biggest pros of pre-producing the show that I don’t have to be affected by the viewership or Internet comments. Dong-il Sung, the production crew, and the producer were all fun and the atmosphere on set was always so upbeat. The episode 15 and 16 were shot after the pilot was aired. Episode 16 is about jury trial, which is a crucial part of the show. Episode 1 and 2 were doing well, so the atmosphere on set was pretty good. I tried to evaluate myself in the eyes of the viewers, and checked what I need to improve in the future. I also reviewed online comments that criticized about me, and I agree in many of those comments too. I remember one of the comments that stuck in my head, “Maybe he read my comment, you are lacking in this and that part, etc." Those comments really helped me.
Good actors and actresses are able to build the good atmosphere. Myung Soo Kim showed a great chemistry among fellow actors and actresses including Dong-il Sung, Ara Go, and Deok Hwan Ryu.
“Ara Go always smiles. She can always please others. She is very bright and sometimes dorky. Ba Reun Im is a man of principle, so I tried to express the character just as it described in the script, but, Dong-il Sung and Deok Hwan Ryu improvised a lot. At the end of the show, I was able to act better according to what I learned from them. Improvisation is not my thing, but I got used to it now.”
Myung Soo Kim has been actively working as a singer and an actor. However, he could not get a full recognition as an actor since he is a K-POP idol. He was finally recognized by his previous work The Emperor: Owner of the Mask. Myung Soo Kim said he wants to raise his ‘stats’. He added, “Honestly, it was really hard for me to focus on both singing and acting but while I was shooting for Ms. Hammurabi, I could solely focus on acting. Usually, I was always on a tour or promoting my album while shooting for my work so it was very challenging for me physically and mentally. I had to focus on my character itself but it was hard for me to do that since I've been working on so many things at the same time. Now that I focus solely on acting, I was able to improve myself.”
Myung Soo Kim has completed historical and legal television series, and now he is discreetly choosing his next work. Myung Soo Kim loves acting since he can transform himself into a new character with a new job in every different role he chooses. He said he is already excited for what role he will be playing for his next work.
“A singer and an actor are similar profession but they are the different jobs. For example, in video games, if your level goes up, you need more stats in order to reach next level. Now, L has reached higher level but not Myung Soo Kim. I have 2 characters in real life and I want both of them to be recognized.”
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