Kim Woo Bin recently sat down for an interview to talk about his upcoming movie “Alienoid”!
“Alienoid” is a two-part film about the events that occur when a mysterious time portal opens and connects the Taoists of the Goryeo dynasty in search of a legendary sword with people in 2022 chasing an alien prisoner who was imprisoned in the body of a human.
The film is directed by Choi Dong Hoon and boasts an all-star cast, including Ryu Jun YeolKim Woobin, Kim Tae Ri, So Ji Sub, Honey Lee, Yeom Jung Ah, Jo Woo Jin, Kim Eui Sung, Shin Jung Geunand Lee Sihoon.
Kim Woo Bin admitted that he was confused after reading the synopsis for the first time. He revealed, “It took me eight hours to read the synopsis. I had never really watched sci-fi movies before and it was hard to imagine what it would be like. However, after seeing the situation as a whole, it became an easy story. It’s a brand new kind of film.”
The actor stars in the film as a Guard, who escorts alien prisoners. Such a role fits perfectly into the sci-fi genre, and getting the visual look of the character is crucial. However, Kim Woo Bin shared that the director wanted his character to blend in. “That’s why we chose an outfit that doesn’t stand out but can still send energy,” he explained.
Talking about what it was like to film with actors of the same age, Kim Woo Bin said, “When I work with senior actors, I always feel like I have to do something for them out of respect. With actors my age, our conversation becomes more relaxed and we talk honestly about our acting. We take on the role of the audience for each other.
The movie marks Kim Woo Bin’s first appearance on set in nearly five years, as he filmed it ahead of his role in “Our Blues.” He recalled the feeling of arriving on location for the first time and being greeted by the director and staff, saying, “I still vividly remember the look and feel of my heartbeat before the first shot of the film slate.”
Kim Woo Bin commented on how filming went and how his lines were often changed on a whim. “Each actor has their own style, and I feel more comfortable when I have everything ready,” he began. “I was a little scared at first. I don’t have much preparation, but what if I can’t live up to people’s expectations? But by talking to the director before shooting, all these worries disappeared. The director is someone who does not stubbornly stick to what he has in mind and who follows the rhythm of the situation and the actors.
He continued, “The setting made me realize that a movie is something made with many people. I’m quite a shy person and I have a lot of inhibitions, but I started enjoying my days on set more and more.
The actor reflected on how his previous roles shaped his attitude towards acting, saying, “I used to play flashy roles frequently and try to portray the charm of that particular genre. However, I always wanted to show realistic acting. After experiencing something big in my personal life, my view of the world changed. In the past, I was living in the future. All I did was to help myself later, and I exercised to have a good body. Because of that, work felt more like work.
He continued, “During a break, I realized how grateful I was for all the things I took for granted. As such, I started loving myself as I was instead of wanting to go into the future. I found pleasure in conversation, meals and exercise. I think it also influences my acting. Ever since I was young, I thought I was lucky to take on a job bigger than me. I felt the weight and the responsibility of not letting people down. But during the filming of “Alienoid,” I started trusting others and thinking, “The director will do it for me,” and “Ryu Jun Yeol will fill in where I miss.”
Regarding his future plans, Kim Woo Bin said, “I finished filming the Netflix series ‘Black Night’ about three or four weeks ago. It took me a long time, so I plan to take a break.
Part 1 of “Alienoid” hits theaters on July 20. Check out a trailer here!
Also watch Kim Woo Bin in “love uncontrollably” with captions below:
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