"For my role as a musical director, I took piano and orchestrating lessons. So there were some regrets when it wasn't used in the film, but that was the director's call, so I will follow." After a 4 year absence, South Korean actor Kim Rae Won returned to the big screen with his new film 'My Little Hero'. But not everything can be perfect, and Kim Rae Won does have some regrets with regards to his new film.
'My Little Hero' talks of an out-of-luck musical director Yoo Il Han (Kim Rae Won) who dreams of taking part in a musical competition to turn his whole life back on track. But he pairs up with a young boy (Ji Dae Han) who has zero chances of winning. But the two soon put their different agendas aside and work together to show to the world that you can win as long as you work hard, regardless of the situation.
Kim Rae Won who plays Yoo Il Han, was totally immersed into his role and reprised it with acting that only he can do. When I mentioned that the character of Yoo Il Han had some similarities with him, Kim Rae Won shook his hand in denial and said, "There isn't a part where we are similar. I am not like Yoo Il Han who works hard and goes back to his beginning to find his original aims. I will just forget about it or not think about it, and just go with the flow and live with it."
As someone who doesn't go back to his past, he has a different take regarding his work just like how he would treat his children. 'My Little Hero' was his first film after hitting 30 years old, and Kim Rae Won had regrets in his eyes just talking about it. "This was my first film after 30, and my role isn't that eye-catching, as it is just a supporting role for the children. So there was some regrets there. Although I acted well, there wasn't any highlights that would leave a deep impression on moviegoers." Even then, Kim Rae Won also had words of praise for the kid actor, "Dae Han was really good in the film, and I really liked him," smiling as he spoke of him, and looking just like his Yoo Il Han role who looks at Young Kwang (Jin Dae Han) from afar after sacrificing himself for success.
Although filming wrapped up a few months ago, Kim Rae Won has yet to extract himself from the role of Yoo Il Han as yet. "Filming was particularly smooth sailing, and I am someone who won't find it hard to pull myself away from my roles. But this film has made me develop some feelings that refuses to go away even though it's already been a while."
But there is something that still leaves a deep impression on Kim Rae Won, and that was his 2006 film 'Sunflower' which has been labeled as a 'rediscovery of Kim Rae Won'. In 'Sunflower', Kim Rae Won plays Tae Sik who would go to great lengths to protect his loved ones by sacrificing himself, and finds hope eventually despite adverse conditions. "While filming 'Sunflower', I really put in a lot of effort and immersed myself totally into my role. The role was set in that I had lost my loved ones whom I adore very much, and I was somewhat caught up in the emotions while acting in it and felt tired. It was the same for my drama 'A Thousand Days' Promise', and the director even said that whenever he sees me, it was like 'A Thousand Days' Promise' had arrived."
Kim Rae Won made his debut at the age of 15 and has already been in the film industry for 18 years now. Having gone past his rebellious teen period and the ambitious 20s, Kim Rae Won has nothing much to aim for at his present state. "I don't really have anything in particular that I would like to attempt now. I just feel that something good will come along my way if I just stand my ground and live normally. Lee Byung Hun is in Hollywood, Won Bin stars in action flicks, they definitely have a lot of dreams themselves. If you work hard at it, success will come your way naturally," answering in a way that is definitely befitting of the frank and sincere Kim Rae Won.
But even so, as an actor, you would definitely want to be noticed by the public and be recognized by them for your acting or roles. "If the reaction to 'My Little Hero' is good, and Yoo Il Han becomes a role that is well-liked by the public, will I become a representative actor in the eyes of people? I don't really think that is going to happen, haha."
During the interview, Kim Rae Won kept revealing his regrets regarding his film role, and from his tone and eyes, we could see how ambitious Kim Rae Won is towards his performances. "I feel that I was born to be an actor, but I don't to be still acting until the day I die. I hope to act for 10 more years, and then live as a man who takes good care of his family. But in order to do that, I have to work really hard at my craft now."