Gong Yoo is considered one of the most successful South Korean actors of his generation. Not only did he appear in various television and movie projects because most of it also helped him reach major milestones in his career.
Recently, Gong Yoo shocked his avid followers when he had a special appearance on the popular Netflix series titled Squid Game. Since his character only had a quick exposure, some fans were left wondering as to the details of Gong Yoo's role.
Squid GameDirector Reveals Details About Gong Yoo's Character
Director Dong Hyuk Hwang divulged that he personally asked Gong Yoo to take on the role as a salesman in Squid Game. He said that, luckily, the Train to Busan lead star gladly agreed to appear on the said show.
When asked about the possibility of having Squid Game Season 2, Hyuk Hwang did not give a straightforward answer. He, however, revealed that filming the first batch of episodes was difficult since he was very involved in the production of the series.
"I don't think I can do season 2 for a while because writing, producing, and directing it all by myself is so mentally and physically difficult."
Gong Yoo played a salesman in Squid Game and appeared in Episode 1 and Episode 9. Director Dong Hyuk Hwang commented on the speculations of the blue and red envelopes and how the character is significant in the storyline. In an interview with Hypebeast, he stated:
"The recruiter is a facilitator from the game that gains trust from the authority and is allowed to work outside in public."
The entertainment news website added that the colors of the envelopes were inspired by the Japanese legend called Aka Manto, where a masked spirit asks humans to choose between blue paper or red paper in the bathroom. Squid Game is being considered the most successful South Korean drama on Netflix.
Who Is Squid Game Actor Gong Yoo?
For starters, Gong Yoo led some of the most successful South Korean series in the history of entertainment. The 42-year-old K-drama superstar gained popularity when he appeared in the romantic comedy series titled Coffee Prince in 2007, where he was the café owner who fell in love with one of his employees.
In 2016, Gong Yoo became a household name after he was tapped to star in the fantasy-romance drama series titled Guardian: The Great and Lonely God, which was also known by the nickname Goblin after his immortal character. His exemplary portrayal as Goblin earned him a Baeksang Arts Award for Best Actor.
Gong Yoo also gained international fame with the record-breaking zombie movie called Train to Busan. The said film, which premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, broke the opening week record in South Korea after it sold a whopping five million tickets during its first seven days in theaters.
Aside from his remarkable characters, Gong Yoo is also known for supporting humanitarian causes and helping people in need. As a matter of fact, the South Korean actor joined several personalities in donating a significant amount of money for COVID-19 relief last year.
South China Morning Post reported that Gong Yoo donated a total of $84,000 under his real name. The Squid Game actor, as per the report, asked for the money to be used in supporting frontliners, low-income, and underprivileged people.
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