Money Heist Korea is the latest Netflix K-series predicted to create a huge craze following the success of Squid Game and All of Us Are Dead.
Helmed by L.U.C.A.: The Beginning director Kim Hong Seon, Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area - Part 1 made its premiere on June 24 and immediately gained viewers' attention.
Flix Patrol, a website that provides streaming ratings globally, cited that the Korean adaptation series made it to the third spot on Netflix’s Top 10 TV shows worldwide.
With this, Money Heist Korea ranked first mostly in Asian countries including the Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Morocco, Thailand, South Korea and more.
Following the premiere of the six-part episode K-series, lead star Yoo Ji Tae spoke about his experience and thoughts about the remake.
Yoo Ji Tae on Playing The Professor for Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area
During the online interview, the 46-year-old actor pointed out that he couldn't deviate from the original visuals of The Professor but they had to tweak it a little bit to suit him.
As obtained by Sports Chosun, Yoo Ji Tae asked the director and writer if he could wear a suit or casual suit for the role.
Moreover, he also suggested wearing silver rather than the stylish glasses, but emphasized that he “did not deviate too much from the original” adding “I thought that if I wore them and acted like that, I would feel like a con artist.”
For Yoo Ji Tae, he wanted to highlight the “credibility with an innocent and pure” intention of The Professor.
In the original version titled La Casa de Papel, created by Alex Pina, the Professor is played by the Spanish actor Álvaro Morte.
His role is being the mastermind and the one who orchestrated the heist with his brother Berlin.
Yoo Ji Tae Reveals he Wanted to Be Berlin in Money Heist Korea
Although the character perfectly suits Yoo Ji Tae, he says that if he didn't get the role of The Professor, he would choose to be Berlin, played by the equally talented Park Hae Soo.
"I've played a lot of villains before, so if I play a different role, I think it would be Berlin.”
Besides Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic, Yoo Ji Tae also appeared in various Kdrama and movies.
He teamed up with Lee Bo Young in When My Love Blooms, The Swindlers and was also the director and screenwriter for the 2009 short film Invitation, Out of My Intention, and more.
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