Korean actor Cha Tae-hyun, who is famous for his trademark comic characters, says he is seeking more chances to take on more comedy projects.
Cha, who looked a bit more nervous than unusual, spoke up about his preference to play in comedy flicks and his impressions about being part of the historical film “The Grand Heist” at the new film’s press conference held in Seoul on July 25.
“I wasn’t so worried about starring in my first historical pic, but I was relieved after finding out that I didn’t look too weird in traditional costumes and make-ups. Even though the film is a historical one, comedy genre is undoubtedly my specialty,” Cha said humorously.
“The reason why I prefer comedy pics [over other genres] is not only because it’s my personal preference but it’s also what people still want from me. I hope to have more chances to play comic roles as long as the audiences want to watch me playing comic characters.”
In “The Grand Heist,” Cha plays the main character named Lee Duk-moo, an easygoing bookseller that forms a professional heist group and becomes the leader for his personal revenge.
The historical comedy pic tells the story of ten skillful thieves trying to rob ‘Seobingo,’ the government office in the Joseon Dynasty that manages the royal ice box.
Scheduled to open in local theaters on August 9, the movie will compete with the same heist pic “The Thieves,” one of the most-anticipated films opening this summer.
Cha, who started his acting career with playing small roles in TV mini-series, shot to stardom after appearing in 2001 smash-hit romance pic “My Sassy Girl,” opposite actress Jun Ji-hyun.
After highlighting his filmography with successful small budget pics “Speed Scandal,” (2008) and “Hello Ghost,” (2010), Cha is concurrently the regular on KBS’ popular variety show “2 Days and 1 Night.”
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