09 Jul '18, 1am

South Korean heartthrob Lee Seung-gi on training to play a gangster

It is out of the fantasy world and into reality for South Korean heart-throb Lee Seung-gi. The 31-year-old star of A Korean Odyssey, a modern spin-off of the Chinese classic novel Journey To The West, is undergoing intense training for his new role in the upcoming action drama Vagabond, slated for next year's release. In A Korean Odyssey, his character Son Oh-gong is a powerful immortal based on the monkey king character of Sun Wukong from the novel. Lee, who met The Straits Times for a 15-minute interview at the Grand Hyatt hotel last Saturday, says through a translator: "In Vagabond, I'm acting like a gangster, it's very tough. I have to use my body for action scenes and there is nothing gentlemanly about this character at all. Most of my acting has been for fantasy-based shows like A Korean Odyssey. But for Vagabond, it is totally different." To get in shape, he has bee...

Full article: https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/training-to-play-a...

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