Bi + Yoon Gye Sang + Jang Nara…. and more have gathered. Choi Seung Hyun is writing history through the movie Into the Gunfire. He broke the jinx amongst singers-turned-actors in one fell swoop. Other than Uhm Jung Hwa who had moved her center of gravity onto acting, there are practically no success stories when it comes to stars who were originally singers.
It’s true that before casting Choi Seung Hyun, the sound of opposition amongst production staff was quite loud. They thought that casting him as the main role in a grand production worth $13.5 million was unreasonable. To make matters worse, he was caught up in a debate that he had been miscast in his debut role in ‘IRIS’ (KBS). What’s next for Choi Seung Hyun, who’s running hard towards high ground, after his success as an actor?
Beyond Idol and ‘All-In’ to Acting
A good character… enthusiastic support from seniors and his company
And his share of humility as a rookie actor
▶Knock and the door will open
He’s gone completely ‘all-in.’ He cleared his schedule completely and lived in Kyung Nam Hap Cheon. He hasn’t gone up to Seoul for three weeks, and he’s even lived in a motel for awhile. Even if he went up to Seoul due to inevitable circumstance, he would get in a car headed back to Hap Cheon within a day or two.
Even some of the staff who had been doubtful at first were moved by the way Choi Seung Hyun would give himself over with passion. He would sometimes debate with director Lee Jae Han for two hours over a single scene. He would receive lessons from his seniors Kim Seung Woo, Cha Seung Won, Kwon Sang Woo, and others every night in their motel rooms.
This kind of a posture gave off even more light after the premiere. Usually, stars who are popular as singers skip over the promotions once filming is over. This is because of their backed up schedules. But Choi Seung Hyun was different. Like a rookie should, he humbly went to each press conference and gave interviews. And at the end of last month, he participated in promotional activities in Busan. For two days he visited over 20 army bases. And on the third and fourth days, he went around Seoul. Having the main role still promoting in the third week since the premiere is practically unprecedented. Public relations manager Kim Jin Ah said, “I was worried that it was too much, but the truth is that he never complained once.”
▶The Huge Success of Best Supporters
Truthfully, coming across a project as great as this one is a near impossibility. To start off, the character is great. The tragic life of a student soldier is in itself dramatic, and will likely get points for just that. It goes well with the image Choi Seung Hyun has of being both boyish and charismatic. And seniors who are like the galaxy filled in for whatever Choi Seung Hyun was lacking.
The management at his company YG Entertainment did their fair share here. It seems that they make sure that they take care of their stars’ opinions and freedom. Honestly who is Choi Seung Hyun. He’s a member of Big Bang, wanted by everyone everywhere. Recording aside, his days could be filled with just filming CFs. If his schedule gets heavier due to filming movies, there could be financial issues for the company. But YG Entertainment respected the wishes of this actor, who wanted to be sold out to the movie, as much as they could to the point where they adjusted his recording schedule accordingly. Thanks to that, Choi Seung Hyun was able to film as an actor should and promote as an actor should, and receive applause as an actor should.
▶A Temporary Pause for Actor Choi Seung Hyun
Actor vs. singer. What is Choi Seung Hyun’s ultimate goal. As of now, he considers both to be very important.
Due to the movie being a huge hit, Choi Seung Hyun is receiving lovecalls from all over. But it seems that for now, standing in front of a camera as an actor will be hard for him.
For the time being, Choi Seung Hyun will work on his solo album with full force as TOP. And he is slowly getting ready for Big Bang’s new album due out in the second half of this year. Objectively speaking, continuing with acting will be tough to manage through the end of this year. But it could be that we’ll be able to see him at the year-end awards. That is his reputation as a rookie actor.