Bong Tae Gyu Provides Own Clothes for ′The Beat Goes On′
Bong Tae Gyu (31) made his silver screen comeback with his appearance as the hip-hop producer, Chang Dae, in The Beat Goes On, a film about youth and hip-hop. He revealed that several of the hip-hop costumes used in the movie were from his own closet.
On March 7, Bong met with enews and said, "Although this was a small-scale production, I feel proud of what we accomplished compared to the budget available [to us]. I took a low guaranteed [salary] to appear in the movie due to the budget constraints."
"This movie did not make a lot of money for my agency [Key East] but I am thankful for their support. Due to our circumstances, only one manager was able to accompany me on the production set. I didn′t even have a stylist. And most of the costumes worn by my character were my own clothes," Bong said.
In The Beat Goes On, Bong is a hip-hop producer who watches his 20′s pass him by. As such, Bong′s character goes through phases where he dresses in outrageous hip-hop attire in his youth, to wearing somewhat laidback clothing in his late 20′s, showing viewers the diversity in hip-hop fashion.
"The clothes worn by present-day Chang Dae are all my own and even the clothes worn by past Chang Dae were 80 percent mine. I even paid for [Chang Dae′s] tattoo that appears in the movie. Paying attention to the little details can cost quite a bit. There were many little things that I had to take care of for the production of this movie but it was a wonderful experience," Bong said with a smile.
He added, "Even for my appearances in plays and musicals the last several years, I didn′t have the assistance of a manager and took care of things on my own. I took the subway and bus, and when I had plays in Daehangno, I even walked due to the close proximity with my home. As for clothes, I just wore a tracksuit."
"I usually met Director Byun Sung Hyun in exit two of Hapjeong station and most people didn′t recognize who we were, and even if they did, there were no problems," Bong said.
Bong′s character Chang Dae is a talented hip-hop producer who ends up watching the success of his friend and former group member, Min Soo (played by Lee Young Hoon) from the sidelines. The movie is about hip-hop and will portray the realistic concerns and relationships faced by young adults in their late 20′s.
The Beat Goes On was able to start production due to a 600 million won funding from the Korean Film Council and also received marketing support from CGV′s Movie Collage.
The movie will be released in theaters on March 15.
Photo credit: Kim Byung Kwan
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