Yoo Ah In, Teenage Delinquent
Yoo Ah In, the poster child for troubled, angsty teenagers (at least in films), revealed that he was actually quite the problem child in real life as well.
“My stormy past helped me get more into my role,” said Yoo, referring to his most recent role as the rebellious Wan Deuk, in Punch.
At the Punch press preview and interview on September 27 in Seoul, Yoo confessed, “I’ve been expelled from school and I’ve gone against my parents and teachers a lot.”
“I started acting when I was 19, but once, I said I would quit and travelled to my hometown, Daegu,” added Yoo. “Because of those times, I became more attached to Wan Deuk. Most of my roles are harsh and rebellious, but that’s because I view the world that way. I can’t see the world as a beautiful and calm place, so I like these kinds of roles better.”
Wan Deuk, a juvenile delinquent who believes he’s meant to be unhappy, has a hunchback father and a foreign mother, and must learn to overcome the difficulties of his surroundings before finding his happiness. The role required Yoo to show rebellion, sympathy for his character’s parents and a love for kickboxing, all of which Yoo managed to do without any difficulty.
“I believe that from the audience’s point of view, this is a film that is much anticipated. It’s not just a light film. I hope the film becomes a meaningful one for the audience.”
The film Punch revolves around Wan Deuk, and how he becomes both a mentee and a mentor to Dong Ju (Kim Yun Suk), a rebellious and nosy teacher, and how he learns to open his heart to the world. The film will premiere on October 20.
Photo credit: Kim Byeong Gwan