Lee Byung Hun Modestly Talks about How He Danced for ‘Masquerade’
Lee Byung Hun danced his heart out for the film Masquerade.
For the film, Lee Byung Hun became both King Gwanghae and the wandering storyteller Ha Sun. When telling his stories in the streets as Ha Sun, Lee Byung Hun even had to dance out some parts of the stories. It is certainly a rare sight to see, as the actor has taken up many different roles but there weren’t many pieces in which he had to dance.
Lee Byung Hun attended the preview and press roundtable held on September 3 for Masquerade with director Choo Chang Min and the actors Ryu Seung Ryong, Han Hyo Joo and Kim In Kwon, and talked about what happened behind the scenes of the film.
At the roundtable, Lee Byung Hun said about his dance, “I used a double for scenes where I had my back turned away from the camera. I attended classes for traditional dances, but they weren’t easy. My teacher danced for the scenes where I had my back turned.”
Director Choo Chang Min said, however, to Lee Byung Hun’s modesty, “More than 90 percent was acted out by Lee Byung Hun. He worked so hard to learn how to dance.”
Lee Byung Hun finished, “I’ve been in this job for so long, but it’s still hard for me to hide how nervous I am at [previews]. I don’t think I’ve ever said any of my pieces are interesting so people should watch it. This one, however, is really interesting. I hope a lot of people come to see it.”
Masquerade is about how the low-class Ha Sun takes the place of King Gwanghae, who is put under the danger of being poisoned. It is based on the 15 days that are actually missing from King Gwanghae’s historical records. Lee Byung Hun took on the roles of both Gwanghae and Ha Sun. The film will premiere on September 19.
Photo credit: Kim Byung Kwan