The Stars of ′The Berlin File′ Say They Had a Hard Time Speaking in German and English
Even veteran actors had their hard times in the face of foreign languages.
The leads of The Berlin File, Han Seok Gyu, Ha Jung Woo, Jun Ji Hyun and Ryu Seung Bum all talked about how difficult it was to act in foreign languages.
The four actors appeared at the press preview and roundtable held on January 21 in Seoul.
They all agreed when asked about their acting in languages other than Korean that "it wasn′t easy."
The film is set in Berlin, Germany, meaning that the actors had to act out some lines in German. They even had to talk with other foreigners in English, while Ha Jung Woo, Jun Ji Hyun and Ryu Seung Bum, who appear as North Koreans, even had to say their Korean lines with a North Korean dialect.
Han Seok Gyu, who had many lines in English, said, "I could memorize the English lines, but it was hard to react to the lines thrown at me. When you say your lines you have to hear what your partner is saying and react to that, but it wasn′t easy to act with a foreigner before my eyes."
He then added to laughs from his audience, "The post-recordings covered up for me a lot."
The English lines weren′t easy even for Ha Jung Woo, who studied abroad when he was in college.
"Even when I memorized the foreign lines so much they could′ve popped out on instinct, I became nervous when I had to act with foreigners on set. It was also harder because I wasn′t sure on how the Korean audience would accept seeing a Korean actor act in a foreign language for a Korean film."
For Jun Ji Hyun, who had previously acted in English for a Hollywood film, it was the North Korean dialect that was more difficult.
"I didn′t have that hard a time because I didn′t have many lines in another language," she said. "I was more pressured about my North Korean lines."
"I became very sensitive on set because every line meant something and I had to really place myself in the scenes," she added.
Ryu Seung Bum used both German and English. It wasn′t easy to be an English-speaking villain.
He said, "Acting becomes hard when the actor isn′t sure of himself. I tried to act with confidence."
The Berlin File is an action film about a chase between those involved in an international scheme. It premieres on January 31.
Photo credit: Hea Jung Min
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