Choi Min-sik , Oh Dae-su In The Original OLDBOY Has No Desire To See The Remake
But he will cameo in the film if Spike Lee asks him. The film is currently set to begin shooting this summer/fall with a stellar cast consisting of Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley.
Speaking to Twitch at the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival, actor Choi Min-sik briefly touched on the movie which made him an international star, Chan-wook Park's 2003 OldBoy---
LMD: I think most people in the West primarily know you from playing Oh Dae-su in Oldboy. It's almost ten years since the film was released, why do you think it resonated so strongly with worldwide audiences?
CM-s: The subject of Oldboy is really universal. I know a lot of violence is there, but still it's really a very human tragedy, so that a lot of foreign audiences from different culture bases can all understand the messages all together
LMD: It's interesting to hear that you are in favour of the American Oldboy remake. Would you consider appearing in it if you were offered a part?
And speaking to Flixist Choi Min-sik revealed that he's actually been following the press for the film very closely and is in favor of the remake, although he has no plans to see the film. It's nothing against Spike Lee but he's been waging a long battle against the saturation of the Korean film market with American films in his native country.
Unfortunately, things have gotten off to a rocky start for the American remake. It was a lengthy search to find the villain of the piece, with actors such as Clive Owens, Collin Firth and Christian Bale all passing on the role before Sharlto Copley signed up to join Elizabeth Olsen and Josh Brolin. However, after a troubled start, production is currently scheduled to start sometime in the coming autumn. Director Spike Lee offered the following update to GQ in a recent interview---
GQ: You're working on a MJ doc now though, right?
Spike Lee: What I'm doing now is a documentary on the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's Bad album. I'm also doing another documentary on Brazil called Go Brazil Go. I'm going to be directing Mike Tyson on Broadway later, it's a one man show. And then we got, God willing, Oldboy [an American remake of the popular 2003 South Korean manga film of the same name] coming up in the fall...
GQ: What's up with that?
Spike Lee: Waiting for the green light. Josh Brolin...My man from District 9, Sharlto Copley.
GQ: What's stopping it though? People want to see this.
Spike Lee: You know they're still trying to get the numbers straight, but I think it's going to happen.
GQ: It's good to see you're optimistic about it.
Spike Lee: Yeah. If you add all the things up we're rolling now.
If you haven't seen the original, I highly recommend it. The original version is currently streaming on Netflix.
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