As promised (or threatened I suppose you could say if you're some sort of delicate hot-house flower terrified of strangers speaking directly at you, in which case you really need to get off the internet!) I went to the New York Asian Film Festival last night to see the actor Byung-hun Lee in person (and to see his latest South Korean thriller Inside Men, but more on that probably later). And there he was, in person! (Here's another shot on Instagram.)
What a lark! I didn't plan on sitting in the front row but I ended up sitting in the front row, right in front of him, so I managed to score some fine pics. He was charming and humble and very funny - did you know he was the first Korean presenter at the Oscars last year? He told the story of going and how drunk he got to cover his nerves, and how he forced Sofia Vergara (his presenting partner) to rehearse their bit over and over again. He said he even rehearsed walking the red carpet and sitting in his seat!
It was adorable. Anyway he was also asked about his upcoming American movie (besides South Korean classics like I Saw the Devil and JSA and The Good the Bad and the Weird he's starred in plenty of American blockbusters like the Red movies - in which he got mostly naked! - and Terminator: Genisys and GI Joe), Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Magnificent Seven with Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington, and I got his response on video! So here's that:
As usual thanks to the fine folks at The Film Society
and the fine folks at NYAFF for setting up the fine event!