Im Si-wan Describes His Character In “Boyhood”, “He’s The Weakest But He Pretends To Be Normal”

Actor Im Si-wan expressed his feelings about acting as “the weakest” and “the strongest”

On November 20th, the press conference for Coupang Play’s original drama “Boyhood” was held at The Great Hall of Chosun Palace in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. Actors Im Si-wan, Lee Sun-bin, Lee Si-woo, Kang Hye-won, and Lee Myung-woo attended the event.

Set in South Chungcheong Province in 1989, “Boyhood” tells about Byeong-tae (Im Si-wan), whose goal is to live a life without getting hit, becoming the strongest in Buyeo High School out of a sudden. This is a new film by director Lee Myung-woo, who made “The Fiery Priest”, “Backstreet Rookie” and “One Ordinary Day”.

Explaining his character Byeong-tae, Im Si-wan said, “His real name is Jung Byeong-tae. After transferring to another school, he is misunderstood as Jung Gyeong-tae, known as a fighting legend by the whole nation, because their names sound similar.”

He continued, “He has endured a lot when he was the weakest. Viewers can wait and see whether he will be able to turn that into fighting skills”, raising anticipation for the drama.

Regarding his focus when portraying the character, the actor said, “Since I have to go back and forth between two extreme situations, being a ‘the weakest’ and being ‘the strongest’, I thought a lot about how to make the gap clear”.


He added, “I wondered which aspect to preserve as my true nature because I believe that I should keep some part of me. Also, I tried to highlight the differences and show the gap between the two characteristics clearly through outfits”.

When asked whether it was more comfortable to act as “the weakest in Onyang High School” or “the strongest in Buyeo High School”, Im Si-wan said, “I felt more comfortable being Byeong-tae before becoming the strongest in Buyeo. I felt like it was the real me”, adding “Byeong-tae pretends to be normal but his appearance clearly shows that he’s the weakest”, drawing laughter

“Boyhood” airs every Friday at 8 p.m., starting with episodes 1 and 2 on November 24th.

Source: Daum

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