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I like this zippo Oh that's hot! Q. How do you feel now that the series 'Vincenzo' has ended? How do I feel now? How do I feel... I'm scared Quite scared I'm scared to part from the filming crew the actors, as well as the staffs because I know how rare it is to meet or work with such nice people Q. Tell us about the first day and the last day of shooting. If I compare it to the first day of shooting It was with Jeon Yeo-been and Ok Taec-yeon at the police station Although it was the first time, it didn't feel awkward or anything Based on my experience, the first shooting is always quite awkward but strange enough, it wasn't like that with Yeo-been and Taec-yeon And the first time of shooting with the other actors this was in front of Geumga Plaza Vincenzo holds a party in that scene Maybe it was just me, but I felt very comfortable So the first and the last shooting weren't that different and that was a new experience for me
There was a certain consistency but of course, since it was the last shooting everyone was quite sad It was a joke, but some of the casts went "Where's the script for episode 21?" and that made me cry I tried to hide it, but... Behind-the-scenes... It was all there What to do Okay, fine! I'm a crybaby I'll accept it Q. Which part of the 'Vincenzo' scripts did you find most interesting? The most interesting part in 'Vincenzo' scripts... So when we first receive the script, we browse through it I usually read them during breaks between scenes and the script is so funny it makes me laugh so hard "How does he write these things?" but once I get inside the scene and start acting it... is sad when I say the lines I often feel very... sad or bitter I think the scriptwriter has such a sentimentality in the writing it looks cheerful on the outside
but once I'm inside it actually is... rather sad It was an exquisite combination of sweet and salty It's funny but sad, and sad but funny I think that was well delivered in the final product Q. Which attribute of the character, 'Vincenzo' did you find the most attractive? Oh The most attractive thing about Vincenzo... There are just too much, but the biggest one for me is that everything about him, the personality or the environment was all quite restrained at the start but he slowly opens up as he goes through a lot of things with the people around him He struggles to hold back, not to open up but in the end, he couldn't help it and he opens up to them, in a good sense and those people would include firstly, Atty. Hong Yoo-chan and then Atty. Hong Cha-young and the Geumga Plaza tenants
and lastly, the person who really made him open up was his mother, Oh Geyong-ja and although it feels like he hasn't opened his doors completely but those people I just mentioned they were the ones who got him to start opening the doors that were once tightly shut He is well aware of the changes and he knows how to appreciate it I think that's what makes him attractive The second attribute would be that he is rich very rich when he gives his card to Mr. Nam even in my eyes, he was so cool He doesn't pay in installments, he always says single payment that, I found attractive not just because he is rich but because he knows how to spend for himself Personally, I really admired that part of him
I suddenly feel like I bragged so much about my character but he is cool, and that's the truth Q. Which part did you focus on the most while in character as 'Vincenzo?' The part that I focused on the most... The series constantly crosses over so many genres so I tried hard to balance things out at first I had doubts too There were heavy sequences dealing with serious issues which were followed by comical scenes with the Geumga Plaza tenants and vice versa, there were comical scenes followed by sad scenes that made me feel quite unsure, frankly I wondered how it will turn out all the doubts were gone and it was because I realized that it's just the way life is There are moments we laugh even when we're very sad So that's when realization hit me and all my doubts melted away Q. Do you have a favorite a scene or a line that shows the identity of the series? Vincenzo's line...
The blackmail collection? Well, there are a lot but there was one line of Vincenzo that the scriptwriter wrote which reflected a lot of what I believe and I could really relate to it While having dinner with Seung-hyuk, Vincenzo says "Don't talk about age. All age does is give you a lot of responsibilities" and I totally agree to that line and this isn't Vincenzo's line, actually but when Atty. Cha takes him to the airport she says this in Italian, "Friends are like one soul in two bodies." Atty. Cha looked so beautiful when she said that I was comforted by that message and I knew the viewers would like it too The one line that I love the most from the entire series It's what the owner of the laundromat says to Vincenzo "You must have a lot in your head. You could feel like you wish to run away. But just don't think too much and do what you do. That's how you can help others."
When I heard him say that I was in tears Q. What was the most memorable episode behind-the-scenes? I need 100 candles to talk about episodes behind-the-scenes No, I need more than that, there's so much But there's one I remember The owner of the pawnshop and his wife, Yeon-jin were to have a baby and they have a celebratory party at Arno Restaurant When shooting that scene, our director just set us free The entire scene was just ad libs The script was just "They all enjoy the party" with no lines or whatsoever So it was entirely improvised, but the casts connected so well and one by one, the scene was filled with each of the characters So it was Jeon Yeo-been in character as Atty. Hong would ask Vincenzo to sing, and I would back out, call out on Seok-do all those things were improvised, we never discussed it or rehearsed I could feel that connection amongst the casts and it was a thrilling experience In terms of the scenes from the series, I'd say the ending on episode 4
At first, that wasn't how it was but one of the staffs suggested the song 'Vincero' So that changed the mood of the ending scene I had goosebumps when I watched it on-air just like how it was during shooting That was so satisfying but somewhat sentimental because of the bereaved family I was really moved while shooting that scene and I thought so too, watching it on-air I remember that scene a lot Q. Many actors who've worked with you described you as a caring and considerate person That's too kind...! I'm doing it to make things more comfortable So in the end, its for my own good too So that I can feel more at ease while shooting but the difference this time was that they all liked to give back and it created a bizarre synergy and an amazing workplace Is it too far? Q. What have you learned through 'Vincenzo?'
There are a lot, I don't know where to begin I learned so many things, honestly When I'm shooting with the Geumga Family casts we had this inside buzzword "I've learned a lot today" The first person who said that was the owner of the laundromat, Choi Deok-moon So we all picked that up and said it jokingly but I think deep down, we all meant it and we were all mature enough to learn from the others So what I've learned was that whether big or small, if I look around, there's always something I can learn Another big lesson I've learned is that I can have fun while working, and that it's such a great blessing I enjoyed and loved what I was doing and that's why the viewers could feel it too And people telling me that they could see how much we're enjoying what we're doing That made me so happy, because it was true And that's why the viewers could feel it too
Q. How would you remember the work, 'Vincenzo?' In the future, I would look back to the memories and if I'd compare it to a book I pull out from the shelf I think it would be a book that gives comfort and encouragement Similar to a graduation album that brings back memories and makes you smile even when I'm struggling or going through a lot I think the memories would give me energy and cheer me up 'Vincenzo' would be a turning point for me not only as an actor but also as one person I think this one really sank deep within myself If I'd compare it to this one last candle it'd be the candle I'd really hate to blow out
I hate to, but I know it's time to say goodbye so I'll have to blow out this candle called 'Vincenzo,' but I don't want to It's time to let go now, so I must I shall blow out the last candle of 'Vincenzo' See? It's not going out It doesn't want to go as well I'll try again Definitely doesn't want to go How funny
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