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Lee Byung Hun asked the 'RED 2' director to change his character from Chinese to Korean

By jennywill   Friday, June 28, 2013   36,160   182   73



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Lee Byung Hun revealed that he had personally requested his character in the Hollywood film 'RED 2' to be changed from Chinese to Korean.

In the original comic book series, Lee Byung Hun's character is Chinese. But since Lee Byung Hun would be playing the role, he asked the director to change the nationality to a Korean. 

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On June 28, 'RED 2' held their showcase and club party at the Seoul Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel, where he revealed, "Originally, my character is Chinese. But I asked the director if he could change my character to Korean if it didn't hurt the movie. I don't know if that's the reason my character's name is Han, but his name turned out to be Han."

He explained, "Han used to be an agent, just like Bruce Willis and John Malkovich. But because of Bruce Willis, he falls in a set up, and he becomes the most dangerous assassin in the world without wanting to. Although there's a lot of action, the genre of the movie itself is a comedy. You'll feel refreshed by the action, but please also enjoy the humor code in between. My role is serious and charismatic, but he'll also bring some laughs. He's a killer who's lacking the 2%."

The movie opens in theaters on July 19.

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kylielavigne Friday, July 5, 2013

Lol ill definitely be watching this.

lulah4l Saturday, June 29, 2013

I'm really proud of him!! And I think it's great that he gets to play his actual nationality. ;

niamh13 Saturday, June 29, 2013

A lot of people need to self-reflect in this comment section... the U.S. is a melting pot so yeah, we don't really care about specific nationalities. But imagine if you're a small peninsula surrounded by countries who have historically beaten the crap out of you, and are likely to get bombed to hell any day now, so badly that you need to have a conscript army.

As a Korean, you want your name/culture/language out there where everybody gives a damn whether you get blown off the face of the earth. That's what the Hallyu wave is about -- making people give a crap about the Korean culture and wanting to invest in it to see it grow. Lee Byung Hun gets that.

China already has Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, & Jet Li. Let Korea have a Korean action star people can recognize. And those of you who don't care where your Asian actors are from in movies, maybe you should start.

tracyx3 Saturday, June 29, 2013

If it doesn't make much of a difference to the movie, it shouldn't be too big of a deal. Though I don't see the point of changing it from Chinese to Korean. It's not like it matters all that much right?

kitty984 Saturday, June 29, 2013

To be honest I think it's about time a Korean actor actually plays a Korean character. ;

tracyx3 Saturday, June 29, 2013

Just watch K-dramas and Korean movies. lol :P

khara101 Saturday, June 29, 2013

I agree, its time.

krystalanne Friday, June 28, 2013

Okay base on the comments some people find it rude (and as an insult) that he ask to be Korean rather than Chinese but really what does it matter?! Changing his nationality is like changing the name of the character where the story or plot isn't really going to be affected or else the director wouldn't have agree. I guess he just wanted to promote Korean in someway he can since this is a Hollywood movie it will be watch worldwide. And if you watch some teaser or cuts from the movie he did speak a bit in Hangul and Bruce Willis character even told him "Don't speak in Korean" so in some way he did promote Korean a bit and whether the viewers take interest is entirely up to them.

No matter what i will watch the movie since i normally like action movies that Bruce Willis is in and it also a bonus that Lee Byung Hun is going to be a part of it..

apocalyptichist Saturday, June 29, 2013

*Hangukeo(/한국어) is the language name in Korean. Hangul(/한글) is the name of the writing system :) I agree though it's like showing he is Korean and he is proud. I think it's a great thing! If a similar situation happened with me(such as I were playing a British character) I would ask to have the character changed to an American :)

cuteemcdeck Friday, June 28, 2013

Amazing actor. Amazing body. Handsome. But trash personality...

It just proves God is fair. We can't all be perfect.

ploya_h_i Friday, June 28, 2013

Can't wait for the movie to come out ; ;My two fav. actors in the same movie again ♥

BCSN24 Friday, June 28, 2013

They should have given the role to a Chinese actor. Problem solved.

It makes no sense when the comic is called Red. ; That's Chinese...not Korean.

I could see of this was a original script, but its not...there is already a back story.

jenna90 Friday, June 28, 2013

RED means Retired but Extremely Dangerous nothing related to color red

apocalyptichist Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dude, if you're going by color you may as well say Russia. The actor and character can be Korean. It doesn't change the plot.

BCSN24 Sunday, June 30, 2013

@jenna90 You might want to read your history of why Red is Chinese. Has nothing to do with being retired. They just put that there, so it won't offend some people.

BCSN24 Sunday, June 30, 2013

@apocalyptichist You might want to read your history of why Red is Chinese. Has nothing to do with being retired. They just put that there, so it won't offend some people.

apocalyptichist Monday, July 1, 2013

@BCSN24 Dude I'm saying Russia as well because I know my history(and also my Indiana Jones movies). Make sure you know all your history before you start talking about mine.

pedropinilla Friday, June 28, 2013

You know, I really liked Red and for the same I'm gonna watch this sequel as soon as I can and seeing that the original cast is back with more great actors for me is a must.

Now if this guy plays as a Korean or a Chinese, I don't really care but enjoy his performance.

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