Actor Ryu Jun-yeol, who tried wire action for the first time in the movie “Alien,” showed his passion for acting by preparing for the movie for a year.
“I lost more than 5kg while doing wire action this time. It rained for more than 50 days and we filmed the action scenes in humid weather. There were two or three layers of coatings, and the clothes on the outside were all wet. I don’t sweat a lot even when I play soccer. But back then, I changed my underwear 2-3 times a day.”
The first part of “Alien” is a movie about the opening of the door of time between a Taoist monk trying to occupy a new sword in the late Goryeo Dynasty and an alien imprisoned in the human body in 2022. Ryu Jun-yeol played the role of a half-hearted master who wanted to get his hands on the sword.
Ryu Jun-yeol said he grew his hair for a year and prepared for the action scenes. He said, “I started gymnastics to show the audiences the raw action. Now, I can do backflips, front flips, and side turns lightly.”
He’s done action scenes several times before, but it’s his first time doing wire action. “The action was different. I started wearing wire when I arrived at work. It started with wire and ended with wire,” he said. “When working on a movie, several people breathe together to film from the start to the landing. There were 10 people at most and 2-3 people at least,” he explained.
“What I paid the most attention to during wire action is balance. I tried to find out where to put strength and pull it out. Even if I try to jump better or land better, it doesn’t work well. It works when I do something in the middle. I thought it would work out well because I like sports so much and I was good at it, but it wasn’t as easy as I thought,” he said. “There was a scene when I had to do it more than dozens of times. I think the scene that the public sees will be the last take,” he added.
He must have gotten closer to the cast while doing action scenes. In particular, he mentioned his chemistry with Kim Tae-ri, who he had worked with once in his previous film “Little Forest.” Ryu said, “I have affection for actress Kim Tae-ri very much. She is a friend who definitely feels like a colleague. I usually meet a lot of local friends, soccer team members, and school friends. However, Yoo Ji-tae sunbaenim once told me this when we filmed the movie “Money,” “Stay close to your fellow actors and make lots of friends. It’ll be very helpful.’ We (Kim Tae-ri and I) monitored each other’s work and talked about it. It’s very helpful. This is another production we worked on together after “Little Forest.” “We were both rookies during ‘Little Forest’ but this time we were able to do better.”
Ryu Jun-yeol was close to director Choi Dong-hoon and talked a lot about in-depth things with him. He said, “I think of the director as a chatting partner. We’ve been together for two to three years, and it’s fun to talk about the same thing. It was good to communicate easily. I want to do the next work with him,” he said.
He also said, “The director didn’t call me by the name of the role ‘Mureuk’, but called me ‘Junyeol, Junyeol’. It was nice he was able to bring out the spirit inside me whenever he called me affectionately,” he said.
Ryu Jun-yeol, who also visited Choi’s house, said, “There were a lot of books piled up on one wall of the director’s house. There were classics, cartoons, novels, etc. that I saw when I was young. I thought that these things piled up while he created stories. I could see that he was making it while working really hard,” he said with respect.