The reason why the acceptance speech of “D.P.” actor Jo Hyun-chul at Baeksang touched everyone

Actor Jo Hyun-chul was honored with Best Supporting Actor in the TV category at the 58th Baeksang Arts Awards.

On May 6th, actor Jo Hyun-chul, who starred in Netflix’s original series “D.P.” won Best Supporting Actor in the TV category at the 58th Beaksang Arts Awards. In “D.P. (Deserter Pursuit)“, Jo Hyun-chul takes on the role of Jo Suk-bong, a victim of military absurdity.


Jo Hyun-chul received lots of compliments for his outstanding acting skills by excellently portraying the two faces of his character, an innocent Teacher Bongdi who loves comic books and a violent deserter. Although Jo Hyun-chul has been active as an actor in independent films, dramas and theater plays as well as a director, Jo Seok-bong is the character that made his face widely known to the public.

Since Jo Hyun-chul’s appearance was considered a piece that is as much important as the two lead actors (Jung Hae-in and Koo Kyo-hwan), the fact that he received an award was somewhat predictable. However, he took the stage and delivered an unexpected acceptance speech. After expressing his gratitude to the director and fellow actors who worked with him in “D.P.”, Jo Hyun-chul said, “I want to spare some time to give encouragement to my father, who is on the verge of death”. 

Jo Hyun-chul

He continued, “If my dad turns his eyes around a little bit, he can see the red flowers outside the yard through the window. That’s grandmother. I don’t want my dad to be scared because my grandmother is there.

The thing called death, in the way I think, is just a change in the form of our existence. While filming my first feature film ‘You an I’ last year, I could clearly feel that the kids in the Sewol Ferry disaster were there.

And to the important names who were with me during the 6 years of that movie’s preparation – Teacher Park Gil-rae, Kim Yong-kun, Lee Kyung-taek, grandfather, grandmother, uncle, and the Sewol Ferry’s kids, especially Ye-jin, Yeong-eun, Slava, Jung-mo,… I believe they are definitely here even after their death.

Dad, don’t be scared and I hope you spend your last moments beautifully. I’ll clean up the mess and go back soon. Please sleep well. I love you.”

Jo Hyun-chul

From individual to the community, from family to society

Calmly controlling his emotions after comforting his father, he subsequently listed other names as well. He mentioned the late Kim Yong-kyun, a non-regular worker who died on the conveyor belt of Taean Thermal Power Plant due to the management’s failure to comply with safety regulations, Sergeant Byun Hee-soo, a soldier who made an extreme choice after being forcibly discharged due to sex-change surgery, and Lee Kyungtaek, a victim of covered-up school violence and Jo Hyun-chul’s junior at Han-il high School.

Jo Hyun-chul

The late Park Gik-rae, the victim of the “Sangbong-dong pneumoconiosis case,” lived in a factory-dense area and was announced as the first victim of pollution disease in Korea after 14 trials. Jo Joong-rae, Jo Hyun-chul’s father who is struggling on the sickbed and an honorary professor at Myongji University, and Jo Young-rae, Jo Hyun-chul’s uncle, has accompanied Park throughout the process.

Jo Hyun-chul

Jo Hyun-chul devoted his precious time on stage at the ceremony to those who he had mentioned. “I believe they are definitely here even after they had left this world,” he said. In his acceptance speech, life and death did not exist in a segmented world. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once said: “There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.” However, in Jo Hyun-chul‘s acceptance speech, individuals, families, and society were not separate. This attitude and his reason resonated greatly.

He comforted the late ones, the ones staying behind, his family and others that are not his family. In such a popular culture festival filled with many colorful stars, he rather focused on the shadow of our society. This is why his acceptance speech will surely be mentioned several times in the future in this era where hate speech is rising. By far, it was the best acceptance speech we’ve ever seen.


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