Ma Dong Seok recently had an interview about his new film “The Outlaws 2”!
The follow-up to Ma Dong Seok and Yoon Kye Sang’s 2017 hit action film “The Outlaws,” “The Outlaws 2” (also known as “The Roundup”) will follow the exciting adventures of legendary detective Ma Seok Do and his police station. violent crime squads as they fight to eradicate crime. This time, they will go after Kang Hae Sang, a super villain who has committed crimes in Vietnam.
Ma Dong Seok will reprise his role as Ma Seok Do, and he will be joined by co-stars Choi Gwi Hwa, Heo Dong Won, Ha Jun, and Park Ji Hwan – all of whom will return for the long-awaited sequel. .
The actor first commented on how he felt about returning to a Korean film following his role in the Marvel Studios film “The Eternals,” expressing his excitement and anticipation. “I think this is a time where what everyone needs most is a production that can relieve their stress,” he said. “Everyone must be very frustrated at this time, so I hope ‘The Outlaws 2’ can be a film that can take the stress off their shoulders.”
He went on to share his thoughts on returning to his role as detective Ma Seok Do, saying, “Above all, I’m happy to be returning to a production that received a lot of love, but I’m also nervous. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel the pressure—all the actors and staff worked hard to make sure we didn’t just copy the previous film. As the film goes back and forth between South Korea and Vietnam as we eliminate the bad guys in a more satisfying and thrilling way, I’m really excited to show it to the audience.”
Apart from taking on the lead role, Ma Dong Seok also participated in the planning and production of the project. He commented on how important world-building was in the sequel, after the original film focused more on defining characters. ”
Ma Dong Seok has a lot of action scenes in the upcoming film. He emphasized the importance placed on the safety of himself and his fellow actors while filming. He then added, “In order to show better skills compared to the original film, I worked to polish some special skills like judo and martial arts other than boxing. In Hollywood, there are actors like Dwayne Johnson who specialize in the action genre. I’m working hard to take what I do well and improve even more.”
The battle between the characters Ma Dong Seok and Son Seok Gu is said to be the highlight of this film. When asked if he had a particular story related to the scene between the couple, the actor shared, “Rather than having many meetings beforehand, we worked to turn our synergy on set into action. Son Seok Gu creates some great action scenes thanks to his real and tough fighting style.”
Since Choi Gwi Hwa, Heo Dong Won, Ha Jun, and Park Ji Hwan are also all returning for the second film, viewers can look forward to their back and forth dialogue and on-screen chemistry. Ma Dong Seok commented on their teamwork by saying, “Even though the team is back together for the first time in a long time, it was easy to act together as we are friends who can communicate using only our eyes. Although some ad-libs appeared thanks to our good team work, we were mostly stuck with the outline of the script.”
The actor continued to sing praises for his co-stars, saying, “They are all veteran actors who are skilled at combining comedy and action to suit the dynamics of the film, so I was able to put my trust in them and immerse myself in the role of Ma Seok Do. There really isn’t one bad actor in the bunch. They all did really well, and the actors I shot with in Vietnam were great too. Everyone did so well in their own roles that it made me really happy to see this film.”
Despite his physically demanding schedule, Ma Dong Seok has nothing but gratitude for having the opportunity to take on roles in various films. “I wanted to use the time that was given to me indefinitely, and I wanted to have unlimited opportunities,” he admits. “Just like how Ma Seok Do from ‘The Outlaws 2’ made it a goal to get the job done no matter what, I also wanted to do as much as I could until the end. The magic spell of the film is my biggest driving force.”
Ma Dong Seok concluded, “Rather than a film that leaves you with a heavy heart and a lot of thoughts, I want to give viewers some refreshing action that will relieve all their stress. Now that social distancing restrictions have been eased, I hope many people can gather to enjoy the film as before. Apart from this film, I hope that other films can also be successful and give strength to the film industry.”
“The Outlaws 2” premieres on May 18.
While waiting, check out the first film below!
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