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25 April 2008 - Los Angeles - Rain does interview about "Speed Racer" and his career


As part of the publicity tour for SPEED RACER, Rain took part in a round table interview in Los Angeles on April 25. Rain answered questions in both English and Korean, with translation assistance from Lena Shin. Rain at the SPEED RACER press interview:

Rain: Thank you for coming. Iím very honored and thankful to be here. It was great working with the Wachowski brothers, and itís an honor to be here promoting this movie.

Question: For American audiences who are just getting to know you, what would you like them to know about youÖ something that maybe defines who you are?

Rain: First of all, I donít try to wrap myself up in a pretty bow, and I hate being pretentious. I think being honest is the best policy here, and when I donít know something, Iíll admit it. I try to be pretty open, and just be myself. If thereís anybody that admires me as a role model, I think thatís the best way to represent myself: being honest and being who I am.

Q: In America, Asian males are often stereotyped; typecast as not highly sexualized figuresÖ something that you might be trying to change. I was wondering if you could talk about that.

Rain: Well, what Iím trying first is to carry out both my singing career and acting career together. SPEED RACER being the first American film that Iím in, it is a very lucky thing for me since itís helping me tremendously to break into the American entertainment industry. Iím preparing an album in English as well, so I think that might help introduce me to America. I think the result is more important than the process, so as long as I put my effort into the process the results will show eventually.

Q: Regarding SPEED RACER, was the original Japanese MACH GO GO GO anime series popular in Korea?

Rain: Yes. It is very popular.

Q: Were you a fan of the cartoon before you got offered the part in the movie?

Rain: Actually, I didnít watch it, but I knew it was very famous.

Q: Tell us about your character, Taejo Togokahn.Friend or foe? Taejo (Rain) throws a punch at Speed (Emile Hirsch) but isintercepted by Racer X (Matthew Fox).

Rain: In the original cartoon there was no Taejo character; he was invented by the Wachowski brothers for this movie. Itís actually a very important role. On one side heís kind of dark, and on the other, heís supportive of Speed, because he helps Speed get an entry ticket for the final race. Over all, I think the character is a good guy because he genuinely enjoys the moment when Speed wins. I asked the Wachowski brothers ďWhy am I so happy for Speed?Ē, and they told me maybe theyíd show why in the next movie. [laughs]

Q: Did you sign a contract for another SPEED RACER?

Rain: I signed a contract for 3 years but that doesnít guarantee there will be another movie. Also, most of the things in the contract are confidential so I canít say much about it. [laughs] I suspect that if there is another SPEED RACER, Iíll have a bigger role.

Q: What was the biggest challenge in coming to Hollywood?

Rain: Working with the Wachowski brothers made it pretty easy, because they donít differentiate between the starring roles and the supporting roles. They give all the actors concrete ideas for their characters and treat everyone as equals.

Q: Wasnít it a risky choice to do this movie because your performance may be overshadowed by the fame of the Wachowski brothers?

Rain: I donít believe they wouldíve chosen me if they didnít think I could deliver a strong performance. They looked at me closely when I auditioned for the role, and during filming I did my best to live up to their expectations. No matter what kind of a movie and role I get, if I like the film Iíll do my best even if itís only for a single scene. I chose to be part of SPEED RACER, even though itís a supporting role, because I would rather be a small player in the major leagues than a star player in the minors. It still feels surreal working with them. Iím currently doing another project with them, NINJA ASSASSIN, and I think Iíll be in the next SPEED RACER as well.

Q: How did you train for an English speaking role?

Rain: I believe, since Iím Korean, itís pretty obvious that I wasnít able to speak English in the first place. For an American citizen, itís taken for granted that you have to speak English, but Iím not an American so I was kind of intimidated to speak English. I was thinking ďWhat would other people think?Ē, and ďMaybe Iím not pronouncing things rightĒ, or ďMaybe my grammarís not rightĒ. But then I started to think that my position was pretty good, since this was a perfect opportunity for a Korean to learn English. So, when I auditioned with the Wachowski brothers, I said to them, ďRight now, my English might not be perfect, but if you guys wait and see, Iíll do my best on my acting. My English will improve and youíll see me doing very well.Ē The Wachowski brothers didnít cast me strategically, thinking that Iíd market well. They really cast me because they believed in me and had trust in me.When I first saw Susan Sarandon [Mom Racer] on the setó I was her biggest fan when I was youngó so I went up to her and said, ďHi, Susan. Iím learning English, so I might just make a mistake in grammar or pronunciation. Would you please correct me, because Iím going to try speaking in English?Ē And she helped me out. My English is improving day by day, and by the time NINJA ASSASSIN is released next year, Iíll be much better than I am now.Sorry about thatÖ itís a long answer. [laughs]

Q: What actors do you draw inspiration from when you do your acting? Do you have any favorite actors that you try to emulate?

Rain: Do you know Scarface? Yeah, Al Pacino, heís my favorite. I grew up watching Hollywood action films and I always thought maybe one day Iíd be in one, and my dream came true. Iím very happy.

Q: Youíve had some great success as an actor/ singer at a fairly young age. Youíre one of the big stars in Asia, and now youíve got your foot in Hollywood movies. What is your final goal?

Rain: Right now, for me, my primary goal is to see SPEED RACER at #1 on the US box office. Iím not the star, but I am one of the important supporting roles, and being in a great movie that becomes number one would be a dream come true. Iím not allowed to drink right now because Iím in training for NINJA ASSASSIN, but I really feel like I should go out and have a drink. [laughs]

Q: Do you fear for your longevity, ten years, twenty years from now? And what are your thoughts and plans to maintain your success?

Rain: With SPEED RACER now, and everything Iíve done in the past, Iíve given my all. Thereís going to be NINJA ASSASSIN and my English album next year, and Iím gonna do my best to put NINJA ASSASSIN at the top of the box office, and the album at the #1 position in the charts. Whatever I do, Iím very lucky to be in this position, but I believe nothing is impossible when I put my mind to it. Maybe, this isnít related to the question, but in 20 or 30 years when my popularity has faded, Iíll be able to look back and be glad. Itíll be mission accomplished.

Q: Whatís the first thing you want to do, if you return to a normal life after being a celebrity?

Rain: Iím gonna hit on every girl, as many girls as I can.

Thanks, have a great day.

source Author: Keith Aiken - Warner Bros.Official Site: Speed Racer The Movie
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