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the interview got taken before he left for berlin


07 Oct 19—[Elle Magazine] Extensive Interview with Rain

“My body will be ‘engraved’ with my wife’s name”

Inhis maiden movie <I’m A Cyborg, but That’s Ok>, Rain got his ownhair cut into a strange hairstyle, and acted as a mental hospitalpatient. However, the sacrifice of his image did not obtain the mostideal result. Just like their fascination and liking for Lee Young-jaein <Full House>, the fans like to see Rain in more of a healthyand bright image, and even want to understand more of Rain’s truecolors and feelings regarding the idea of romance in this world.

Inactuality, Rain’s way of expressing love, could possibly be more rigidand extreme than Lee Young-jae’s. He says that once he meets a girlwhom he likes, he will ‘engrave’ her name onto himself, or ‘take on apair of wings on his back’. (??) “However, this ‘she’ will definitelybe the name of my future wife.” This form of extreme expression is forRain to express his own steadfastness. He is a person who will not givehimself an escape route; once he begins with something he will followthrough with it. And once he experiences love, he will not give himselfany opportunity for excuses—such as the excuse of being too busy, orthe excuse that he has too many fans—Rain wants to give 100% of himselfto the one he loves. This is the kind of love he is searching out for;this is a man who regards much importance on love.

“The person on the stage can never be replaced”

InSouth Korea, Rain has been called “South Korea’s Michael Jackson”. Heis enjoying this. “Michael Jackson is also an idol that I’ve worshipedsince my childhood. There is probably no one who does not admireMichael Jackson as a singer; everyone thinks that he is world star. Ihave studied his performances, and I am diligently trying to be likehow he is on stage.” In order to achieve this goal, Rain must acceptvigorous training everyday; the longest time has been 10 hours in oneday. No matter how busy, he guarantees himself 2 to 3 hours daily forpractice. It is to the point where he doesn’t even think about eatingor sleeping, a huge strain on his physical strength. But Rain says thathe is currently so used to this kind of living condition, and althoughit’s been difficult, it makes him happy to think that he can traintogether with his fellow dancers. He did not refuse to talk about this:back in his younger days when he first accepted training, he hadsprouted the thought of giving up. It was because the Rain at that timewas an extrovert, felt a little inferior, did not like to be in public,and was unable to imagine himself performing on stage with all theattention. But now he thinks that that mindset is silly, “Because thefact that I’ve proven that I can succeed, that I can defeat myself, thethought of being persistent is worth to be proud of.”

The Rainon stage is also not lacking self-confidence. “I will forever think ofmyself as the best. Nobody can surmount me. The me that is on stagewill have an extemporaneous performance, for instance when I rip off myclothes each time, there will be the differences of the atmosphere andmood at that time that will bring about different inspirations. I willalways be feeling proud and feeling that I’m the best; when I walk ontothe stage, I am then KING. However, I am extremely fortunate that Ihave remained modest off stage, always thinking that I’m followingbehind others.”

“Developing oneself as a supporting role, is necessary in order to proceed in an orderly manner”

AsSouth Korea’s third entertainer from the Korean entertainment world toenter into Hollywood (roughly translating this part because it putsRain behind 2 other names whom I don’t know of), Rain decided to act inthe newest large-scale and dramatic movie called <Speed Racer>;directed by the famous makers of the hit movie <The Matrix>, theWachowski Brothers. Jerry Bruckheimer, whose works include theHollywood blockbuster series of “Pirates of The Caribbean”, is theproducer of this movie (I think this part is inaccurate, isn’t JoelSilver the producer?). At present, Rain has already attended the moviepress conference held in Germany’s Berlin. AP, AFP and other keyoverseas news media, as well as the Wachowski Brothers, famous actorsSusan Sarandon, John Goodman, Emile Hirsch, and Christina Ricci and soon were also present at the press conference. The astonishing thing is,that after Rain and the Wachowski Brothers met, the directorsunexpectedly made changes to Rain’s role, increasing it even more.

(Skipping the next paragraph; talks about the movie itself—facts that we already know…hehe)

In<Speed Racer>, Rain plays the role of “Taejo Togokhan”. He is atalented and outstanding Asian race car driver who resists struggle inorder to defend his family and their property. At first, when theinvitation was first received from the Wachowski Brothers, the aspectof this role was not extensive. But after participating in last month’smovie press conference held in Berlin, Germany, the role was expanded.One of Rain’s assistants expressed, “It is determined that there isabout 40 minutes worth of acting. As far as I know, if we account themovie by proportions, he stands among the first 5 main roles.” Becausethis is a racing movie, movement on the race course is inevitable. Inthe custom of having to reach speeds of 300 km/hour during races, Rainwill not be using any stuntmen but rather will be going forth on hisown to battle those challenging scenes. Because of the high risk, theestimate for his insurance coverage will not be a small number. One ofRain’s assistants disclosed, “In the contract there are statements maderegarding treatment and insurance given during the filming. Although atpresent it cannot be publicized, there is a sufficient price to repayRain for not using a stuntman.” At present, Rain has already gone toBerlin to accept training with a special acting teacher. In addition tothat, Rain will use majority of his time to work on his script andpractice his English.

Rain says that the pressure of keepingup with this movie is not a small thing. But he understands that thereare many Hollywood stars from supporting roles to lead roles, if theyact wholeheartedly, there is possibility of even biggerdisappointments. There is already limitation in the language ability,but being able to develop a supporting role, is a process one mustexperience to proceed in an orderly manner.

It looks likeeverything is going on smoothly. Rain is also continuing to mature andbe at ease with his point of view in terms of developing his actingperformances in a healthy way. Rain’s position in Hollywood is justaround the corner.


Q: What are your future plans? Are there any plans for a new movie, album or concert?
R:The world tour that began in October 2006 is quickly coming to an end.After the tour ends in the US, I will fly to Berlin to work on filmingthe movie <Speed Racer>, a movie being directed by the WachowskiBrothers.

Q: What are your feelings and anticipation for this movie?
R:I’ve always liked the series of <The Matrix>, and have alwaysworshipped the Wachowski Brothers. Being able to work with them is anhonor for me. When I saw the first part of an edited piece, the movie’screativity and rich visual effects surprised me. The thing that I’manticipating the most is the hope that I may learn much from theseoutstanding actors and team of directors.

Q: Let’s chat someabout your feelings in participating in the Louis Vuitton Cup yachtrace. Do you like the sport of yachting? What kind of activities do youusually enjoy?
R: I’ve never gone yachting before, and when I firststarted it didn’t make much sense either. However, getting theintroduction by way of the television and correlated books, myunderstanding of this sport has been increasing. Because I like thewater very much, also like to swim, surf, jet-ski and other aquaticsports. And other than that, there are many other vigorous kinds ofsports that I like very much.

Q: Do you like this season of Louis Vuitton men’s wear?
R:I really like the new style of the fall/winter collection that I woreduring the photo shoot in Valencia. They look very succinct, but thedesigns are very fashionable. This is the kind of clothing style thatI’m always looking for.

Q: If you had the opportunity to choose your own life all over again, what kind of life would you choose?
R:Even if I had the opportunity to choose a completely new life, I hope Iwill be the person I am right now: an actor, a singer; there is nothingelse that would bring me more joy and satisfaction.

Q: Youchallenge yourself frequently, acting in different roles. Then what iscurrently the type of role that you most want to attempt?
R: Everytime I read a different kind of script, it gives me the impulse to takeon new roles. The standard on which I choose a script is based onwhether I like that character.

Q: Your fashion style and personal life status are very unique. What kinds of things stimulate your life’s inspirations?
R:I have said before, anything in life and anything that happens canbring the inspiration for me to create my dance. Similarly, they arealso the inspiration to my fashion style and life. A person’s fashiontaste molds the important element of his/her unique individuality. Ithink that the more I display the correlation between fashion andfunction, the more I can allow myself to approach my ideal image.

Q: You were chosen as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Has this brought any changes to your life?
R:The evaluations from <Times> and <People> magazines havemade me think that I have more personal responsibilities, and havebrought me more opportunities to present myself before the Westernaudience. All of this is of great help in the development of my actingcareer.

Q: If you had the opportunity to travel into outer space, but you were only allowed to bring 3 things, what would you bring?
R:This depends on how long I’ll be gone for, but I think I would bring aMP3 player filled with pictures and music, my lover, and then also mycup noodles! Haha!

Q: Who is your idol?
R: I think rightnow I’m doing things that some people have never done before. You cansay that I don’t have any special idol. Right now I am creating an idolby the name of Rain, and making him a highly important character.

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