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18 Sep 2008 - Crave Online Ninja Assassin Interview

Rain stars in Ninja Assassin

The K-Pop singer moves to action films with Ninja Assassin.
Fred Topel, CraveOnline
September 18, 2008

Rain may be the most famous person Iíve ever interviewed, and all I really know about him is from The Colbert Report. The superstar of K-Pop had a dance-off with Colbert after he beat the satirical pundit on a list of most influential people. Now heís becoming a movie star with a part in Speed Racer, and a starring vehicle in next yearís Ninja Assassin. Directed by the Wachowskisí protťgť James McTeague, Rain will play an orphan who becomes a ninja warrior. Crave Online: So I first heard about you on The Colbert Report. I loved your dance-off with Stephen.

Rain: It was so fun. Thanks.

Crave Online: The dance/off wasnít live though, right? Did you have to tape it after the audience left?

Rain: Well, we didnít go live because Stephen had to learn his moves too. Then the rehearsal time was a little longer than expected so they just went on tape.

Crave Online: How into ninja mythology are you?

Rain: From when I was young, I wanted to be an action hero. I always dreamed about being an action star. So finally I made it.

Crave Online: Did you watch Ninja movies or read books?

Rain: Yes, maybe when I was seven years old, yeah. I saw ninja animation, ninja cartoons. I loved ninjas when I was younger.

Crave Online: Ninjas are Japanese. Are there Korean ninjas?

Rain: Yes, we have Korean ninjas but theyíre very different. Itís different than the Japanese ninjas. Itís sort of a traditional martial arts clan.

Crave Online: So in the movie, are you a traditional Japanese ninja?

Rain: No. Actually, I play an orphan that was picked up in the streets, so Iím not actually a Japanese ninja. More like an international Asian orphanage kid. So the role was not a typical Japanese ninja.

Crave Online: Was the physical training and action at all similar to dancing?

Rain: Yeah, I think everything is almost the same, but martial arts is harder because I ate only chicken breast and vegetables. It almost killed me. It was so horrible.

Crave Online: Did your dance background help you learn these moves?

Rain: Dancing did help me learn the martial arts moves better, easier, so it did help me.

Crave Online: Exactly how famous are you?

Rain: I debuted in Korea six years ago, so Iíve been working for quite some time. Youíll know if you come to Korea how big I am, just by coming there. I was big in Asia but now I want to do more here with Ninja Assassin, so wait for me.

Crave Online: Itís definitely happening. Did it take six years to build up to this fame?

Rain: Well, I was big as soon as my first album came out, so ever since, luckily, Iíve had that fame in Asia. Now it even led me to a big Hollywood martial arts movie.

Crave Online: What would you like to be able to do if you could have privacy again?

Rain: I want to read a lot of comic books. I want to watch movies. I want to rest. I have a lot of work in Asia so itís not easy.

Crave Online: What sort of new music are you working on?

Rain: Right now, Iím interested in electronic pop music but I love all kinds of music. Hip hop, R&B, so whatever. So Iím working on my new album, my music is based on hip hop and R&B, rap music, pretty sweet.

Crave Online: Where do you get your inspiration?

Rain: I donít get my inspiration from a specific source. Itís more like if you listen to a good tune, it gives me inspiration to write a better tune.

Crave Online: Has that changed over the years?

Rain: Nothing has changed. Itís just good music or a good movie always inspired me to be better, learn more.

Crave Online: What inspires you in movies?

Rain: Itís not that different. If I watch a sad movie, I get inspired to write a sad tune but if I watch a cool movie, I get more upbeat. So it depends on the movie.

Crave Online: Why were Speed Racer and Ninja Assassin the right movies for you?

Rain: I chose Speed Racer most of all because of the Wachowski Brothers. Then also I was a big fan from when I was really young of the original Speed Racer. So thatís why I chose the first one. Second one, itís because James McTeague, Iíve worked with him before and I had faith in him. Working with him was such an honor. So thatís why I chose Ninja as my second movie.

Crave Online: What were your favorite weapons in the movie?

Rain: My favorite is the sword. The sword is very funny. Then my second, my second girlfriend is Ninja chain.

Crave Online: Do they have different uses for different bad guys?

Rain: Yeah, it depends on the bad guy. The sword is better for, obviously, cutting and the chain is better to strangle them. So itís different.

Crave Online: How different was playing a character from beginning to end than doing a short video?

Rain: I think theyíre very different. For a music video, you just play a role that people can watch you and just enjoy the music with. But versus in a movie, itís actually a character living the whole life in that movie, so itís different.

Crave Online: How about a small part in Speed Racer versus playing the main character?

Rain: Most of all, I take on a heavy responsibility for the main character. I had to put more effort into it than the last one, definitely more.

source and (c): craveonline page 1 & craveonline page 2
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