Lee Jung-jae, who played Gi-hun (Player 456) on Squid Game, reveals which of the show’s lethal games was the most difficult to shoot.
Squid Game’s talented cast members include Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryoung.
Another has to do with the writing, which serves partially as a commentary on class divisions and unfettered capitalism. But a big part of the appeal has to do with the concept itself, as it’s predicated on the kind of kids play that would be familiar to most viewers.
Lee discusses the popularity of Squid Game and the possibilities of a season 2 in a wide-ranging interview with EW, as well as which of the series’ games were the most difficult to shoot.
The actor focuses on two specific tournaments, beginning with the Honeycomb game.
He explained: “I had to express with very minimal movement.” Still, he noted it was that final confrontation between Gi-hun and Sang-woo (Park) that was the most challenging.
Lee’s quote is below.
“Because Gi-hun is very hurt because of all these games. And he knows he has to admit the fact that he deceived others in order to survive himself, so he’s very disappointed in himself and in Sang-woo [Park Hae-soo], his close friend, because he betrayed him.
“These two characters are fighting against each other with their life on the line when they’re childhood friends, so the scene itself is very heartbreaking. It was very emotionally tough.
“Secondly, I remember that when we were filming that scene when the two were fighting, it was in winter, so the weather was very cold. In Korea the winter is very freezing cold. I remember filming that scene for about four days in the rain with the sprinkler, so it was very emotionally and physically tough.”