Follow the bad English accent and you'll find me.
The last few nights found me adding one more notch to the ol' belt: film extra. That is, I thought I was going to be an extra when I first agreed to do the two-night session. As it happened, though, I found myself thrust into the role of "Englisman 2" and had two speaking scenes with the female lead, Um Jung Hwa. No doubt the director will realize what a mistake this was when he views all the dailies with me in them and listens to my attempt at turning limey.
Truth be told, the film (Seducing Mr. Perfect) is little more than a vehicle for Daniel Henney, wet dream of every female on the Korean peninsula (including, I'm sure, my own wife, though she won't admit it). But that being the case, it is a big budget production and, as such, I can be assured of embarrassing myself in front of millions.
The scene in which I appear is a launch party for [product placement warning] Volvo, catered by Absolut Vodka. Aside from the two scenes mentioned above, we shot several scenes of general party mingling, during which time I and a Canadian fellow* were instructed to make car-related small talk. We spent most of the time speculating on how many dead midgets or sexy grandmothers we could fit into the red Volvo station wagon. My one wish for Christmas this year is for that dialogue to survive the final edits.
Not being one to keep up with Korean pop culture, I wasn't familiar with the enormity of either Daniel Henney or Um Jung Hwa before setting foot on this movie set. I knew of Henney from his Bean Pole ads with Gwyneth Paltrow, which confront you at every turn in Seoul, but I'd never heard of Um Jung Hwa. Apparently, though, Henney starred in the most successful TV drama in the history of Korea last year and can woo a woman with a shuffle of his feet, while Um - in addition to her acting - hasn't done too bad for herself as a pop singer. Not that I knew any of this, which just shows what not having a TV will do for a person.
The film, if you're in Korea and care, should be in theatres by November or December.
*Evidently, there are no Brits in Korea, or perhaps they just don't portray themselves as well as a North American does.