'We were like one big family,' Ma Dong-seok says of 'Eternals' cast

Asia's Tech News Daily

'We were like one big family,' Ma Dong-seok says of 'Eternals' cast

Actors Ma Dong-seok, right, and Angelina Jolie pose during an online press conference for the film, “Eternals.” Courtesy of Walt Disney Company Korea

By Kwak Yeon-soo

Ma Dong-seok, also known by his English name Don Lee, said the “Eternals” cast were like one big family. He plays Gilgamesh, who he described as “the most powerful and strongest character” in “Eternals.”

Ma’s various roles, ranging from a brutal gangster to a homicide detective to an arm wrestler, have paved the way for him to become the first Korean actor to play a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The 50-year-old actor revealed that he didn’t go through any audition process for “Eternals.”

“After Train to Busan became increasingly popular abroad, I received numerous offers from Hollywood. I got a call from the casting director of Eternals, who offered me the role of Gilgamesh. It turned out that director Chloe Zhao and producer Nate Moore had already seen many of my films and analyzed my character,” he told Korean reporters at a recent online press conference.

“Director Zhao and action designers incorporated my personality and action style, like a big punch or a box, in creating the character. So rather than flashy, acrobatic movements, I tried to keep the movements just plain and powerful.”

'We were like one big family,' Ma Dong-seok says of 'Eternals' cast

Actor Ma Dong-seok, also known by his English name Don Lee, poses at the premiere for the film “Eternals” in Los Angeles, U.S., Oct. 18 (local time). Reuters-Yonhap

Ma went on to praise director Zhao and said he was pleasantly surprised about how she pursues a balance between commercial and artistic values.

“The film retains much of the inventive universe that Zhao created. The harmonious mix of the ensemble cast, or 10 superheroes, is wonderful.”

The upcoming film tells the story of a group of superheroes, named the Eternals, who look to ward off their long-standing enemies, the Deviants.

“The Eternals are a group of superheroes with their own unique personalities and capabilities. However, they become stronger together. I think the core message of the film is that people should learn to accept one another without any prejudice or stereotypes,” he said.

During the press conference, his co-star Angelina Jolie made a surprise appearance to support Ma. “It was a dream to work with him. I was a fan before. When I realized that we were doing a lot of scenes together and becoming a pair in the film, I was unbelievably excited. We are partners, but he is also a protector and he has become a dear friend,” she said.

Making his debut as an actor in 2004 with the film “Dance with the Wind,” Ma rose to stardom for his supporting roles in the 2012 thriller “The Neighbors” and “Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time.”

He has appeared in more than 60 films, including several box-office hits such as “Train to Busan” (2016) and “Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds” (2017).

Born in Korea in 1971, Ma emigrated to the United States with his family when he was 18. After graduating from Columbus State Community College, he worked as a personal trainer for mixed martial artists, including Mark Coleman, before he came to Korea to work as an actor.

“Eternals” will hit local theaters, Nov. 3.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

The Two Frankenstein Movies You'll Never Get To See

Universal/YouTube Every good movie monster has an origin story, and Frankenstein is no different. While his actual beginnings come from the pages of Mary Shelley’s famous book of the same ... Read more »

What Mitch From Waiting... Looks Like Today

Eden Rock Media/HBO Max “Waiting…” is an ensemble comedy that looks at what it’s really like in the food service industry. Starring Justin Long and a pre-“Deadpool” Ryan Reynolds, the ... Read more »

The Heartbreaking Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Detail Tim Burton Took From Real Life

Dave Hogan/Getty Images The 2005 movie “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is based on the Roald Dahl children’s novel of the same name, much like its predecessor, 1971’s “Willy Wonka ... Read more »

Leading presidential contenders stay tight in latest poll

Presidential nominees Yoon Seok-youl (left) and Lee Jae-myung (Yonhap)The two leading presidential candidates remained neck and neck with each other in the latest survey released Sunday.    Yoon Seok-youl, the ... Read more »

Korea, France to collaborate in scientific analysis of 'Jikji'

The cover of the second volume of “Jikji,” currently kept at the National Library of France / Courtesy of Cheongju Jikji Korea Organization By Park Han-sol Cheongju city government in ... Read more »

[INTERVIEW] Meet Daniel Park, creative mind behind JTBC series 'IDOL: The Coup'

Daniel DPD Park, who developed the JTBC series “IDOL: The Coup” / Photo by Johnny Tran By Dong Sun-hwa Dramas about K-pop stars are not a rarity these days, but ... Read more »

Top 3 Samsung CEOs to retain positions

Samsung Electronics CEOs Ko Dong-jin, from left, Kim Hyun-suk and Kim Ki-nam By Baek Byung-yeul Three Samsung Electronics CEOs ― those in charge of semiconductors, home appliances and IT and ... Read more »

JP Morgan CEO's China apology raises questions over Shinsegae heir's 'hardball' stance

By Yi Whan-woo JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon’s apology last week over his offhand remark concerning the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is raising questions over whether it is appropriate from ... Read more »

Investors to flock to test kit, vaccine makers

A petrol attendant stands next to a newspaper headline in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday. AP-Yonhap By Kim Yoo-chul The South Korean stock market is awaiting updates over the Omicron variant ... Read more »

Fear grows over new variant stronger than Delta

Arrivals from overseas undergo quarantine procedures at Incheon International Airport, Sunday, amid concerns over the inflow of the Omicron variant into the nation. Korea Times photo by Hong In-ki Gov’t ... Read more »

[ANALYSIS] Omicron variant to sink travel, leisure stocks

Financial authorities set to deliver message to minimize market woes By Lee Min-hyung The spread of the Omicron variant will put a damper on travel and leisure stocks despite Korea’s ... Read more »

South Korea seeks to inscribe 2 grassroots protests on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register

A list of injured students at Korea University who took part in the April Revolution in 1960 / Courtesy of CHA By Park Han-sol The Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) will ... Read more »

Lot sales for I Park studio apartment to begin in Cheongna International City

Overview of the I Park studio apartment twin towers in the multinational corporate district of Cheongna International City in Incheon / Courtesy of HDC Hyundai Development Co. By Yi Whan-woo ... Read more »

SK E&S under fire for gas field project in Australia

SK E&S Vice Chairman Yu Jeong-joon By Lee Kyung-min SK E&S, an energy subsidiary of SK Group, is facing intense criticism for a gas field development project in the Barossa ... Read more »

[Election 2022] D-100: pundits' take on outlook, impact and fallout

Lee Jae-myung (left), presidential nominee for the ruling Democratic Party of Korea, exchanges greeting with Yoon Seok-youl (right), presidential nominee for the main opposition People Power Party, during an event ... Read more »

Xiaomi to open car plant in Beijing with annual output of 300,000 vehicles: Beijing

The Xiaomi logo is seen at a Xiaomi shop in Shanghai, China, May 12. Reuters-Yonhap Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi will build a plant that can produce 300,000 vehicles annually in ... Read more »

Suneung answers to be released Monday

Test takers and their parents are discussing university entrance strategies at a college fair held at Chuncheon City Hall in Gangwon Province on Nov. 21. (Yonhap) The Korea Institute for ... Read more »

There Are Actually 12 Heroes That Spider-Man Hasn't Met In The MCU

Sony Pictures When it comes to superhero comics, few characters are as well-connected as Spider-Man. Name any Marvel character from the mid-1960s to the present, and there’s a very good ... Read more »

Lee Jae-myung criticized for defending his murderer nephew

Former Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung, presidential nominee for the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (Joint Press Corps)The presidential candidate for the ruling Democratic Party of Korea is facing growing ... Read more »

Book predicts AI-powered future based on SF movies, dramas

By Kang Hyun-kyung “The Portrait of Posthuman’ by MIDAS BOOKS “The Portrait of Posthuman,” published in October by MIDAS BOOKS, offers a sneak peek into a dystopian future powered by ... Read more »

Korea's exports of farm, fishery products top $10 billion this year

gettyimagesbank South Korea’s exports of agricultural and fishery goods exceeded the US$10 billion mark for the first time this year, led by the popularity of “hallyu,” the Korean wave of ... Read more »

KB's 'Small Library' campaign

Kim Jin-young, fifth from left, head of KB Financial Group’s brand and environmental, social and corporate governance group, poses with government officials from South Chungcheong Province, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony ... Read more »

Natl. Assembly speaker asks Oman, Bahrain to export urea solution to S. Korea

National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seug (R) holds a meeting with Khalid bin Hilal Al Mawali, chairman of Oman’s consultative assembly, last Saturday, in Madrid, in this photo provided by Park’s ... Read more »

Coronavirus: Daily critical cases hit record highs

A visitor wearing a face mask walks over signs displayed on the floor for the social distancing measures outside an exhibition hall in Goyang, Nov. 25. AP-Yonhap South Korea’s new ... Read more »

The Beauty And The Beast Easter Egg You Missed In Aladdin

Buena Vista Pictures/Disney When it comes to Easter eggs in movies, Disney is no stranger to littering its feature films with little surprises for audiences to spot. Heck, before they ... Read more »

Movie review: Lady Gaga's House of Gucci joins Hollywood's very expensive blunders

REVIEW: It’s both sad and hilarious when a glitzy, star-studded Hollywood movie that cost about $100 million to make ends up being as well received as “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”. ... Read more »

Holiday Movies That Aren't About Christmas

Warner Bros. It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the snow is falling, the sun is setting at 4 pm, and the only way to beat the bitter cold is ... Read more »

Late ex-President Chun's wife apologizes for 'pains, scars' inflicted during his presidency

Lee Soon-ja, the widow of former President Chun Doo-hwan, and her family members mourn at Chun`s memorial altar at Yonsei University Severance Hospital on Nov. 25, 2021. (Pool photo) (Yonhap) ... Read more »

Daily COVID-19 cases bounce back above 4,000; deaths hit record high

People queue in line to wait for the coronavirus testing at a makeshift testing site in Seoul, Nov. 24. AP-Yonhap South Korea’s new coronavirus cases rose above 4,000 with the ... Read more »

A Boy Called Christmas a magical tale with a side helping of grief

Everyone needs an origin story these days, even Father Christmas. And while the man with the bag has been the subject of many a seasonal movie, this one also aims ... Read more »

The Untold Truth Of Pinocchio

Disney It can be hard to believe that “Pinocchio” –- the second feature film from Disney –- has been around for more than 80 years. Released in February 1940, the ... Read more »

What Is The Uni-Mind From Marvel's Eternals?

Marvel Entertainment/YouTube The new film “Eternals” changes much of the landscape of the already ever-expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Eternals are immortal beings, created by Arishem (known in Marvel Comics ... Read more »

The Improvised Dwayne Johnson Moment That Changed The Fast Franchise

Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images As much as some involved in the project may dispute the case, Dwayne Johnson’s addition to “The Fast and Furious” world was a jolt the series was ... Read more »

Actresses Almost Cast In The Matrix

Jaguar PS/Shutterstock Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or, perhaps more appropriately, stuck inside a computer-generated simulation of reality, you’ve probably heard that Keanu Reeves was not the Wachowski ... Read more »

Klaus 2: Why We Won't Be Getting A Sequel

Netflix Very few recent festive films deserve to stand shoulder to snow-covered shoulder with the classics. That is, of course, except for Netflix’s gorgeous animation, “Klaus.” The streaming services origin ... Read more »

Entertainment gurus to invest in NFTs, metaverse

HYBE Chairman Bang Si-hyuk, left, and Dunamu Chairman Song Chi-hyung talk about their plans for business collaboration in the non-fungible token sector on YouTube on Nov. 5. Screen-captured from HYBE ... Read more »

Property owners cry foul over growing real estate tax burden

Some politicians, experts see new measures as ‘double taxation’ By Anna J. Park As the government sent out real estate tax bills a week ago, those who are subject to ... Read more »

Lee Kwang-soo, Seolhyun to lead murder mystery series, 'Murderer's shopping list'

AOA’s Seolhyun, left, and actor Lee Kwang-soo / Korea Times file By Kwak Yeon-soo Lee Kwang-soo and AOA’s Seolhyun will star in tvN’s new series, “The Murderer’s Shopping List,” a ... Read more »

The Iconic Skyfall Moment Daniel Craig Totally Improvised

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images Some of the greatest moments in cinema history have been the ones even those behind them didn’t see coming. Stand out instances of this include Matthew ... Read more »

The Real Reason Matthew McConaughey Stopped Making Romantic Comedies

Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock Sometimes a career change is the best thing for Hollywood stars, and no one can attest to that more than Matthew McConaughey. To cast your mind back ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic