In a recent Elle magazine interview and pictorial, Yoo Ji-tae, Jeon Jong-seo and Park Hae-soo showed off their highly anticipated new remake of The Money Heist!
Based on the hit Spanish series “Money Heist,” “Money Heist: Korea – United Economic Zone” follows an anonymous squad of robbers who join forces to carry out an ambitious large-scale heist against the fictional Unified Korea Mint. Yoo Ji Tae plays the professor, the mastermind behind the operation, and his star-studded band of bandits includes Park Hae Soo (pseudonym “Berlin”) and Jeon Jong Seo (pseudonym “Tokyo”).
Yoo Ji Tae described one of the biggest differences between the original and the Korean remake, explaining, “The plot of the original two seasons was condensed into 12 episodes. [for our remake]. Not stated for illustration, we only provide key plot points where necessary. The fast-paced plot development brings a certain amount of fun. “
As for how he prepared for his role, Yoo Ji-tae shared, “In this stripped-down version, I came to the conclusion that I could quickly demonstrate the charisma of the professor through his voice. After much deliberation, I started to develop the professor voice while referencing narration or animated dialogue.”
At the same time, Park Hae-soo admitted that the remake of such a popular show also brought a certain amount of pressure.
“Of course, because the original series received such a huge response, there was concern and pressure,” the actor said. “But in reading the script, I could clearly see that ‘Money Heist: Korea – EZ’ was unique. There are differences. The story is fast-paced, and the characters clearly give the Korean version their own power.”
Park added: “Although Berlin is a fictional character, you can see him as a metaphor for the situation in North and South Korea, which makes his story even more bleak.”
Finally, Jeon Jong-seo shared her thoughts on the advantages of the new remake.
“[The drama] Good job of portraying the near future,” she said. “The inter-Korean situation adds an element of tension and suspense, but also a sense of unity. This two-sided situation completely fills the Mint’s background setting. “
The actress also noted that audiences might be surprised by her version of Tokyo’s character, commenting: “I think audiences will [go into the show] Imagine the free-spirited charm and vibe of Tokyo from the original. But our remake of Tokyo is calmer, and she’s someone who steps up and tries to fix things.I’m trying to keep a cleaner, more nonchalant tone [for our version of Tokyo]. You can expect to see a new side of Jeon Jong Seo. “
“Money Heist: Korea – Common Economic Area” premieres on Netflix on June 24. Click here to see the trailer for the show!
You can also watch Park Hae Soo’s previous drama “Chimera” with the following subtitles:
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