He captured hearts as elderly underdog Player 001 in Squid Game.
And O Yeong-su talked about how much his life has changed since the the release if the highly-popular Netflix series.
The 77-year-old actor discussed how drastically his life has changed since Squid Game and even got candid about the dark side of fame.
Rising star: O Yeong-su discussed how drastically his life has changed since Squid Game and even got candid about the dark side of fame
He appeared on an episode of MBC’s How Do You Play? and according to Soompi he has turned down several offers to appear in commercials including one to star in a fried chicken commercial.
Yeong-su also talked about ‘Squid Game syndrome’ and even said so many people are trying to contact him that he has had to have his daughter help him as he explained: ‘I feel like I’m floating on air. It makes me think, “I need to calm down, organize my thoughts, and hold myself back right now.”
‘So many people have been contacting me, and because I don’t have a manager to help me, it’s hard for me to handle the volume of calls and messages I’ve been receiving. So my daughter has been helping me.
Hot commodity: The 71-year-old actor appeared on an episode of MBC’s How Do You Play? and according to Soompi he has turned down several offers to appear in commercials including one to star in a fried chicken commercial
‘Things have changed quite a bit. Even when I go out to a cafe or somewhere like that, I now have to be aware of [how I appear to others]. It’s made me think, ‘Being famous is tough, too.’
Yeong-su is a veteran actor who has been acting for nearly six decades as he began his career in 1963.
The King Lear star is definitely wise as he also talked about his personal philosophy as he said: ‘Our society often only acknowledges first place, as if everyone else doesn’t matter. As if only first place exists, and second place is meaningless. But even though second place lost to first place, second place also beat third place. So everyone is actually a winner.
Yeong-su also talked about ‘Squid Game syndrome’ and even said so many people are trying to contact him that he has had to have his daughter help him as he explained: ‘I feel like I’m floating on air. It makes me think, “I need to calm down, organize my thoughts, and hold myself back right now”‘
‘That’s why I think a true winner is someone who is working hard at the things they want to do and attempting to reach a certain state on the inside. I feel like that kind of person is a winner.’
Despite his rapidly rising fame, Yeong-su is not striving for massive success and is content with where he is in his life.
He explained: ‘I don’t have any grand ambitions. Big or small, I’ve received a lot of things while living my life. Now, I want to leave behind those things that I’ve received. To put it simply, let’s say you go to a mountain and see a flower. When we’re young, we pick the flower and take it for ourselves.
‘But by the time you reach my age, you leave it there exactly as it is, and you go back to see it again later on. It’s the same with life. Leaving things exactly the way they are. It isn’t easy.’
Despite his rapidly rising fame, Yeong-su is not striving for massive success and is content with where he is in his life as he said: ‘By the time you reach my age, you leave it there exactly as it is, and you go back to see it again later on. It’s the same with life. Leaving things exactly the way they are. It isn’t easy’
Regardless, the talented actor’s worldwide platform is greater than ever as it was recently reported that Squid Game is officially Netflix’s most-watched new series, drawing in 142million people in its first month – nearly double the previous record held by Bridgerton.
Since becoming available on September 17, 142million subscribers have watched Squid Game – the most ever in the first 30 days of a show on the streaming site.
‘Released on September 17, [Squid Game] has become our biggest TV show ever.
‘A mind-boggling 142m member households globally have chosen to watch the title in its first four weeks.
‘The breadth of Squid Game’s popularity is truly amazing; this show has been ranked as our #1 program in 94 countries (including the US),’ Netflix bosses told shareholders in a letter Tuesday.
The Korean drama is also being praised with adding 4.4million new subscribers, increasing Netflix global subscriptions to 213.5 million up from 209million.
It boosted the company’s profits to $1.4billion – nearly double the amount it took in during the third quarter of 2020.
Squid Game has officially become Netflix’s biggest ever show, drawing in 142million viewers in its first month
Netflix also celebrated how Squid Game has ‘pierced the cultural zeitgeist’ with skits on Saturday Night Live dedicated to it and TikTok videos that have garnered more than 42billion views
MOST WATCHED NEW NETFLIX SERIES
1. Squid Game: Season 1 – 142million
2. Bridgerton: Season 1 – 82million
3. Lupin: Part 1: 76million
4. The Witcher: Season 1 – 76million
5. Sex/Life: Season 1 – 67million
6. Stanger Things 3 – 67million
7. Money Heist: Part 4 – 65million
8. Tiger King: Season 1 – 64million
9. The Queen’s Gambit – 62million
10. Sweet Tooth: Season 1 – 60million
‘Demand for consumer products to celebrate the fandom for Squid Game is high and those items are on their way to retail now,’ the company said in its letter.
Bosses also said they planned for more content in the fourth quarter, and blamed a lack of new shows this year on delays to production caused by COVID-19.
‘Assuming no new Covid waves or unforeseen events that result in large scale production shutdowns, we currently anticipate a more normalized content slate in 2022, with a greater number of originals in 2022 vs. 2021 and a release schedule that is more balanced over the course of the year, as compared to 2021.’
Squid Game tells the story of a survival game in which 456 contestants risk their lives in deadly games with prizes of $45.6 billion available.
Netflix said that the show, which was penned and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, has also seen a sharp spike in demand for Halloween items, which are currently being shipped to retail locations.
The series, which also stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi and Kim Joo-ryoung, is streaming on Netflix.
The huge success comes at the right time for Netflix amid a row over Dave Chappelle’s latest stand-up that some viewers claimed was transphobic.
On Tuesday, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos said he regretted how he spoke with staff about the show, but that he still stands behind Chappelle and does not believe his show was transphobic.
‘My stance hasn’t changed.
‘I can tell you I screwed up those communications in two ways.
‘One of them was, I should have first and foremost acknowledged in those emails that a group of our employees were in pain, and they were really feeling hurt from a business decision that we made.
The streaming service said that the show has ‘pierced the cultural zeitgeist’ in garnering a parody skit on Saturday Night Live featuring Rami Malek and Pete Davidson
‘And I, instead of acknowledging that first, I went right into some rationales.
‘And so first of all, I’d say those emails lacked humanity, in which I like to and I do generally communicate with our teams,’ he said.
The row was over a group of Netflix employees who said Chappelle’s show should be dropped from the streaming service.
STREAMING WARS – NETFLIX IS STILL ON TOP
Netflix: 213million subscribers
Amazon Prime Video: 200million
(included with Amazon Prime subscriptions)
Disney+: 100million subscribers
HBO Max: 44million subscribers
Hulu: 39.4million subscribers
Paramount+: 36million subscribers
Peacock: 33million subscribers
Apple TV+ 33.6mmillion subscribers
Chappelle said: ‘Gender is a fact…I’m team TERF.’
TERF stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist, and is used by some trans activists to describe women who are not fully on board with all their calls for equality.
The word has been applied to JK Rowling before, who sparked outcry with a blogpost where she said she feared too many young people were transitioning because it had become trendy and encouraged on social media, not because the were genuinely transgender.
Chappelle received support from some – including the family of Daphne Dorman, a transgender comedian who killed herself in 2019.
‘Daphne was in awe of Dave’s graciousness. She did not find his jokes rude, crude, off-coloring, off-putting, anything. She thought his jokes were funny. Daphne understood humor and comedy—she was not offended. Why would her family be offended?’
‘Dave loved my sister and is an LGBTQ ally. His entire set was begging to end this very situation,’ Dorman’s sister said.
Netflix added more monthly new subscribers in 2020 than in previous years but 2021’s numbers have been slow, according to the letter to investors.
It is still the biggest streaming giant.
Next is Amazon Prime, which also has 200million subscribers. With an Amazon Prime membership, shoppers get access to Amazon Prime Video.
Next is Disney+ with over 100million subscribers and HBO Max is fourth with 44million subscribers.
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