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'Real' Gangs Fight on Iris Filming Location

2009/12/16 Source

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"IRIS", the popular television thriller, has become the subject of a rumor that a group of actual gangsters interfered with filming. The news comes in the middle of legal trouble for actor Lee Byung-hun, its main character, who is being sued by his estranged girlfriend for allegedly terminating their relationship which started on the premise of marriage.

According to police, a report was made about a scuffle in a commercial area where an episode of Iris was being filmed at 1 a.m. Monday. The unidentified caller claimed that an "entertainer", who had nothing to do with the drama, brought a group of people from an organized criminal ring to the film location and heckled production personnel.

When a squad of policemen was dispatched to the scene, no thugs were in sight. The production managers told them that nobody was hurt and that the gang went away.

The police closed the case. But an unnamed member of the production crew was quoted as telling Yonhap News that the situation was quite "ugly". He said, "An entertainer appeared with gangsters and beat up some of the production staff. One of the production staff members who was attacked called in gangsters that he knew. It was a street fight pitting one gang against another. The entertainer, who initiated the scuffle, was beaten up".

Speculation has arisen that the entertainer came to the set, upset that a staff member had spread rumors that the former had leaked information about Lee's legal trouble.

A police official at Songpa Precinct said that there would be no investigations, unless a complaint was filed, adding that nobody had complained yet.

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