On March 5th, veteran actor Cha Kwang-soo appeared on the MBC documentary 'People Are Good' to discuss his career. He also goes into his recent withdrawal from acting.
Much of Cha Kwang-soo's story is, like the story of so many actors, just one of alternating fortune. Cha Kwang-soo has been working as an actor for twenty-nine years. Cha Kwang-soo generally plays a specific kind of character - the rigid, stubborn type. There is much need for such minor actors in dramas with large casts, like historical dramas and ones oriented around large families.
However, it's difficult to be noticed playing such small roles. After the high point of being involved in the extremely popular drama "Jumong", Cha Kwang-soo felt like he couldn't make much of an impact anywhere. In the documentary, he describes himself as feeling like a failure.
Matters were only made worse by the chronic illness of Cha Kwang-soo's wife. Doctors couldn't find the cause, so she was constantly bedridden. Cha Kwang-soo had to quit three of his dramas to stay by her side until she recovered. Next year they plan to do a twenty-five year anniversary tour of Europe.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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