Lee Byung-Hun Discusses Filming for The Magnificent Seven. The upcoming remake for The Magnificent Seven has a lot of star power featuring the likes of Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt. But, there’s also some diversity within the cast as well with Korean star Lee Byung-Hun, who plays knives expert Billy Rocks.
The actor talked about his experience shooting for the Western film last month while promoting his Korean film Inside Men at the New York Asian Film Festival. Lee had a lot of nice things to say about his fellow cast mates, including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke. He said:
I had a really great time with them. Chris Pratt in real life is funnier than in the movie and very cool, very humble. Denzel is a very serious guy, I think he always talked about the movie and is always in front of the camera. He shows his charisma, his energy, he’s a great actor. Ethan Hawke, he talks so much and he sometimes writes poetry on set. Him and me are the same age, so he became my really good friend.
Lee also explained the harsh weather conditions that he and the cast had to endure on set in Baton Rouge, causing for some delay in filming. However, the setback did give them time to get to know one another.
The production was delayed by three weeks, so we had a really hard time on set. We had a lot of time to talk about each other personally and we had a lot of time to hang out and drink…we even talked about each other’s private lives, sometimes secrets. I had a really great time with them and we became really good friends. That was an amazing experience.
Being a fan of director Antoine Fuqua, the Korean actor expressed his excitement getting to work with the man responsible for directing Training Day. Speaking on his character, Lee described how close his portrayal of assassin Billy Rocks is to original character Britt, played by James Coburn. “Compared to the original, my character Billy Rocks is close to James Coburn’s character in the original. He used a knife, but he also used a gun too,” he elaborated.
With this new adaptation of the classic Western, Lee pointed out that for fans of the original, this version would be different than the 1960s film. “Antoine Fuqua really likes action, and make the film grittier and dramatic. Of course, the original was an amazing movie, but it will be kind of different than that.”
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