Byung-hun Lee Talks RED 2, Action Scenes, What He Collects, G.I. JOE, and More

     July 23, 2013


Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) action-comedy sequel Red 2 is now in theaters.  The follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.”  All the while, Moses and his team must work to track down a missing nuclear device.  For more on the film, watch these six clips and the trailer.  Red 2 also stars John MalkovichMary-Louise ParkerCatherine Zeta-JonesByung-hun Lee, and Anthony Hopkins.

At the recent New York City press junket, I landed an exclusive video interview with Lee .  He talked about filming the action scenes, what he collects, what it means to be part of G.I. Joe and Red, who he was most excited to work with, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

And if you missed my video interview with Bruce Willis and Anthony Hopkins, Mary-Louise Parker, and Helen Mirren, click the links.

Byung-hun Lee:

  • What does he collect
  • How much fun did he have playing the world’s best assassin
  • What does it mean to him to be part of G.I. Joe 2 and Red 2
  • Does he enjoy doing the action scenes or are they always a challenge
  • Out of all the actors he got to work with this year, who was he most excited to work with
  • Does he like to talk to his fellow actors on set and geek out or is he more reserved

red 2 poster byung hun lee

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  • Emuk

    I hope he has time to make korean movies as well :)

  • Valvados

    Solid interview Steve, but I wish you had asked him some questions regarding his South Korean work! I was really wondering if he had anything upcoming with his close director friend Ji-woon Kim, for instance, or if he’d work with his J.S.A. director again, Chan-wook Park.

    Also, Frosty, did he seem strangely reserved in the interview to you? Maybe it’s because its in English, but in the few interviews I’ve seen him do in his native South Korea he’s much more animated and smiling, whereas here he seems almost reserved and unhappy. Now East Asians conduct the most bonkers-style interviews, so it might be him dealing with that when he’s in South Korea and just rolling with it there whereas here we get the kind of person he’s really like. What was your impression of him? Because he is a great actor.

    • astro

      LBH is going to team up with actress Jeon Do-yeon (The Housemaid) for a action/revenge period film. The title is Gallant Woman: Memory of the Sword. Set for a 2014 release.

  • TS

    I was hoping for more from this interview, Byung-Hun Lee is awesome, great actor and martial artist & action star, one of my favourite Korean actors; for those who might not be familiar with his Korean cinema work, you should checkout: (Joint Security Area) (A Bitter Sweet Life) (The Good, The Bad, The Weird) (I Saw The Devil) (Gwanghae) GREAT FILMS