Gang Dong-won chose a career path on the day of his first acting class and his enthusiasm has not waned.
“I was so focused on the lesson and I just fell in love with acting,” said Gang. “For the past 20 years in this industry—still as an actor—I have loved my job and my passion remains the same as the day I decided to start this career.”
During those years he’s taken on a variety of interesting roles from a death row inmate in Maundy Thursday to a deacon dabbling in exorcism in The Priests to a wizard’s protege in Jeon Woo-chee. Currently, he can be seen playing Jung Seok, a desperate man fighting off zombies in the international box office hit Peninsula. The sequel to the successful zombie thriller Train To Busan premiered in Korea on July 15, attracting over two million viewers in the first week. A month later The Korea Herald reported that Peninsula had exceeded $48 million in box office sales in more than 15 countries. The film will premiere in the U.S. on Aug. 21, distributed by Well Go USA.
Before opting to star in Peninsula, Gang discussed the possibility with the film’s director Yeon Sang-ho, who also directed Train To Busan. Gang wanted to understand what the sequel would involve. As an actor he enjoys being challenged by scripts that offer something new and he discovered that the sequel delivered a completely different but equally engaging reality.
“I was impressed with his vision and presentation of Peninsula,” said Gang. “It’s something new and different from Train to Busan. I was very impressed by the director’s passion. After reading it, I was very attracted to and impressed by the script, the storyline and, most importantly, we have not had any post-apocalypse movies before.”