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Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae says life hasn’t actually changed ‘dramatically’ since Netflix series took world by storm

Seong Gi-hun’s survival instincts kicked in during his time in the arena (Youngkyu Park/Netflix)

Lee Jung-jae, one of the stars of the gory, thrilling Netflix series Squid Game, has revealed his life hasn’t changed ‘dramatically’ since the show captivated viewers across the world.

In September last year, the South Korean drama introduced audiences to a story in which people who were in severe debt and at the end of their tether were invited to take part in a game where they could win a fortune.

The catch – if they were eliminated in any of the rounds, they were killed in brutal fashion, with the masked guards and their fellow competitors proving to be threats.

Lee played Seong Gi-hun, a man with a debilitating gambling addiction who lives with his mum and is desperate to maintain a relationship with his daughter, who he discovers might be moving to America with his ex-wife and the young girl’s stepfather.

Squid Game was critically acclaimed after its release, earning several award nods and wins, including a Golden Globe for supporting actor O Yeong-su and a nod at the Bafta TV Awards for Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment for the unforgettable ‘Red Light, Green Light game’ scene.

Despite the excitement surrounding the series and a second season, Lee explained that there hasn’t been much difference to his life in the aftermath.

‘I still don’t feel like my life has changed dramatically,’ he said.

‘But I do look forward to having more opportunities to work with great people on more projects.’

Continuing to Deadline, the 49-year-old actor – who is promoting his directorial debut Hunt at this year’s Cannes Film Festival – emphasised that ‘there’s a lot of Korean content that is just as entertaining as Squid Game, so I’m confident we will see more hits like it’.

‘There are many series and films currently in production across a wide variety of genres that have not been tried before,’ he said. ‘These series and films will move and entertain audiences in many other countries.’

Last month, Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of Squid Game, revealed that his new film, based on the novel Killing Old People Club, will be even more violent than the Netflix series.

He added that he would be returning to South Korea to complete the script for Squid Game season two, which Lee previously teased will see Seong Gi-hun return to the arena for even more fun and games… aka, violence and death.

‘I hope there’s some sort of twist that’ll be exciting and surprising for me and the viewers. If it was predictable, it would be no fun,’ the actor said.

Squid Game is available to watch on Netflix.


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