Life of Living in a Movie
Choi Dae-chul (Department of Dance, ‘03)
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The movie <Edward Scissorhands(1990)> was a sensation when it first came to the public with its realistic computer graphics in the early 1990’s. Among the captivated audience, there was Choi Dae-chul, an alumnus of the Department of Dance, who dreamed of being an actor just like Scissorhands. After years of training and praciting, Choi made his appearance in various musicals, movies, and TV shows and now has grown up to an actor with a nickname called the “fairy of broadcasting ratings”.
Acting with endurance
Besides the nickname of “the fairy of ratings,” Choi is also referred to the prince of Ajumma. Ajumma means middle aged women in Korean. It was because some of his most popular TV shows were targeted to the middle aged women viewers. Choi’s intricate actions and good-looking appearance mesmerized the audience. “I feel really thankful to such nicknames. I think was I was lucky enough to have opportunities to be on the television,” said Choi.
Choi was passionate in both dancing and acting, as he loved art. “After some time of contemplation, I decided to major in dance. However, I hurt my arm in my senior year, and I decided to change my goal, to become an actor,” reminisced Choi. For eight years, Choi looked for places at musicals where he got to act from minor to major roles. “With the dancing skills that I have, I thought musical wouldn't be a whole new world to me. However, it did took me a long time for me to get a major role,” said Choi.
During such arduous course of trainings, rather than being frustrated, Choi always tried to learn more. "I would often watch other senior actors at the backstage to see how they move and act to make my own acting better." All his efforts did not betray Choi overall. “As I was waiting for my opportunity to come, I always asked my seniors about acting. Thanks to their advice, and especially to actor Oh Man-suk, whom I respect the most, I was able to successfully portray the major roles,” said Choi.
Life like a movie
Even when talking about the darkest moments of his life, Choi never lost his smiles. “I consider my life as a movie, there must be ups and downs. Without them, the movie would be boring,” emphasized Choi. Because he always know that life can be thrown into waves of difficuties and it can eventually make him stronger, Choi was able to cope with the difficulties composedly.
As an actor, Choi thinks that setting limits to capable roles is the demise of his occupation. “I always try to take different and unique roles to expand my spectrum of acting. I have acted a rich, gang, ascetic, father, and more, but there are still more roles that I want to try on, especially a disabled patients that need subtle expressions, movements, and understanding,” said Choi. According to Choi, the most imperative factor in acting is sincerity. “There’s only one of me in the whole world which makes my acting unique. If I put my sincerity into actions, that becomes the role that a person called Choi Dae-chul is acting, which is very important,” explained Choi.
One of the biggest motivation for Choi's passion, is his family. “I have a family that always supports my acting career. Also, because every offer that production companies provides me is precious, I always try to take the job,” said Choi. Also, whenever Choi feels like popularity can overwhelm himself, he always reminds of his 20s and 30s when every little chance seemed like a rain in a desert. Such efforts and sincerity made what Choi has become now.
“In a movie called life, the director, actor, and producer are all me. I am the one who knows myself the best and thus, I shouldn’t be ashamed of myself by being untruthful,” emphasized Choi. To him, being sincere is not only important in acting, but in general life. He hopes that students of Hanyang University will always try to put efforts into everything they do. “My movie will end with the epilogue of myself closing the eyes before facing death. There, all the good and bad things I have done will flash by my memories, and I hope the good deeds of mine will be remembered more,” said Choi.
Kim Ju-hyun firstname.lastname@example.org
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