Oh Yeong-su, who played Old Man/Oh Il-nam in the “Squid Game”, talks about how the show has affected his life. The Netflix Korean series follows a group of cash-strapped players as they engage in a series of lethal children’s games in the hopes of earning a large cash reward. The “Squid Game” began on September 17th and quickly became a hit. “Squid Game” was seen by 142 million homes worldwide in its first four weeks on Netflix.
“Squid Game” was created by director Hwang Dong-hyuk in 2008, but it was turned down by studios until Netflix took it up in 2019. The show’s unexpected popularity is a testament to its relevance since the show’s themes and a message about capitalism are resonating with people all around the world. While “Squid Game” has had an impact on society as a whole, it has had an even greater impact on the cast members, who have become instantly famous around the world.
Oh now talks to ET Canada about how “Squid Game” has impacted his life. He is doing his best to keep up with the fame as the show pulls him into the spotlight. He admits that, because he doesn’t have a manager, his daughter has been assisting him in dealing with the influx of calls and offers. In terms of future intentions, he prefers to leave things alone so that he can ponder on them later rather than take them with him:
I feel like I’m floating on air. It makes me think, ‘I need to calm down, organize my thoughts, and hold myself back right now. So many people have been contacting me, and because I don’t have a manager to help me, it’s hard for me to handle the volume of calls and messages I’ve been receiving. So my daughter has been helping me. Things have changed quite a bit. Even when I go out to a café or somewhere like that, I now have to be aware of [how I appear to others]. It’s made me think, ‘Being famous is tough, too.’ I don’t have any grand ambitions. Big or small, I’ve received a lot of things while living my life. Now, I want to leave behind those things that I’ve received.
Oh’s statement exemplifies the actor’s calm demeanor, even in the midst of his international popularity as “Squid Game’s” Old Man. In other parts of the interview, he talks about the show’s premise and its underlying capitalist symbolism, describing how it shows society’s fixation with being first in everything. However, he says that the downside of the first position is that those in second or third place are glossed over. These people didn’t win first place, but they beat everyone else in the race, making them all winners in the end. As a result, Oh believes that a true winner is someone who works hard and seeks to achieve a goal on the inside rather than the outside.
As the popularity of “Squid Game” grows, the cast and crew are sharing their own tales about how the show has impacted them and how they perceive the series. In a similar vein to Oh, “Squid Game’s” Lee Jung-Jae, the show isn’t about survival games, but rather about people and the significance of preserving traits like loyalty, humanity, and kindness. “Squid Game” becomes much more intriguing when the actors and crew concentrate on the underlying meaning behind it rather than focusing on its entertainment value.