Squid Game lead actor Lee Jung-jae says he finds it sad that Squid Game has become such a popular show. The Netflix series became the streaming platform’s most-watched show and amassed 1.65 billion viewing hours within the first four weeks. Jung-jae says he, of course, appreciates the support people have shown towards the show, but it’s also bittersweet that so many relate to the show’s plot.
Speaking to The Guardian, Jung-Jae explained, I’m happy about it, of course, but it’s bittersweet. Yes, it’s great that audiences are consuming Korean content around the world. And they appreciate it. But if you think about the themes of Squid Game – how far are we willing to go to accumulate personal wealth; the lengths people are forced to go to – the fact it resonated with so many around the world is worrying. You get a sense this is the reality for so many people globally. And that makes me feel hugely sad.”
The actor also added that it was not easy to portray the show’s characters, who went through such terrible circumstances.
“And we had to express the experiences of these characters being pushed to those extremes. Doing that? It was terrible. The more beautiful the game set was, and the more childish and fun it seemed, the more horrific it was for the characters, and therefore us as actors. I do think about what happened in that show. It’s impossible not to. And it made me think about what I’m not doing. Many of us live obliviously. It made me rethink how I look at the world. It couldn’t not.”
Squid Game became a worldwide success for Netflix as the company confirmed a second season is in the works. It is also working on a Squid Game reality show which is set to have a 35 crore+ prize. awarded the show a score of 9/10 in its review, writing: “Squid Game is one of the most exciting series to hit Netflix in some time. It mashes up the carefree, idyllic days of childhood with the brutal realism of adulthood as it forces everyday people to compete in life or death matches in a bid to potentially wipe out their debts. Equal parts gut-wrenching and squirm-inducing, it’s a white-knuckle thriller, drama, and episodic psychological breakdown with a sickly pastel veneer. It’s one of the most unique things you’ll watch this year — and maybe ever.”