posted by mouza on January 08 2021

Audio: Steven Yeun on Potentially Making Oscar History

posted by mouza on January 05 2021

Feature: Steven Yeun for Variety

 

Many actors dread comparisons to James Dean, the movie icon who helped define a new type of on-screen masculinity. But Steven Yeun, the 36-year-old who rose to global recognition on the TV megahit “The Walking Dead,” is comfortable with the juxtaposition to Hollywood’s most famous rebel.

When Yeun was talking to director Lee Isaac Chung about starring in “Minari,” the winner of this year’s grand jury and audience prizes at Sundance, Dean’s brooding persona served as a useful template.

The men discussed their immigrant fathers and the way they left their homes to travel across the world, lured by the promise of the United States and the potential for reinvention. In the mid-1960s, Chung’s dad was living in South Korea and working in a factory. After watching two iconic Dean films, “Giant” and “East of Eden,” Chung says his father’s fate was sealed, and that “seeing the landscape and possibility of America just struck him.”

More than 50 years later, “Minari” will tell a pioneer story of a Korean immigrant family who travels to Arkansas in search of a farming business and manifest destiny. Yeun is an executive producer and the ensemble’s lead, and Chung’s very own version of Dean.

“I wanted it to be a throwback to those old classic frontier films about the American expanse. Steven in a way is meant to be that classic Hollywood star who is going out there and trying something new to make a living for himself and his family,” says Chung.

Yeun, a quiet and thoughtful father of two, made his name fighting zombies on the aforementioned AMC franchise for six years. After leaving the show in 2016, he boldly strayed from commercial fare and anything featuring hordes of the undead in a concerted effort to avoid the industry’s knack for typecasting.

“After I left, the things Hollywood would give back to me were more of the same. That’s obvious and happens to everybody, but I wanted to reject that. I wanted to see the other side, to understand who I was and what I wanted to say,” Yeun says.

Drawing on Chung’s early childhood memories, “Minari” serves as a culmination of the many left turns Yeun took once he left TV stardom and the halls of San Diego Comic-Con. Among his stops on the road less traveled were Joe Lynch’s horror film “Mayhem,” Bong Joon Ho’s Cannes player “Okja,” Boots Riley’s “Sorry to Bother You” and Lee Chang Dong’s festival sensation “Burning,” a collection of bold performances that has turned Yeun into one of the most exciting and eclectic actors of his generation. [More at Source]

posted by mouza on September 30 2020

Video: “Minari” Official Trailer

posted by mouza on August 18 2020

News: “Minari” to open Deauville American Film Festival

The 46th edition of the Deauville American Film Festival is set to open with Lee Isaac Chung’s critically acclaimed drama “Minari,” and will close with Douglas Attal’s fantasy-filled French movie “How I Became a Super Hero.”

“Minari,” one of the 15 films that will screen in competition at Deauville, was a standout at Sundance where it won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. “Minari” tells the autobiographical tale of a Korean American family who moves to Arkansas to start a farm in the 1980s. Chung’s fifth film, “Minari” is inspired by the filmmaker’s own childhood and stars Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho and Scott Haze.

Deauville’s artistic director Bruno Barde described “Minari” as an exceptional film reminiscent of John Ford’s movies. Barde said the selection of the film in competition underscores Deauville’s “desire for a rigorous popular cinema.” [more at source]

posted by mouza on June 19 2020

News: Steven Yeun Joins the cast of ‘Alpha Gang’

David and Nathan Zellner will direct Alpha Gang, with Andrea Riseborough, Jon Hamm, Nicholas Hoult, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mackenzie Davis, Sofia Boutella and Steven Yeun starring. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales with CAA Media Finance handling North American sales. Pic will be unveiled at virtual Cannes and shooting will commence in 2021 in Eastern Europe.

They look and sound human, but Alpha Gang are aliens, sent on a mission to conquer Earth. Armed and dangerous, they show no mercy, until they catch the most toxic, contagious human disease of all: emotion. Their plan for world domination is in danger of derailing once they start to feel joy, fear, empathy, and – worst of all – love… But hopefully they can still annihilate mankind before it’s too late.

The Zellner Brothers will direct and produce from the script written by David Zellner. Adele Romanski and Sara Murphy of Pastel will produce. [Source]

posted by mouza on June 27 2019

Gallery Update: “I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson” Screencaptures

Steven had a small appearance in Netflix’s I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson first episode. I’ve updated the gallery with high quality screencaptures of Steven’s appearance during the episode.

posted by mouza on June 25 2019

Photos: Film Independent Presents Of “When Harry Met Sally” Live Read

I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Steven participating in the Live Read of “When Harry Met Sally” presented by Film Independent.

posted by mouza on February 24 2019

Photos: 2019 Film independent Spirit Awards

Steven walked the blue carpet of the 2019 Film independent Spirit Awards yesterday in Los Angeles, California. I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Steven during the event.

   

posted by mouza on February 18 2019

Coverage: Steven Yeun Guest Stars on Weird City

Steven’s mystery project from August turned out to be Jordan Peele’s Youtube Original Weird City. Steven guest starred on the 5th episode from the series titled “Chonathan & Mulia & Barsley & Phephanie”. I’ve updated the gallery with high quality screencaptures of the episode.

    

posted by mouza on January 13 2019

Photos: 44th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

Steven attended earlier the 44th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards with his Burning director Lee Chang-dong.

   

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