SEOUL, August 2 (Korea Bizwire) – Hollywood actor Liam Neeson, who starred in the recent Korean box office hit, “Operation Chromite,” sent a congratulatory message to the production staff on August 1.
Neeson played American General Douglas MacArthur in the movie.
“I was very glad to hear that the movie did well at the weekend box office. I want to congratulate all the staff and director John H. Lee for having their hard work pay off,” said Neeson in an email. “I feel honored to have been part of an important movie that portrays the courage and commitment of Korean soldiers during wartime.”
Neeson showed keen interest in the movie even before production began. He agreed to take a pay cut to star in the movie, as the production company didn’t have the financial means to pay his usual rate. Neeson also visited General MacArthur’s statue at Incheon’s Jayu Park before the shooting began.
The production staff recounted that Neeson eagerly suggested ideas for lines and scenes during the production as well.
Despite critical reviews, “Operation Chromite” has been topping the Korean box office since its premiere, and had attracted more than 2 million viewers as of July 31.
By M. H. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)