Daniel Wu Criticizes the Korean Flower Boy Look: “It Affects Your Acting”
Chinese-American actor Daniel Wu hit the Korean "flower boy" image, saying it doesn't do any justice to one's acting.
"A lot of people like to make themselves look like Korean celebrities nowadays," he said. Actors style their hair in "strange ways" and wear lot of make up, to the point that "men don't look like men anymore," he observed.
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But Wu justified that these "Korean celebrities look the way they do because they are singers, not actors." However, if actors try to look like these singers and dancers, the kind of acting a performer delivers becomes really different.
"If you dress up strangely every day, how would you be convincing in a role where you're supposed to look plain?" he asked. This, according to him, would leave a rather stark impression on the audience, which could damage, instead of promote, the actor's image.
The 41-year-old Wu has gone a long way. More than his good looks and personality, the Hong Kong-based star, who debuted as an actor in the 1998 romantic drama film Bishonen (Beautiful Boys), would still prefer to deliver a stirring performance rather than stay good looking on screen all the time.
Wu revealed that his love for acting was the main reason he joined show business.
"It's not because I want to be a celebrity," he said. In fact, he still prefers to be known as a "traditional actor."
Wu's latest project, the Hollywood film Warcraft: The Beginning, is a huge hit in China, despite its lukewarm reception in the American market. In the movie, based on the famous video game, Wu is seen portraying Gul'dan, the wicked orc wizard, who has a personality totally different from Daniel's own image.