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“People wouldn’t know if you had just one scene in that villain act. But ‘William’ doesn’t have just one scene. He will come out from time to time throughout the movie, and since it’s a series, there might be more than just a few movies. Then people will realize. The fact that William you play isn’t just a villain.”
Ryan Will recalled The Devil he watched in the cinema. Seojun’s aura felt beyond the golden CG.
“The energy I felt when I watching the Devil was becoming warmer and greater. It was disparate because I had never experienced it, but it was definitely good.”
Seojun had nothing to say. It was as Ryan Will said. No matter how hard he tried to wrap it up, [Bubbly goblin’s teasing Mr.Kim] was still a virtuous skill.
“Now people who have watched The Devil will feel the same way when they see ‘William’ you play. He’s a villain, but he’s nice. And they will surely find that strange. And…That’s not the ‘William’ I want.”
Ryan Will sighed unconsciously. If that was the case, those who did not watch the Devil might have felt that Seojun’s “William” performance was a villain.
In “Shadowman 2,” which was about to be filmed, if he experienced many roles as he grew older, had more diverse experiences and diversified acting range, Seojun would definitely have been able to play the perfect villain on the “Shadowman” series.
At least that was Ryan Will’s plan.
The reason why he thought of a young child who has little acting experience as “William” was because of his plan to lower the standard for William’s performance in Shadowman 2.
“But the Picture where you appeared recently caused the problem.”
Everyone listened to Ryan Will’s words out of the blue.
“His Picture in angel clothes. His picture has spread all over the world.”
Seojun tilted his head. ‘That’s the problem? Isn’t it better if my face is known?’
“Unlike a villain-like movie, where you appear for two hours, your image is stuck in the head in just a second. And that scalability is nothing compared to movies. Even when there is no movie theater, even countries where The Devil are not translated, cell phones, computers and Etc… it will spread everywhere. In addition, they can see the picture again and again at any time.”
Looking at the picture Jonathan showed him, Ryan Will identified the problem at a glance.
“You’re too good.”
Ryan Will’s expression was too serious to be a compliment, so everyone looked away.
“That’s how the image got stuck. Unless it’s a pretty overwhelming performance, everyone can’t get away from the image you portrayed in the picture while watching your performance.”
At that moment, everyone remembered the story of a woman who saw Seojun’s picture and said she felt like she gained a new life.
‘Oh, I see.’
At first no one took it seriously, but only director Ryan Will, who has been watching Seojun’s performance, realized the seriousness of this case.
“Usually the characters of the previous work do not affect the next one for no reason. And this image will become like a form of advertisement. But once people recall your Angel image, they will remember your Angel features than the villain one in Shadowman 2.”
“…Can’t I be in the movie then?”
Ryan Will frowned at Seojun’s question.
“Why don’t you just say you’re going to study how a villain acts? You’re a genius. You can do anything if you really learned. An Angel-like image? Press it down with your overwhelming acting skills!”
The [Elf’s Basic Breathing] is the source of Seojun in high emotional happenings.
Even if he acted without using his abilities, Seojun’s source, which was already full of Mana of the Sun, would exude that “goodness” everytime he played the villain. (TL: Mana of the Sun, Light Element Mana. The Raws literally said Mana of the Sun so I adapted it in the translations.)
Now, even if he stops [Elf’s Basic Breathing], Seojun’s tendency to portray as good has already been fixed within his personality.
“…What if I can’t study?”
It was obvious that it wouldn’t work. So Seojun couldn’t help but ask.
“Then you’ll only play a similar role for the rest of your life.”
Ryan Will was very frank towards a 6-year-old child.
Seojun didn’t like it. Superstars had to be able to play any role perfectly. If he can’t play the role of a teenager in his 30s because of his appearance. Seojun wanted to play any role perfectly.
Ryan Will continued as he noticed Seojun troubled face.
“I’ll help you until I can. I wanted to take care of your William from the moment I saw you. If you only going to give up here, I wouldn’t have even thought about creating a Shadowman into a series.”
Jonathan, who heard Ryan Will’s persistence, nodded.
‘Still, my father used to get sick and tired of talking. But he is crazy about movies!’ (Note: It seems like Jonathan used Appa here to depict Ryan Will so he may be his adopted father with his real father as Ryan’s brother or cousin.)
‘Thank you, but I will not allow.’
Ryan Will asked Seojun, who showed a hesitant face.
“Aren’t you going to do it? Are you going to give up this much?”
The word struck Seojun’s chest like an arrow. Despite living many lives, Seojun has never given up his life. He lived, even though he would die only three days after he was born. He would still lived his life to the fullest at his short life.
“I’m going to……. I’ll do it.”
Ryan Will, with a satisfied smile, pulled the paper out of his bag. It was a script written in English.
“It’s a one-man play. I wrote it as a villain in your age. Let’s do it step by step first.”
Seojun took the script.
“Don’t worry, I think you’ll make it in less than a few months.”
In Seojun’s room, Ryan Will and Seojun’s practice began. From there only the voices of the two people sharing their thoughts could be heard.
Lee Min-joon and Seo Eun-hye were at a loss outside the door, while Jonathan studied by writing down Ryan Will’s sharp tips on paper.
* * *
Seojun opened his eyes in the library. He plopped down in front of it and heave a sigh.
He acted in front of Ryan Will all the time, but the effect of [Elf’s Basic Breathing] was too great. It didn’t look “evil”.
He looked up at the two wide open doors. All the library available to his age has already been searched through.
“I don’t I can do this.”
Seojun was very discouraged.
Seojun took out the book of his first life. The book was so old and about to crumble, but he could still read the letters.
It was such a very bad life that it was too frustrating to read it again. Nevertheless, he did not give up.
Seojun was lost in thought.
There was also a way to play only the good part. Still, he could have become a superstar. But that was juts giving up. He was avoiding that decision. Seojun closed the book.
“I don’t want to give up either.”
‘But what do I do?’ Seojun looked at his first life’s book and towards the library. he turned his head without realizing it.
On the other side of the library door, there was darkness.
Ryan Will and Jonathan returned to the United States a week after. Even then, Ryan Will’s one-man drama was still on-going.
Ryan Will and Seojun decided to talk on video call once a week while watching the video that seemed to be the best.
In the meantime, grandfather and grandmother, who went on a trip to Europe, has returned safely.
Seojun came to meet them in the airport, his grandparents each held out a piece of torn firefly talisman paper.
“What do I do about this? The amulet Seojun gave me was torn apart.”
“Grandpa’s, too. Will you draw it again later?”
Delicately painted fireflies were torn from place to place. There’s no way a grandparent would tear up a gift from their grandchildren.
Seojun was surprised and circled around his grandmother and grandfather to see if they were hurt. Adults thought it was because he was happy to see them so they laughed.
His grandparents came to Seojun’s house while happily talking about their trip in Europe and also talked about the traffic accident that happened on their trip.
When his grandmother realized that she had left her stuff at the accommodation, she went back to the accommodation with the guide.
Because of that, the package tour bus left about 10 minutes late.
“I don’t know how shocked I was when a teenager cursed at me.”
“How much did they blame your grandmother for being late? But when we saw the accident, the driver and the guide said, ‘If we had left on time, we would have been there’, and everyone kept their mouths shut!”
Fortunately, there were no fatalities, but it could have been a major accident if their bus was involved in the crash. The couple and Seojun breathed a sigh of relief.
After New Year, Seojun received a lot of birthday gift and became one-year-old older.
He is now 6 years old now, 7 years old in Korean age!
Thank you for those who donated towards our co-translator. She has now returned to her home and recovering from the trauma.