Lee Ji-seok knocked on the gate.
He was following what the script’s says but he felt like there was really something standing across the door.
Lee Ji-seok knocked on the door again, in a dazed manner without realizing it.
Choi Dae-man said, “It felt more natural. The evil spirit in Su-hyuk’s body seemed to have felt the power of God from the child shaman across the door. As expected, of veterans actors, they know how to act well.”
The door opened. It looked quite thick when knocking, but it opened lightly.
Then a child in a white hanbok appeared.
“I heard there’s a brave shaman here.….”
The original line was supposed to end there, but Lee Ji-seok, no, Su-hyuk, stopped talking without realizing it.
Two pairs of eyes were looking at him.
One is the sparkling eyes of the child shaman. And the other was the eyes of something he couldn’t see but felt.
Choi Dae-man, who was watching in the monitor, did not feel as much as Lee Ji-seok. But he knew something that wasn’t human was there, because he felt what was Lee Ji-seok is feeling now, back in Seojun’s audition. It really feels like there’s something inside Seojun.
There were some staff members who felt something foreign coming from the child and others who did not, but everyone held their breath at Seojun and Lee Ji-seok’s acting.
The silence created by the two actors alone raised a mysterious atmoy.
The child shaman’s head moved slowly from Su-hyuk’s head to his feet.
Su-hyuk couldn’t come to his senses because of that creepy eyes looking inside him.
Su-hyuk felt that the evil spirit in him was dancing.
His blood seemed to be moving all over his body in order to increase the beat of his pounding heart.
He could feel his heartbeat coming from his toes to his fingertips.
At the end, even his head was pounding.
The chikd shaman’s eyes soon were away from him.
The door is now closed.
He could hear the director’s voice, but Su-hyuk, no, Lee Ji-seok, was just looking at the door in that posture.
When the actor didn’t move, other staff members quietly rolled their eyes.
When the door opened, Lee Ji-seok took two steps back without realizing it.
“Oh, were you still filming?”
When Kim Hee-sung, Lee Seojun’s guardian, appeared, Lee Ji-seok came to his senses.
It was because he could see Seojun smiling brightly and waving at him within Kim Hee-sang’s arms. Unlike before, where he felt like he has four eyes.
“They both did a great job! Now get some rest while we prepare you for your next shoot.”
As Director Choi Dae-man said, Seojun had to take close-up shots and bust shots.
In order to catch the realistic expressions of the two actors, the two actors sat in chairs and waited for the shooting while the staff installed cameras near the wooden gate.
Lee Ji-seok, who saw Seojun drinking cocoa while sitting in a chair, opened but closed his mouth immediately when he couldn’t utter the words he was thinking.
‘How did you do that? How can you act like that?’
He was like a much more experienced veteran actor than him and not just a small child who just started acting.
‘No, can an average actor even do that?’
As Lee Ji-seok kept staring at him, Seojun put down his cocoa cup and smoothed his face.
“Well, do you have something to say?”
Lee Ji-seok shook his head.
‘So, there here was an actor of that sort.’
An actor with a talent from heaven, @n actor by nature.
Such talent was not understandable to the average person just by explaining it in words.
It was no different from “I studied only by following the textbook.”
No, in this case, he thought it would work, so he tried it, but it worked.
Lee Ji-seok sighed deep inside.
Still, acting with such an actor has improved his acting also.
He was able to take a step forward just by playing the opposite role without losing to Seojun’s overwhelming performance.
Lee Ji-seok laughed. ‘If you can’t learn by the book, you should learn by stealing.’
“The next shoot begins!”
Lee Ji-seok and Seojun, who got up from their seats, headed back to the set.
After all the filming was over on the day, the actors returned to their accommodation and the staff stayed to arrange the equipment.
The camera director was left dumbfounded, seeing his expression Director Choi Dae-man said to him.
“At how actor Lee Ji-seok acted, Seojun never lost. They were acting like fireworks.….”
“I don’t think so.”
“In my eyes was the opposite, Ji-seok didn’t want to lose to Seojin.”
* * *
The next day
The filming of the scene where Seojun appears ended quickly.
The child shaman put the bells and amulets in order to exorcise the evil spirit.
He also filmed a scene with a grandfather living with a the child shaman.
It was a time-independent scene, so it was all over by lunch.
Unlike Seojun, there were many scenes that Lee Ji-seok needed to film.
It was because Su-hyuk was filming a scene where he heard the story of the child shaman from his grandfather who lived with him, and a scene where Su-hyuk tried to leave the village while the evil spirit tried to stay in the village to avoid being harmed by the baby shaman.
“Grandmother, it’s delicious!”
Seojun and Kim Hee-sung, who decided to visit the village, were caught by the grandmother from their accomodations and accepted her proposal to eat the hand-made noodles.
There weren’t many ingredients in the noodles, but it was really good.
Seojun diligently ate the noodles.
“The baby eats well.”
“I am Seojun!”
Their filming seemed to have gathered all the villagers’ attention as it was the talk of the town.
A grandfather stopped drinking rice wine and said, “I heard you’re filming. Where can I watch it? On Television?”
“We are shooting a movie. You’ll have to watch it at the movie theater.”
“The movie theater should out of town…”
“But we will be going out of town, so let’s watch when we have time!”
“With your car and that carriage over there, we’ll be able to get there, right?”
“There’s a big car in this house, but only four could go inside!”
Everyone started to set a date to go to the movies. Grandmother said.
“What movie is all about?”
Kim Hee-sung agonized for a while. Exorcist? God?
“A movie that defeats bad ghosts!”
In the meantime, Seojun replied.
The villagers tilted their heads.
“There’s a shaman, there’s a pastor. It’s that kind of movie. Should I call it a ritual?”
“Oh, a shaman!”
“The shaman next door was very good.”
Soon, the theme changed from the movie to the shaman’s story.
Kim Hee-sung and Seojun quickly declined when their grandmother tried to give them another ladle after seeing the bowl where Kim Hee-sung and Seojun ate was finished. Honestly, they ate too much.
Seojun and Kim Hee-sung, who decided to go to see Shenyangdang (TL: a type of tree) at the corner of the village, got up from their seats andbid goodbye to the villagers and left.
Grandfather, who was pouring the rice wine into a bowl after Seojun and Kim Hee-sung left, said. “If the shaman from the next village was still there, I’d ask him to look at my grandchild’s fortune.”
“Oh, your grandson came to visit you the day before yesterday, right?”
The villagers recalled the grandson of Granpa Choi.
He grew up in his grandfather’s house until he was 10 years old.
“He hasn’t even had lunch. Where is he shooting?”
“I went to Shenyangdang this morning.Will he come late again tonight?”
“It must be hard to live in Seoul.”
Everyone held up their rice wine cups and drank them.