Lee Joon Gi made his Hollywood debut with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The actor shares screen space with Milla Jovovich for the sci-fi movie. The film got mixed reviews and made decent money at the box office.
So much has been said about Lee Joon Gi’s Hollywood debut. But a recent report reveals that the actor first said no to the project. His agency revealed that Joon Gi refused to take up the movie at first.
Lee Joon Gi: Why Did He Say No To Resident Evil: The Final Chapter?
Lee Joon Gi was apprehensive of being a part of a Hollywood movie as he did not carry any experience in the western film industry. Also, when the movie was offered to him, the Scarlet Heart Ryeo star was busy with another production. But Paul Anderson decided that he wanted the South Korean star in his movie.
An interesting anecdote on the discovery of the actor makes for a good story. Lee was discovered by a YouTube video. The actor was seen pulling action stunts in the video and Anderson was left mesmerized.
Paul Anderson’s Persistence Paid Off
As soon as the director saw the video, he contacted Joon Gi’s agency with the offer. When even most of the biggest names had to go through auditions, Lee Joon Gi already set in the mind of Anderson. Paul Anderson knew he wanted Lee Joon Gi for the movie as he was mighty impressed by the actor’s stunt skills and charismatic gaze, reports Soompi.
When Joon Gi refused to take up the movie, Anderson persisted and finally had the actor come down to Hollywood from South Korea. All the co-stars of the movie have great things to say about him. Milla Jovovich along with Anderson toured South Korea to promote their movie. From their Instagram posts, it looks like they had a lot of fun.
Milla Jovovich says, “Lee Joon Gi did all of his own stunts without using any wires. He’s that good. It was like being introduced to a whole new level of stunt acting.”