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  • Kim Yun-jin Turns Down Spielberg`s Casting Offer
  • [2004-11-03]
  • Actress Kim Yun-jin has turned down the offer to star in `Memories Of Geisha,` a movie of the world-renowned director Steven Spielberg. Kim declined the offer because the proposed role was the role of a Japanese geisha. She rejected the offer for the same reason Cha In-pyo turned down the offer to star in `007 Another Day` in 2002 because it portrayed North Korea as a terrorist country.

    `Memories Of Geisha` is based on a best-selling novel with the same title by Golden Arthur. Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi has been picked to play the lead role in the movie. Other lead actors/actresses include Ken Watanabe from `The Last Samurai` and Michelle Yeoh from `Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.` The movie has become a blockbuster, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Rob Marshall, who received an Oscar Award for the movie ` Chicago .` The role that Kim Yun-jin was offered was a supporting role of geisha who tormented Zhan Ziyi. However, Kim eventually turned down the offer after long deliberation.

    Kim says that although she was very tempted to work with such high-profile figures as Steven Spielberg and Rob Marshall, she decided to reject the offer because no matter how eager she was to work in Hollywood , she would never agree to play the role of a Japanese geisha. What's more, the role Kim was offered was sinister. Kim said she would have considered starring in Hollywood if she was offered a role of a Korean or at least a Korean-American, but playing the role of a Japanese is the question of national pride. "I doubt I will ever have this chance again, but I decided not to rush things. I think I should be all the more prudent in this situation,` said Kim.

    What makes this offer especially meaningful for Kim Yun-jin is the fact that she was offered to star in a Hollywood movie without any auditions whatsoever, which is quite unusual for Hollywood . "I am satisfied with the fact that I was offered that role without any auditions,` said Kim, smiling, `I believe there will be lots of opportunities for me in the future if I keep doing my best.` Kim has signed a contract with the William Morris agency, which has also contracts with such top-class stars as Kevin Spacey, Meg Ryon and Reese Witherspoon.

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