By now, you’ve probably heard of The Squid Game on Netflix, the viral Korean series that introduces us to various rising stars and established actors through a plot of survival and childhood games. With more than one popular name in the cast, fans were surprised to see Gong Yoo’s cameo in Squid game.
The actor, who appeared in the first part of the series as a recruiter, was present in few scenes, but his participation left more questions than answers, especially because of his origin and his relationship with the organization behind the macabre games. In an interview with The Chosun Ilbo, Hwang Dong Hyuk, creator of the series, revealed the story behind this mysterious character.
YOU CAN SEE: Betty, the ugly: Squid game and titles that took her out of the top 10 of Netflix Peru
The story behind The Recruiter, Gong Yoo’s character
When the salesman (or recruiter) meets the main character Seong Gi Hun (Lee Jung Jae) in a subway station, he challenges the unfortunate man to a game of Ddakji, and then offers him the opportunity to participate in The Squid Game. .
Although Gong Yoo’s character is the person who pushes viewers to see how the protagonists agree to be part of the brutal tests of Squid game, does not reappear until the last episode of the show. Even then, he once again appears only briefly, leaving viewers curious about his story.
“I know there are a lot of theories about the seller,” admitted Netflix’s The Squid Game director. “The viewers are definitely more creative than me. They would be surprised to know that their backstory is not as complex as it seems, “he explained.
While fans debate the origin of the role Gong Yoo, some indicate that it would be a former contestant who won the games years ago, Hwang Dong Hyuk commented that when he was writing the plot for the first time, decided for the vendor to be a former Squid Game staff member who gained the trust of the game’s creator, Oh Il Nam, over time. “I think he had the opportunity to work abroad and return to the ‘real world’ like that,” he added.