The nine-part thriller explores a dystopian reality, in which a mysterious organization recruits people in debt to participate in a series of deadly childhood games for the chance to win a huge sum of money.
The aforementioned VIPs are four mask-wearing English-speaking billionaires who watch people play these fatal games for fun.
“Why is it squid gamecomedy in English is so bad? a recent headline asked, and hundreds of Twitter users also mocked the performance, which they perceive as awkward and unrealistic.
In a new interview with The Guardianthe actors embodying the VIPs reacted to mockery online.
“I’m not complaining, baby!” Geoffrey Giuliano, who plays VIP four, apparently roared. “I’m on the hottest show in the world. I got a fanmail. Just today I got a woman who said, ‘Send me your autograph’. So I got it. did, and two hours later she sent me a picture where she had “Geoffrey Giuliano, VIP four” tattooed on her forearm. There were also sexual invitations, from both men and women. .
Daniel C Kennedy, who plays VIP 2, didn’t sweep the reviews in the same way. “I have extreme clinical depression, so it’s been a little difficult,” he said.
“At first I was disgusted by the comments but, with time and distance and honest self-reflection, I’ve been better able to filter the comments into things I can use to improve. next time, about things that are bound to come when you’re part of a project that gets global recognition.
John D Michaels, who plays VIP one, added, “It’s different for every show, but non-Korean performers often act with dialogue that’s translated by a non-native – sometimes even by Google Translate – so it may seem abnormal. .
He explained that actors have the ability to fix stilted dialogue, but that often happens at the last minute. “And often we don’t have the scripts for the rest of the show,” he said. “We’re only given our scenes, so we have no idea what the tone is.”
Kennedy added that in squid gamethe VIPs were given no context for their scenes, meaning they made up their own stories for their characters, deciding to be “total idiots” and “dirty millionaires”.
He said: “We were all wearing very heavy plaster masks and sat on sofas at least 20 to 30 feet from the nearest VIP. We all had to vaguely shout our lines into the air, which added to the eerie tone of the delivery.
After being officially declared the biggest launch ever by Netflix, squid game is estimated at nearly $900 million (£654m) for the streaming service.