South Korean actor Lee Je-hoon talks ‘Taxi Driver 2’, teases next press conference to be at a beach

Lee revealed that he had visited Singapore once last year, and another time earlier this year for personal vacations.

Avier Tan

| March 25, 2023
Lee speaking at the press conference before his first fan meet in Singapore. Photo: HallyuSG

Ahead of his first fan meeting in Singapore, South Korean actor Lee Je-hoon met members of the press at a closed-door press conference.

Lee looked dapper in a black ensemble, paired with leather high-cut boots.

Lee poses for the press, looking dapper in a black ensemble. HallyuSG Photo: Nicole Quek

The 38 year-old last visited Singapore for work in 2017, where he promoted his drama Tomorrow With You. But little did his fans know, he has been travelling to Singapore quite often post-pandemic.

Travelling was very much restricted during Covid-19. And since “Singapore eased up travel restrictions relatively earlier, I came here once last year and another time early this year,” Lee said in Korean via an interpreter.

But if he’s coming back for another fan meet, the press conference might just be held at a nearby beach instead, the emcee teased.

“I’m going to exercise really hard,” Lee joked.

Chinatown? Check. But he hasn’t been to places like Joo Chiat and Sentosa, where the press conference was held.

“I’ve been moving around the city on foot,” he confessed, which makes it difficult for the actor to drop by these places.

At times, Lee commutes via private hire, especially when he has free time after his official schedules. And he gets recognised by these drivers who ask him for a photo.

In his latest work Taxi Driver 2, Lee plays Kim Do-gi, a deluxe taxi driver under Rainbow Taxi Company with a little twist. 

The company offers a revenge call service. And when called upon, Kim will execute the revenge alongside the Rainbow Taxi team.

The Rainbow Taxi team in a still from Taxi Driver 2. Photo: Viu

For Lee, filming the second season “was hard but enjoyable”. “It was difficult because I struggled to contain my excitement and keep in character as I was having so much fun,” he added.

Like the dedicated actor he is, he went off-track from what was planned for the press conference and performed an impromptu impression of Kim Do-gi.

Lee performs an impromptu impression of Kim Do-gi. HallyuSG Photo: Nicole Quek

Lee also played an alter ego of Kim Do-gi, Wang Tao-zi, who happened to be a Chinese businessman who swooned female mafia boss Lim Bok Ja (Madame Lim), played by Shim So-young.

If Lee was given the chance to only play a role for the rest of his career, he told the press that he’d still choose Wang Tao-zi. 

It’s mainly because of the unrequited love that Wang experiences with Lim, and “I think it will be interesting and entertaining to put a conclusion to that in a spin-off series,” he said.

Catch Taxi Driver 2 on Viu, with new episodes released every Friday and Saturday.



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