'I respect him as an actor'

Fans label K-pop idol Choi Siwon as the charming gentleman from A-list Korean boy band Super Junior.

But the 28-year-old shows a different side in Dragon Blade as Huo An's (Jackie Chan) subordinate Yin Po, a military guard whose loyalty sways with power.

He isn't worried his antagonist role will cause him to lose supporters, telling M in fluent English: "My fans, they don't care. That's why I like them.

"They don't confuse who I am with the roles I play. They will watch the movie and tell me I did well."

He laughed and added: "I'm always posting weird and funny things on Instagram. I am a very real guy. My fans like it, maybe that's why they are weird like me too."


Choi said he enjoyed working on Dragon Blade as he respects Jackie Chan a lot and had "always wanted to work with him".

But the pop star, who has acted in several movies and TV dramas such as Poseidon (2011) and Athena: Goddess Of War (2010), is aiming for Hollywood next.

However, he has a set of criteria when it comes to choosing scripts.

"Hollywood movies usually do not give Asian guys a good role.

"I hope to be able to change it slowly. I want to film a romantic movie with an American actress in the future. I want to play the lead role."

Choi recalled asking people in the US and Europe who their favourite actor in Asia is, and the answer he got was the usual "Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Chow Yun Fat".

He said: "No one mentioned any Korean actors and I feel challenged. It makes me want to represent Korea in the future."