LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 12: Oh Young-soo attends Netflix's "Squid Game" Los Angeles FYSEE Special Event at Netflix FYSEE At Raleigh Studios on June 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
TV - Movies
Why Squid Game's
Creator Needed
To Cast An
Unknown Actor
For Il-Nam
Audiences for “Squid Game” kept coming back to see which of the series' characters would survive each game. One of these characters was the elderly, ostensibly harmless Il-nam, played by Oh Young-soo, a relatively obscure actor.
To accomplish the many distinct aspects of the character and make him believable, creator Hwang Dong-hyuk was adamant that an unknown actor be cast in the part. "We wanted Il-nam to be unknown so that he would seem like the actual character in the show," the creator explained.
Since the performer behind Il-nam has to be able to play the character as charmingly aloof, the role is a tall order. Luckily, Young-soo made him a memorable addition to "Squid Game" even before the big reveal of his true identity in the final episode.