Steven Yeun and Ali Wong discuss the fury in the middle of Beef
Lee Sung Jin was not in a bad mood when, at a Los Angeles traffic light, a white SUV BMW driver aggressively honked at him for failing to hit the gas pedal quickly enough after the light turned green.
Lee, an actor and director, said that there was “a lot of honking and cursing”, and then he drove away. Philadelphia is Always Sunny Tuca & BertieEW also recalls a number of other people. But, “for some strange reason I thought, ‘Ah, I’m going to follow You.'”
He didn’t really have any plans, nor do he condone such behavior. “But in my mind I justified it like: ‘I’m just driving home and happen to be behind his car, and if that happens, I won’t follow him. Lee followed the man for miles and miles along the stretch highway.
“I was laughing because I was listening to happy music in my car and driving home. And I know he is thinking, ‘Oh My God, this person’s following my,'” he exclaims.
Andrew Cooper/Netflix Steven Yeun in ‘Beef’
The incident, or rather, “the idea we’re trapped in our subjective reality and projecting such many assumptions onto each other,” was the fundamental foundation of what would become. Beef, Netflix’s new dramedy about two strangers — Danny, a struggling contractor (Steven YeunAmy (Ali Wong), a wealthy self-made entrepreneur — who let a road rage incident burrow deep into their neuroses and unravel their lives.
They angrily take out revenge on one another by catfishing, revenge pissing, and vandalism. Amidst the wreckage, Lee expertly marinates themes of mental health, nihilism, and generational trauma into a deeply chaotic and darkly comedic series about the façades we construct.
Lee states that Road rage was a Trojan horse to allow viewers to see other themes. For me, that’s the main theme of my life. It’s that empty space that seems to have been there all along, and it’s hard to fill. Even if Netflix releases a new series, it doesn’t fill the void. It’s something I struggled with for a long while, and I’ve just recently learned to accept it as a part and love it.
Andrew Cooper/Netflix Ali Wong in “Beef”
Lee did not want to explore the road rage story of a white middle-aged male driver. BeefThis is a stronger dynamic between Yeun (the nemes) and Wong (the protagonist). It becomes very literal. Lee says that it becomes very literal, especially in this modern era. Lee says, “I didn’t really want to.” It’s so well protected.”
Yeun and Wong have “so many more human layers, deeper levels to uncover than just race,” he says. While identity is important, it’s not the only thing. Steven and Ali are Asian Americans. However, even if they were not, I would have still worked with them. Their general essence and beings fit perfectly for these roles.
Yeun and Wong both at the top of their games in the seriesFrom the very beginning, they were all onboard. Sunny said, “I think about the road rage thing. I remember that.” It was then that I realized it was over. It was then that Ali came in. People were then astonished when we started pitching it. And then? [Wong] Yeun tells EW that Yeun came up with the ending. It just went on. Although there were many difficulties and struggles, the end result was always satisfying. It felt like sculpting or carving marble. You’re simply uncovering the thing. It’s not what you make, it’s what you uncover.”
Wong says that the trio shared a “real shorthand” with one another from the beginning, and had a lot more unspoken understanding. “I trust their taste so much that I knew that what we made would be quite great.”
Courtesy of Netflix Steven Yeun and Ali Wong discuss ‘Beef.
In order to portray Danny and Amy, the stars had deep-seated anger and were even forced to speak about. breaking out in stress hives after filming wrapped. Wong recalls that Steven was all over Steven’s body and me on his face. Although filming was difficult, both men said they didn’t want to shed their human but broken counterparts.
Yeun says, “The work of doing this work is not about changing a character, but about taking it in, where it will be part of you for the rest of your life.” And it’s something you’ve dealt with and doesn’t now control. You can control it or you know how soothe it, how it should be treated. It’s a fun process to continue getting to know Ali, and to experience putting on the show.
Wong also agrees. Wong agrees. [executive producer and director] Jake Schreier,” she states, noting also that Amy is not someone she “would be interested in completely shedding” because of the value that Amy has given her and what it taught her about herself.
All existentialism rage and all existentialism imposing themes aside Beef is a comical ride across the television highway, and Yeun and Wong hope passengers are entertained — even when the story unexpectedly veers into dark territory. “The show looks at anger, rage, and I can see some of those aspects, but it to me isn’t. [more about] resentment,” Yeun says. “It’s a lot jealousy. I believe we’re all trying escape from ourselves.”
Beef Netflix now has it streaming.
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