Aug 02, 2012|
Do you think your innocent looks made you a good fit to play the character Jan Dara?
My character Jan was once an innocent boy, but his life experiences and treatment as a child influenced the adult he became. As an actor, developing my character according to the script is much more important than my looks. I should be able to adapt myself to play every character I am assigned, and leave it to the make-up artists and lighting crew to make me look the part.
What did you enjoy most about shooting the film?
I love how the movie is set in the 1930s because I find the vintage setting very appealing, from the costumes to the cars and the houses. Most of the movie was filmed outside of Bangkok. The house where we mainly shot the movie is over 100 years old, and was occupied by the Japanese during World War II. I like that the film has a long history behind it.
Did anything unexpected occur during shooting?
Everyone warned me about how hot it was going to be shooting in costume. But I thought to myself, “I’m Thai and I’m not afraid of the heat.” How wrong I was. I had to wear many layers of clothing, from an under-shirt to a shirt to a jacket. It got up to around 44 degrees Celsius, and it was pretty much the hottest summer in Thailand. I almost fainted a couple of times.
Apart from the sex scenes, what can audiences expect from this movie?
The movie illustrates how behind every action is a reason. It uses sex to develop characters, and to connect one character to another. It shows different perspectives on sex, whether it’s the beauty of sex, the grandeur or the bond between two families.
How does the movie reflect Thai society?
It reflects the old lifestyle much more than today’s society. The characters in the movie use sex as a way of exerting power, which was more common in the past. People often give sex negative connotations, but back then it was a powerful and effective way to dominate a household and to produce more children to help out around the house.