EXO Mentioned In Kris Wu’s Latest Hollywood Movie ‘xXx: Return Of Xander Cage’ + Korean Celebrities’ Reactions In The Philippines
No spoiler but you might tear up for Kris Wu!
Hellokpop was invited to watch the advanced movie screening of ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ featuring ex-EXO member Kris Wu on January 17, Tuesday in IMAX Theatre, SM Megamall, by United International Pictures Philippines.
‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ stars Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette and Samuel L. Jackson. It is now showing in the Philippines.
Kris Wu has exceeded the audience’ expectations, with his supporting role as Harvard “Nicks” and his acting skills. Nicks was a former baller before he was recruited by Xander Cage (played by Vin Diesel) to be part of the xXx team (read: triple X).
In the movie, the former EXO member also plays the diversionary tactic to help Xander escape the looming danger through his DJ-mixing skills. The song being played is titled, Juice, which is Kris Wu’s OST contribution to the movie.
It is not the first time that a Korea-trained artist plays a role in a Hollywood movie. Korean actors such as Lee Byung Hoon, Rain, and Lee Joon have also had their share in the prestigious Hollywood scene.
For the advanced movie screening of ‘xXx Return of Xander Cage’, Hellokpop has the privilege to invite Korean celebrities in the Philippines – who happen to be fans of K-Pop too.
Hellokpop’s invited guests were Shine Kuk, Yohan Hwang and Sandra Jung (reality show winners and actors), JS Park (freelance host), and Kimi and Rocher (members of the Korean musical ensemble group Narra.)
Kris Wu and His Character – Nicks
Their first impression upon the appearance of Kris – when his background was revealed and how he was recruited to the xXx Team – is a cool, laid back guy.
“His image is different compared to his idol days as an EXO member. He looked tough and more mature,” said Sandra Jung. “He fits the role in the movie,” Shine Kuk added.
Although he is not the first K-pop idol to appear on a Hollywood film as Rain and Lee Joon have both appeared on the film ‘Ninja Assassin’ before, the ladies approved Wu’s acting skills.
They were impressed with his performance, and made them proud as an Asian to be able to participate in a Hollywood film with a major role.
Kimi of Narra said that she was impressed, “I didn’t know he could pull off a character that looks like the opposite of his personality.”
The K-POP Surprise
Aside from the thrill of watching it in 3D, the story remains an exciting movie to watch, with the mix of comedy, action and romance.
JS Park approved that the xXx movie has eye-catching scenarios that are “unique from Korean action movies” which fans usually watch.
This movie will show fans a different side and fresh image of Kris Wu.
As the xXx team takes on the mission to find the coveted Pandora’s Box, Nicks finds an interesting armor used by the armed forces. He puts it on, and is told that they are called ‘EXO Gloves’.
All were surprised to hear the word EXO, which is obviously the name of his former idol group. As fans of K-pop, it gave them an ironic relief because it was least expected in the movie.
Do you think it was a mere coincidence?
Hellokpop would like to thank Ms. Kat and Ms. Ica of United International Pictures for the invitation to the advanced movie screening of ‘xXx Return of Xander Cage’ held last January 17 at the IMAX Theatre, SM Megamall.
Event covered by: Paulene, Danica, and Darla of hellokpop