DramaFever: You just finished up the wrap party for IRIS 2. What was it like to see everyone again?
David McInnis: Everybody worked really hard, and it was a 5 month deal, [filming] in a few different countries, and it was just really nice to see everyone again because this might be the last time we see each other. It felt great to get together.
DF: Looking back, what were your favorite scenes?
DM: My favorite scenes were the ones with Jang Hyuk. Obviously, the death scene was special because we worked on that together. It was actually his idea to do the full-contact fighting, and he choreographed the fight and everything. But there are other scenes: the first scene in Episode 8, when Rey was kind of manipulating him into thinking that he was a part of IRIS, after he got shot in the head. That was a special scene to me (laughs). We had fun with that!
DF: Was there any language barrier while working with Jang Hyuk?
DM: Not really. He speaks English and I also had my translator Charles Cho with me, so anything we couldn't figure out he would come in and hash it out for us. We had a lot of fun together, it was really good.
DF: So the acting technique is called "one-upping?"
DM: Yes, its like an imaginary string between the two characters. Lifting the string as high as you can with the lines of dialogue within the scene.
DF: IRIS 2 was filmed in several locations. What was your most memorable?
DM: We shot all over South Korea. There's a college just outside Seoul called DaeJin University, and there's a basement in the gymnasium where we shot a lot of the action scenes and promo material. Boy, it was so cold filming in December and January. And we filmed a lot of long nights. It was a fun time, and when I look back on it, it's really cool. That's where the production really got to know each other and bond. I'm going to miss the IRIS 2 family.
DF: What's been the audience reaction?
DM: I get a lot of love off playing Rey. I enjoy it a lot, and I really appreciate being able to do something like this. I was actually only scheduled to do 7 episodes, and then an actor dropped out. I produced a short film called BROKE AS A JOKE and that got accepted into the Asiana International Film Festival in Seoul. So then I flew over for that, and at the same time Jung Tae Won of IRIS 2 from Taewon Entertainment called and told me "hey, I'm shooting IRIS 2." And I was like, "hey that's great! Because I shot [the original] IRIS with him. I was in the last few episodes, 17 18 and 19."
DF: You're also the new Raiden in the Mortal Kombat: Legacy TV series. Do you love the hand-to-hand combat?
DM: I'm very proud to be apart of MORTAL KOMBAT LEGACY 2. MKL1 is the top webisode in the world! Leading the way for online media. DramaFever should know all about that! I had two weeks off after the Hungary shooting to be able to fly to LA to shoot MKL2. Timing was perfect. This is a huge step forward.
And I do [love the hand-to-hand combat]! It's fun. In my first movie, The Cut Runs Deep (1999), I wasn't trained then. And in Typhoon (2005), I was able to do some choreographed fighting then. But this was the biggest fight scene I've been able to do. We only had three hours to shoot that! Something like that should take 8 or 9 hours, or a full day. The crew and everyone had been working since 7 am, all the way through, not to mention working the day before. We shot this at 2 am, and we had to be out of Hankook Tires at 5 am. So there was a lot going on. There was a lot of pressure, and we kind of got thrown into it. We kind of knew what we were going to do because we choreographed it the night before for a few hours, and then shot it the next day. What's interesting is that there's a lot of improv on both characters because of the tight schedule, and it was just so hectic. We got really loose with the dialogue.
DF: How did improvisation affect IRIS 2?
The scenes definitely took a different twist. Especially with the scenes between Yoo Gun (Jang Hyuk) and Rey. Our relationship built as actors and as individuals. We became more comfortable with each other. In acting there's a thing called 'one-upping.' We kind of one-upped each other, or we tried to at least, to get where we both wanted to go to build the scene. We tried our best to do that. Rey's scenes would be in Korean and the direct translation to English didn't match. So we would all work together the EP Jung Tae Won, director Kim Tae Hoon, Charles Cho who supervised all the English Dialogue on the show, Jang Hyuk, and I tried our best to match the story.
DF: What are you working on now?
DM: I executive produced and starred in an online webisode called Broke as a Joke, directed by Aaron Pugliese and EP'd by Emily Kim. I feel online media is where is all going to be at in 5 years. The series is about to go live on YouTube! The story centers around Korean siblings that move into a commune full of hippies in central Los Angeles.
[Watch Broke as a Joke here]
DF: What's your next Korean drama project?
DM: I'm actually in talks right now. It's not set, so I can't tell you what drama it's going to be, but it's a drama that's shooting right now and I might come in mid-season. I did the fitting already, but I just need to finalize it. I still want to work in Korea, but I'm limited (by language). I'm working on my Korean. I'll let you know though! I love DramaFever, and my mom always has it on her iPad. She loves it.
DF: Thank you for talking with us!