Netflix’s ‘Beef’: Steven Yeun breaks down his emotional church scene

I didn’t anticipate to burst into tears throughout a music about Jesus in episode 3 of Beef, nevertheless it seems neither did Steven Yeun’s character, Danny Cho.

Within the third episode of A24 and Netflix’s collection, aptly titled “I Am Inhabited By a Cry” and written by showrunner Lee Sung Jin, Danny finds himself on the Dwelling Glory Church after every thing’s gone to shit. His effervescent highway rage warfare with Amy Lau (Ali Wong) has led to his truck being vandalised, with Danny retaliating by nearly torching Amy’s automotive together with her daughter inside it, which disturbs him deeply. So, he begrudgingly leans on the overt smiles beaming at him from a pamphlet he’s been given and heads to the church.

Tentatively discovering his spot within the congregation, Danny takes in a efficiency by the church’s band led by Edwin (Justin H. Min). The lyrics hit Danny laborious: “Are you hurting and damaged inside?” Maaaaybe. On this second, regardless of his best makes an attempt to pressure it down, Danny bursts into tears on the refrain. Ultimately, amid heaving sobs, Danny joins in singing and finds himself comforted by Pastor Kim (Eddie Shin). Later, he explains it away in disbelief. “I believe I simply wanted a great cry or one thing.”


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“That scene was one in all my favourites,” Lee advised Mashable. “Jake Schreier, our producing director, shot that; it’s shot so superbly. Larkin [Seiple], our DP, shot it in a really trustworthy method, it didn’t really feel like we had been glamorising the second but in addition not making enjoyable of it both. We simply actually had wished to replicate this Korean church expertise as actually as we might.”

Yeun mentioned, “That one was attention-grabbing as a result of I’m accustomed to that feeling of going to a collective place the place you’re overwhelmed by this sense of, like, you’re holding so tightly to your self till you go to these locations, and then you definately’re capable of let go as a result of everyone’s communally doing one thing.”

It’s the primary time we’ve seen Danny’s susceptible facet within the collection, as he’s often aggressively attempting to persuade everybody round him he’s in management or exploding in rage over goings-on. The scene wasn’t a straightforward one to realize, with all that was required of Yeun within the emotional upheaval of all of it.

“That scene was really robust as a result of Steven didn’t cry on the primary couple takes, and he was like, ‘I’m going to want a second,’” mentioned Lee. “We moved on, we shot different scenes and got here again, it nonetheless wasn’t working. What we ended up doing is we switched the music; we had prerecorded that observe with the band, and I believe what Steven wanted was the unique music that he had grown accustomed to. As soon as we performed that, and he felt all of the extras singing alongside, I believe that sense of neighborhood broke him down. A minimum of that’s what he tells me. That’s while you simply noticed Danny let the partitions down and have every thing crumble.”

“I keep in mind strolling into that church sequence, they usually had been capturing a lot of the different actors there,” defined Yeun. “I believe I’m emotionally there, it’s going to be good, I believe I’m going to have the ability to get there. Then they flipped the cameras on me, after which for sound, everyone else stopped singing, after which I couldn’t go there. I used to be impulsively tremendous dry. I used to be like, what is going on?

“I believe what was cool was like, a number of years in the past, as an actor, I might need tried to pressure it or panicked, or tried to, like, squeeze every thing out of it. As an alternative, I simply requested Sonny [Lee Sung Jin] and Jake, ‘Can I take a break? Are you able to guys shoot another issues? Can I simply return, reset myself, after which determine it out?’ In doing so, I realised, oh, I want them to proceed to sing, as a result of they’re all watching me, and it’s taking me out of the truth — you’re purported to lose your self, however everyone’s watching me as we’re capturing this. As soon as everyone began singing once more, it simply got here actually simply. Then that taught me that’s what’s occurring to Danny right here — he’s feeling the enjoyment and the emotional catharsis of shedding himself.”

“That’s what’s occurring to Danny right here, he’s feeling the enjoyment and the emotional catharsis of shedding himself.”

– Steven Yeun

Wong advised the story of when she first noticed Yeun’s church scene and had a response he didn’t anticipate.

“I really like that scene,” she declared. “We had been at Korean barbecue, and I had come from watching that scene once we went out to dinner. It was, like, simply Sonny, Steven, me, and Jake. And I used to be like, ‘Steven, oh my god, that scene while you’re crying within the church. I laughed so laborious.’ Stephen was like, ‘You laughed?’ I used to be like, yeah, it’s hysterical. And he was like…”

“Why would you chortle?” remembered Yeun.

“‘Why would you chortle?’ After which I used to be like, ‘I gotta go to the lavatory!’” mentioned Wong. “Since then, it led into this complete dialogue, however that Steven was so dedicated and unaware of how humorous it was is tantamount to creating it work. That’s how dedicated he was, you already know, as a result of if he had been to, like, cartoonishly pretend cry, [it] would have been a very totally different factor. I really like that scene a lot.”

“I agree. It’s humorous to then come into consciousness about it, too,” added Yeun. “It’s actually enjoyable.”

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