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Toma Ikuta’s gardening hobby

14:21 JST August 29, 2012 2 comments

Plants help Johnny’s actor Toma Ikuta relax, the talent said in an interview with FINEBOYS, reports Johnny’s Kenkyukai on August 19.

 

In the September issue, the talent talked about his time working on upcoming movie 脳男 (Nou-otoko), where he plays a cold-hearted killing machine.  It has been reported Ikuta had been training hard for the movie’s action scenes for more than six months.  But the hardest part of filming has been showing the right emotion while doing nothing.

“It’s not all to do with my acting, there are other things like how the lighting makes my eye glimmer, and how the camera works to create a perception of the Nou-otoko.  I feel like the production crew are helping me the most.  I’ve always thought that it’s true, but I really think that creating a character is a team effort.   I can’t do it by myself.”

 

So, after a hard day’s work, one would expect Ikuta to chill out by listening to music, but the actor said there is something else that makes him relax.

“One of the best thing’s is getting home and watching over my house plant.  Feeding it water, watching the leaves gradually get greener, and then it makes me smile when I see a new leaf come out.”

 

The FINEBOYS interview also quizzed Ikuta on his own fashion trends.  It has been reported Ikuta has been a fan of simple styles like T-shirts, black caps, and turquoise and silver accessories.

“I’ve got a lot of rock concert T-shirts.  I’ll go to my favourite band’s concerts and buy T-shirts there.

“I buy bracelets and necklaces, but I always forget to put them on before leaving the house (laughs).  I’ve been trying to fix this by putting all of my accessories and watches beside where I keep my keys so I can put them on as I leave the house.”

 

It has also been reported Ikuta is a backpack fan too.

“Once you start using backpacks you can’t stop because they make things so much more easier.”

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Toma Ikuta plays coldhearted killer in next movie

14:22 JST June 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Cold, merciless, and murderer are things Toma Ikuta will portray in his upcoming violence mystery movie, it was announced on June 11, reports Nikkan Sports.

It has been reported Ikuta will play the lead in a movie-adaptation of Japanese mystery novel “脳男 (Nou-otoko)”, a story about good-looking yet deadly murderer Ichiro Suzuki who undergoes psychiatric tests so doctors and investigators can find out what really happened.

The role will be a huge change from the usually characters Ikuta has played, but producers have said they expect the Johnny’s talent will be able to provide the right look and preparation needed to become the heartless man in the story.  One preparation includes getting in shape for the hand-in-hand combats in which Suzuki attacks his targets.  It has been reported to be Ikuta’s first time at full-scale action sequences, and the film’s director had asked Ikuta to start training half a year ago.  While the actor has lost weight after taking on Kali, Shooto, and Jeet Kune Do martial arts training, he has gained a lot more muscle.

Filming already started this month, and large-scale stunts will also take place including a a scene where a five-storey hospital will be blown up.

“This is a new challenge.  I thought about taking all of my chances on this film ever since I heard about it,” Ikuta said.

“脳男 (Nou-otoko)” is expected to be released in cinemas in February 2013.

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Toma Ikuta says girls avoided him during high school

17:33 JST April 5, 2012 2 comments

Now a recognised award-winning actor, Johnny’s talent Toma Ikuta plays the lead male in his latest film, a movie adaptation of popular girl’s manga series “僕等がいた (Bokura ga Ita)”.  A movie looking at the ups and downs of young love, Ikuta says he has learnt a lot from shojo mangas, reports MORE magazine.

 

“When you look at high school students, you can see that the girls are more mature than the boys.  I think I figured out why after reading some shojo mangas.  Girls are able to imagine what love is really like, but next to them are a bunch of boys reading ‘Dragonball’ mangas.  Of course there’s going to be a difference (laughs).”

 

The movie’s story depicts the life of a boy and a girl from when they meet in high school, to when they become adults in their 20s.  It has been reported Ikuta’s own parents had met in high school and later on got married, so in one sense it is perfectly possible.  So what was Ikuta’s love life like in high school?

“I admire couples like my parents and how they fell in love, but…  I’ve been doing this job since I was at school so being able to experience it myself was difficult,” he said.

 

It has been reported Ikuta had said his best memories were the friendships he made in high school.

“We were just a whole bunch of boys doing stupid things.  I wasn’t popular with girls, in fact, I think they stayed away from me.

“Some of my best friends at high school included a Kabuki actor, a ballet dancer, and an actor so we’d talk about our work.  Like what we’d like to do and stuff…  The future that we talked about is like a source of energy for me now to keep moving forward.”

 

 

 

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