SMAP leader Masahiro Nakai will be coming back with more ATARU for a special drama during New Year’s next year, it was announced on October 25, reports Mantan Web.
Johnny’s Jr. talent Jesse Lewis will play a university student taking part in a bloody quiz show where contestants are killed off one by one, reports Cinema Today on August 23.
The cast of special drama The Quiz held a press conference on August 21, where Lewis, and other Johnny’s Jr. talents Keigo Hagiya and Hikaru Iwamoto talked about their upcoming show.
The drama is based on a horror mystery novel where 10 contestants compete in a quiz show to win 100 million yen. But it is not as easy as it seems, because for every question one contestant is killed off.
It has been reported Lewis will play the lead character, Shota, a third-year university student.
“I’m so surprised I got my first lead. I hope I can convince people that I can pull off roles like this. I hope I get them sitting on the edge of their seat when they watch this show,” he said.
The talent had also said he had never thought he would be able to be in so many dramas this year, from 私立バカレア高校 (Shiritsu Bakarea Koukou), Sprout, and now The Quiz.
For his co-star Hagiya, who plays a cold-hearted Tokyo University graduate student, the whole drama experience is completely new to him.
“This is my first drama. There are so many things I don’t know but I’ve been getting through it all thanks to the advice the director has been giving me,” he said.
Iwamoto, who plays a national karate champion Riku, said he had a lot in common with his character.
“Riku has a bright personality like me so it’s easy to get into character. I hope we can have fun making this into a great show,” he said.
The three talents also talked about what they would do if they themselves got their hands on the 100 million yen cash prize,
“I’d build a movie theatre inside my house! I watch DVDs with my family when I have a day off so I want to watch it on a big screen,” Lewis sad.
“I’d build a sound-proof room at home and put a drum kit and karaoke machine there,” Hagiya said.
“I’m really into designing lately so I’d like to open up my own apparel shop,” Iwamoto said.
The Quiz goes on air in Japan on September 1.
Interview with Kis-My-Ft2′s Taisuke Fujigaya in Yomiuri Shimbun, published on July 30.
It must have been a long wait, but the 25-year-old Kis-My-Ft2 group member is in the middle of playing his first lead in a drama series. He was a late bloomer for a Johnny’s talent, but that has not changed his attitude.
“I always wanted to try a lead role. How different is it. There’s so much I want to learn,” Fujigaya said.
Fujigaya’s character in Beginners! wants become a police officer because his father was one. The Johnny’s talent said he brings things about his own relationship with his father into his character.
“My parents have done so much for me. My dad’s a quiet person, but when I was going through a tough time thinking about my future, he was there for me. I was so happy when he came to my concert.”
Q&A with questions sent in by fans:
Q: How do you remember you lines?
A: When I’m at home, usually in the bath. I’ll imagine the scene and take my time going over lines.
Q: What kind of character would you like to try?
A: Something like 10 episodes of the love story from the first episode. I want to try so many characters.
Q: What job would you be doing if you weren’t doing this one?
A: I love kids so I might’ve become a kindergarten teacher or a worker at Disneyland.
Q: What’s the best thing a fan has told you?
A: Things like, “you gave me support”, or, “you gave me motivation”. Knowing that what we do makes someone happy makes me happy too.