Netflix's 'Squid Game' creator says Donald Trump's election helped inspire him to finally make the hit show

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But in Squid Game, the games are lethal and the lives of everyone who plays are on the line. If a player loses, they will die. Speaking with IndieWire, writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk said he conceived of the show in 2008, drawing on the real-world financial crisis as inspiration. PEOPLE.comSquid Game Creator Talks Trump's Influence, VIP Connection | PEOPLE.com

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Key Facts. In the dystopian thriller, contestants clad in tracksuits and white slip-on sneakers compete in six games for a $38 million cash prize, and viewers are eager to buy merchandise to match the show's characters. ForbesVans, Tracksuits And Lots Of Dalgona: How Squid Game Mania Drives Massive Sales

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What to Know About 'Squid Game' Have you heard about this South Korean drama yet? It was released on Netflix on Sept. 17 and has quickly earned a worldwide audience. The New York Times‘Squid Game’ Has Made Tracksuits Hot

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Squid Game stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon and Jung Ho-yeon as a group of outcasts lured by a mysterious organization into playing children's games for a cash prize — with deadly high stakes. The show premiered on Netflix on Sept. 17 and is currently No. 1 on the platform in 90 countries. Hollywood Reporter‘Squid Game’: Netflix’s Top Exec in Asia Explains the Show’s Huge Global Appeal

‘Squid Game’ Is a Global Hit, but South Korean Star Lee Jung-jae Says Hollywood Isn’t Calling Him Yet (EXCLUSIVE)

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“No proposals or requests have come my way,” he told Variety. “But, if the right one came along, I’d be happy to be in an overseas production. It could be fun.”

Lee plays Gi-hun, a penniless wastrel who gambles too much, steals from his family, gets beaten up by loan sharks and accepts a mysterious invitation to become contender #456 in the deadly competition. His affability and carefully crafted backstory make him an easy-to-like protagonist who faces an evil organization that its literally playing with people’s lives.

It was a role that Lee accepted with relish after a more than two-decade career, in which he played romantic leads early on but lately has been cast as austere princes, killers and crooks. His credits include “Il Mare,” “The Housemaid,” “New World” and 2020’s “Deliver Us From Evil.”

Lee may have been playing against type for too long. Independent producer Jonathan Kim, who has known Lee since he was 19, says “He thoroughly deserves the success he’s enjoying with ‘Squid Game.’ It couldn’t happen to a nicer person.”

“I didn’t expect this kind of success at all when I first boarded ‘Squid Game’ as a project. But when I read the script, I understood that it contained elements that could resonate with everyone and work outside of Korea,” says Lee.

Lee says he was also attracted to “Squid Game” by the stellar track record of writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk, whose feature films include historical action drama “The Fortress” and the much-remade body-swap musical comedy “Miss Granny.”

“[Hwang’s] success comes from being very detailed about explaining the characters, their roles and their feelings. Sadness wears many different faces and [in ‘Squid Game’] the characters’ different sadnesses can easily be felt by viewers,” says Lee. “[Hwang] is very capable of building characters from the ground upwards, which is why when the characters have to take big decisions, they are believable. And it is why the audience is willing to believe in the show’s climactic ending. It is actually touching.”

Industry gossip says that Lee is now the most bankable actor in Korea, but he shakes off the idea that he has been fundamentally changed by “Squid Game.”

“Nothing much has changed for me as an actor. But Gi-hun’s character changes a lot over the course of the show. It has a large spectrum, which any actor would want to try out at least once in his career. This was possibly the first time I’ve played a character with such a range,” says Lee.

Korean films have grabbed the global spotlight thanks to titles like “Old Boy,” “Snowpiercer” and Oscar winner “Parasite.” But within Asia, Korean TV drama has long been regarded as the gold standard, combining creativity, classy performances and high production standards. The global streaming giants are now engaged in a race to secure long-term supply deals with Korean producers and content suppliers. That makes it an exciting time to be in the Korean screen industry. And Lee says that “Squid Game” has opened his eyes to the options.

“There are always questions about whether something is better as a film or as a series. I’m not sure how much that matters. What is important is whether the script fits the form, whether the story is entertaining and captivating,” he says. “We are living at a time when an actor can choose freely between the two. These days in Korea, many series of ten episodes or less are being made by writers and directors from the film scene. That makes me feel very at home. But series are naturally longer, which gives you more time to develop a character. Maybe as an actor I should do more series, explore some more.”

Lee, who has used the fruits of his past success to become entrepreneurial and venture into restaurants, property and interior design, says he increasingly wants to focus on acting. He is currently producing and making his feature directing debut on “Namsun,” a Korean-language spy thriller that he got caught up in after buying the rights and rewriting the screenplay.

“Just because I’m doing the director’s job on this film doesn’t mean I’m going to be giving up acting. I still like acting the best and intend to focus on that,” he says. When I was younger, I was curious about other trades. I wanted to see other parts of the world, try things out. But it has been quite a while since I was involved in those things.”

“After I turned 40, I felt my stamina dropping, and rationalized that I should just focus on one thing, and I decided to focus on acting alone,” he says with a grin. “Now that I’m nearly 50, I feel it more. And I’ve decided that I’ll only do one job at a time. For now, I don’t have any plans to do an overseas project. But if a good opportunity presented itself, of course I’d be open to it.”

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The Supremely-Comfortable 2022 Toyota Tundra Brings Toyota's Full-Size Truck Into Modernity, But That's About It

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In some ways, Toyota is the Apple of car companies. The Japanese automaker’s vehicles are a default choice for many, as the machines have a reputation for just working and keeping bullshit to a minimum. With that said, technology often lags the competition. For example, the current-generation Toyota Tacoma — which came out in 2015 and which isn’t that different than the previous model — still has rear drum brakes and a six-speed automatic. The last-gen Toyota Corolla, one of the best-selling small cars in the world, could be had with an antiquated four-speed automatic all the way up until 2016.

Toyota likes to kick it old school, and if you ask the company why, its representatives will spit out the acronym “QDR,” which stands for “Quality, Durability and Reliability.” The carmaker wants you to believe that it sticks with older tech because that tech still satisfies customers and meets the company’s QDR targets. “Fifteen years later, [the Tundra] was still meeting our customers’ expectations and doing what it needed to do,” Jay Sackett, executive program manager, told me at the press event.

“Frame development...it’s complex, and when we do it, we want to make sure we do things right and proper,” he said, mentioning that Toyota developed the Tundra alongside its platform mate, the new Toyota Land Cruiser (whose frame has the same side profile and rail width), and that the team was careful to hit its QDR for both machines when developing this new platform.

“It’s very rare for us to make a huge leap,” Sackett admitted. “Toyota is always about continuous improvement and Kaizen. We have what we have, and we understand it works well, and we make [incremental] improvements over time,” he told me, mentioning that the Tundra did have some refreshes along the way, but that though the old vehicle did still satisfy customers, it was time for a new Tundra after 15 model years.

I’m assuming the outgoing truck’s horrendous fuel economy numbers and sub-optimal crash test results were contributing factors.

The engine architecture is the same as that of the Lexus LS500 sedan’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6, though Toyota made sure to tell journalists that the engine has been thoroughly truck-ified. Like that LS500, the new Tundra gets a 10-speed automatic transmission to replace the old six-speed.

The image above shows two lower control arms; there are also two upper arms that mitigate axle wrap (the tendency for the axle to twist under load) and a track bar to handle lateral loads. The beauty of this design is that it allows Toyota to decouple certain vehicle performance attributes (such as ride and handling), and tune them individually and precisely. More on the tech in an article later this week.

With a boosted hybrid engine, coil-spring rear suspension, and 10-speed automatic, the new Tundra has finally caught up to the competition with regards to hardware. And in the area of software, Toyota didn’t skimp, either: it developed an infotainment system displayed on a big-screen that acts as the centerpiece of a significantly improved interior.

Toyota had some last-gen Tundras available; in fact, there were so many journalists and so few trucks parked in front of the San Antonio hotel that I actually had no choice but to drive the 2021 model, and boy am I glad I did. The 5.7-liter V8 in that truck is fantastic; it feels powerful, the six-speed transmission downshifts and shoots the V8's revs to the moon, and my god when those revs get up there, are they glorious — I mean, for a modern full-size truck, that is. It’s no Shelby GT350R:

For some reason, I wanted more revs — I wanted more something. Because hammering the throttle and watching the engine spin up to only 3,800 RPM, and then quietly and calmly accelerate the truck forward just made the driving experience feel a bit too tame. The video directly above demonstrates what I’m talking about; the old truck’s six-speed downshifted enough to get that V8 up to 4,500 RPM, at which point the motor made a raucous sound, and I really felt like I was moving. The new truck, with its gas pedal jammed to the floorboard, downshifts to under 4,000 RPM, and the engine quietly and gradually propels the pickup forward.

Even on the hybrid model, acceleration felt gradual; perhaps if I had more time, it’d have been easier to notice the extra grunt from the electric motor, though it’s worth noting again that the hybrid weighs about 500 pounds more. Where I did notice the hybrid powertrain’s benefit was in partial-throttle conditions. Hammer down, and the transmission’s downshift takes some time before the engine (again, at about 3,500 to 4,000 RPM) swiftly pushes the truck forward. But lightly tap the throttle so that it doesn’t induce a downshift, and you’ll notice almost immediate acceleration from that e-motor. It’s nice.

Still, whether in the base engine or hybrid, in some ways the old truck felt quicker, and I don’t know if that’s real, or if it’s a perception thing.

Contributing to that isolated feeling is smooth ride quality. To be sure, I was mostly driving on smooth Texas roads, but even when I hit expansion joints, cobblestones, or asphalt repair patches, the suspension transmitted very little into the cabin.

With skid plates and Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires, there was decent grip and underbody protection, but without the additional ground clearance of the TRD Pro, the truck only had a 21 degree approach angle and 24 degree departure angle despite the decent ~11 inches of running clearance.

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