FINALLY I have finished the final inside scoop.
I want to thank maido_ari for her help in editing my weird English ~ (sometimes I wonder how I can be an English teacher XD)
(Please refer to ouran_tbs for the original Japanese text)
For those who missed the others
Kawaguchi Haruna, Yamamoto Yusuke, Chiba Yudai, Nakamura Masaya, Takagi Twins
The director reveals the inside scoop on ★ Ootori Kyoya ★!
Actually the last character to be cast was Kyoya. The thing we were looking for was not just the visual similarities (to Kyoya) but the acting ability and his presence. We wanted someone who would be able to bear the weight of his responsibility in the background after Tamaki started the host club. With those images in mind the casting of Kyoya was harder than the casting of the other characters.
And the last piece that fit perfectly in the puzzle was Daito Shunsuke. With Yusuke they were dynamic and static. The obverse and the reverse. They recognized each other as actors of the same age* but this time they fit together beautifully. A twin engine was born in the front and the back. That power was the driving force for team Ouran. *Those from the same “generation” were often thought as rivals
Amongst the cast, Daito Shunsuke was the one who had the most questions about his character. Daito first read the manga; (from the manga) he tried to fully understand Kyoya. After delving deeply into the (manga) character of Kyoya he came onto set as the real-life Kyoya. I often thought that when acting Daito imagined how Kyoya would be thinking and how Kyoya would act.
Sometimes we had to summarize many stories within a 30 min time slot and therefore we often had to force the involvement of many characters together. But Daito as the real-life Kyoya faced his character head-on so even if there a fast summarization he would say “wouldn’t Kyoya take it this way?”
From the very beginning Daito would comment “If Kyoya acts this way he would go out of character.” Shunsuke was the only one who did this (questioned the director’s directing). Rather than playing (the character of) Kyoya as written in the script, he wanted to present Kyoya as a real-life person. I often agreed with the way Shunsuke thought.
In a certain sense, the host club were often exposed to an environment where they could go off course but Shunsuke would not be affected and continued to protect the character of Kyoya. That was a plus to the set. I think Haruna and Yudai were greatly affected by Shunsuke’s acting. Shunsuke also knew how to present himself for the people around him.
The things that Kyoya and Shunsuke had in similarities was not just on the surface but also on the inside. The ability to observe people around him and not be easily deterred. In reverse, Shunsuke is never cool. He doesn’t really show emotion on the surface but he is certainly someone with lots of passion. Therefore at first when he comes on set he is very quiet, but when needed he will open up and tighten the atmosphere.
I think Shunsuke was fully able to gain a firm grasp of Kouya’s character and around the second half of the drama (series) he increased his presence a lot. Especially in the last episode. The love that Kyoya had for the host club was seen through Shunsuke who has taken great care in the character of Kyoya.
During the (filming of the) drama I was able to talk a lot with Shunsuke about his character but I felt we didn’t have much chance during the movie. Most likely because I felt that he did a great job as Kyoya in the drama and I thought I’d leave it to him in the movie. I wanted to see Shunsuke’s Kyoya; I wanted you guys to see Shunsuke’s Kyoya.
Everyone please go to the movie theatre and take a look at the genuine Kyoya. Even for an instant you should be able to see a kakkoii and uruwashii* Kyoya. *uruwashii: beautiful ~ like what the himes say about the host club members
I finally finished writing. I worry that I might not be able to wake up … It’s frowned on for directors to be late for the stage greeting (-｡-;
Writing the inside scoop I think anew that I am blessed with the encounter of Ouran, especially the cast who I think in one word is a miracle. That no one else but them can play these characters. We will try are best to be hospitable on screen so please come visit ☆
PS: On set Shunsuke often reread the manga, and secretly practiced alone. Especially in episode 3, he kept practicing the ballroom dancing steps during break time. In the shadows. This is where he’s so much like Kyoya, a hard worker. I think it’s cute (^^)