From giving tours as a page at NBC’s 30 Rock to becoming one of the darlings of this Emmy season, Beef’s multiple nominee Lee Sung Jin is riding high. His Netflix Limited Series, Beef scored an impressive 13 nominations overall including three for Lee Sung Jin in the writing, directing, and as a producer in the Limited Series or Anthology category. As the creator of this innovative, not easily categorized, 10 part series he certainly knows how to hit a nerve. The show sets up a road rage conflict between characters played by Emmy nominees Steven Yeun and Ali Wong, starts at high speed in their initial confrontation and never lets up from there. It actually spawned from a real life road encounter its creator had with another driver, but not quite as intense as what he eventually turned into this much talked-about series.
Lee Sung Jin joins me for this edition of my Deadline video series, Behind The Lens to talk about Beef, how he balanced the comedy and drama, the casting that has brought Emmy nominations to no less than five of his actors, what it is like being a first time showrunner and a first time director (landing one of those Emmy noms for his first-ever turn behind the camera), the various themes of the series, its importance to the Asian community, working with A24 its studio, and whether there can be another BEEF series in the future. He also talks about his background in TV working on sitcoms like 2 Broke Girls, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Silicon Valley, Tuca & Bertie and more.
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