Actor Lee Byung-Hun of “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and “Terminator: Genisys” fame, will be the first Korean to present an Oscar award at the 88th Academy Awards. His agency, BH Entertainment, announced this on Saturday.
“Lee is very much honoured to be invited to such a prestigious awarding ceremony,” the agency said as reported by K-Pop Herald. However, the content Lee will be presenting isn’t known yet.
US Embassy Seoul also congratulated the actor on Twitter. “Congrats to Lee Byung-hun for being the first Korean actor to be invited to present an award at @TheAcademy Awards!”
According to NBC News, Lee will be one of two Korean stars expected to appear at the Oscars ceremony. One of this year’s Best Original Song nominees, “Simple Song #3,” was performed by Korean opera singer Sumi Jo.
The popular South Korean actor is famous for appearing in movies like “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Red 2” and “Terminator Genisys.” He is most well-known for appearing beside Bruce Willis in “Red 2” and for playing the T-1000 Terminator in “Terminator: Genisys” opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, a role made famous by actor Robert Patrick in James Cameron’s 1991 hit, “Terminator 2: Judgement Day.”
Lee is also set to appear in other Hollywood projects that include “Misconduct,” which also stars Josh Duhamel, Julia Stiles, Al Pacino, among others. He will also star in Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven” later this year, a remake of the famous 1960 film “The Magnificient Seven” which is a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.”
Lee also recently starred in “Inside Men” (2015), a Korean movie about a gangster seeking revenge for being ditched by a ruthless politician, which, according to K-Pop Herald, had 10 million viewers in the Korean domestic market, despite being rated R.
Lee was also one of the first Korean actors to leave his hand and foot prints outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, in 2012.
The 88th Academy Awards, to be held on February 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California this year, has been heavily criticised by many for the lack of racial diversity among its nominees.