From a sidekick to a full-fledged superhero, James Kyson Lee is loving his new avatar on Heroes. “I’ve learnt a lot on the job,” he says excitedly. His enthusiasm is understandable given that he is reliving his childhood dream of playing a superhero.
“I grew up being Spiderman and Batman,” says the Korean-born actor. The Star World series has put him on the Hollywood map, a fact confirmed by the number of flicks he’s doing.
But being famous has its flipside too. Lee says that although most fans he comes across are “friendly,” there are “some autograph seekers who can get a little aggressive and invade his privacy at times.”
Talking about a recent episode in which Lee’s character travels to Delhi, he informs that the episode was actually shot on a set in Hollywood. “But they were able to recreate the Delhi streets, complete with a bakery that sold genuine Indian sweets. “They were so good, I kept popping them even as I that I would have to pay for it,” smiles Lee.
The actor adds he would love to visit India some day. “It’s a fascinating country with a rich culture. We got a small taste of it on the show, but to be there and experience it would be amazing!” he raves.
Asked whether he’s ever watched a Bollywood flick, he says instantly, “The closest was Slumdog Millionaire. It’s one of my favourite movies of the year and was my pick for the Oscars too,” he nods. So how would he react if Bollywood ever came knocking on his door? “To be in Bollywood. Oh yeah! Are you kidding me? To do that dance, definitely! I’m all for that,” he says excitedly.
Finally, which power from the show would he want in real life? “The ability to watch something and learn it instantly. I would love to play 15 different musical instruments, especially the banjo or the fiddle — something that nobody else can play,” he says, adding with alaugh, “And then I would go to a party and rock on.”