I translated Sho's interview in Anan 2018.04.18 no. 2098. Sho talks about "Laplace's Witch", his attitude as an actor on set, and his pet peeves. I think we probably all share his biggest pet peeve!
Please let me know if I've made any mistakes!
"Laplace's Witch", the movie Sakurai Sho-san stars in, will be released on the 4th of May . Directed by Miike Takashi, the film is based on the best-selling novel by Higashino Keigo. Sakurai-san plays the role of a university professor named Aoe Shusuke, who investigates two mysterious murders at a hot spring.
"The story involves foreseeing the future, and it became an incredibly large-scale production, even more than I first thought it would be, which is typical of the director, Miike. Aoe plays the role of a storyteller, and since there aren't really any flashy action scenes, there might not be an actual climax for me in the movie (laughs)."
Throughout Sakurai-san's humorous response, we can get a glimpse of his sense of responsibility in trying to carry out his role as the lead. Yet his bewilderment as to whether he clearly expresses that is typical of Sakurai-san's aesthetic sense.
"How do I behave, as the lead? There are probably some specific things I do. I view each and every project as different. In this film, Aoe seems to exist as the centre of the story. If Aoe was a character who goes all over the place, then whenever he is with someone, the story will get muddled and it will be difficult to understand, so I tried not to be influenced by others. Basically, as the main character, I want to be consistent, and not be influenced by my mental or physical condition on the day we shoot a scene. But the reason for that is not just because I'm the lead, it's my fundamental minimum level of behaviour when I have the privilege of working as an actor several times a year. Behaving as a lead… is that about supplying catering during filming (laughs)? They'll be happy to have a warm meal. Perhaps it's about building the situation where we all eat together with staff?"
Regardless of gender, it is crucial to have similar values.
Do you have any pet peeves regarding manners in your private life?
"My biggest pet peeve is when people try to board trains and elevators before letting people alight."
What about women who are overly familiar with you from the time you first meet them?
"No, on the contrary I'm grateful that it happens at my age."
Perhaps you're a lenient person regarding manners?
"No, I'm the type of person who has a lot of pet peeves (laughs). Everyone has their own way of thinking, and I think both men and women can't stand being with people who don't share their values. When I had the privilege of working with Ikegami Akira-san, we talked about the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He said that back then, rubbish would be left even inside trains, and some people would walk around town topless. But because we hadn't decided that those were bad things, it wasn't bad manners to do that. Like that, it's because table manners have been established that they're easy to understand, right? The expression "my pet peeves" makes it easy to point them out."
Since etiquette changes depending on the time period and situation, Sakurai-san exclaims, "Etiquette is difficult!" However, people who are alighting from trains and elevators come first! Many people probably agree with that.