Hwang Dong-hyuk, director of the massively popular Netflix series “Squid Game,” did not pull his punches when he clapped back at LeBron James for criticizing the show’s ending.
What happened: The 36-year-old Los Angeles Lakers star was caught on camera discussing the ending of “Squid Game” with teammate Anthony Davis after a press conference on Oct. 12, according to ESPN.
LeBron and AD discuss their thoughts on Squid Game and I briefly lose my professionalism pic.twitter.com/HWP1tHi8oK
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) October 13, 2021
- In their exchange, James said he did not like the ending of the show’s first season. He added, “I know they start it off with a Season 2 but, like, get on the f*cking flight and go see your daughter, bro. Like what are you doing?”
- In an interview with The Guardian, the 50-year-old South Korean director said James is “cool and can say whatever he wants.” However, he stated that the ending of “Squid Game” is something he would never change.
- “If he has his own ending that would satisfy him, maybe he could make his own sequel,” he continued. “I’ll check it out and maybe send him a message saying, ‘I liked your whole show, except the ending.’”
- On Tuesday, James tweeted his surprise at Hwang’s response, saying, “This can’t be real right? I hope not.”
This can’t be real right??!! I hope not 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/IGbqEvFGud
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 26, 2021
Other details: “Squid Game,” which premiered on Sept. 17, became Netflix’s biggest series launch of all time, as NextShark previously reported. The South Korean show made around $891.1 million for the streaming platform.
- Despite the financial success of the series, which was reportedly produced with a budget of $21.4 million, Hwang said he never received a bonus from Netflix.
- “I’m not that rich,” he told The Guardian. “But I do have enough. I have enough to put food on the table. And it’s not like Netflix is paying me a bonus. Netflix paid me according to the original contract.”