Ikuta Toma while filming for the role that almost made him seriously socially withdrawn.
"I practiced martial arts for half a year."
"(While living a socially withdrawn life) I naturally began to think ‘I don’t want to see anybody today’"
"In order to have lifeless eyes [he] laid on the sofa without moving."
"(In order to stop blinking) [He] would leave his eyes open while taking showers."
"Psychologically I also became really down; it was hard."
Ishida producer’s twitter:
“‘Nou Otoko’s’ Ikuta Toma’s actor legend 1) Usually since his eyes are larger, apparently he blinks more than the average person. However during the filming he didn’t blink once. In both smokey and dry rooms he didn’t blink at all. On top of that his eyes didn’t get bloodshot either. I tip my hat off to his will-power.”