‘Parasite’ star Park So-dam’s Oscar award was mistaken for weapon at airport
Following Parasite‘s historic win at the Oscars, cast members of the South Korean thriller including actress Park So-dam were making their way home with their four Oscar statues.
During a segment on entertainment show Ask Us Anything, Park reveals they encountered a hiccup along the way with airport security.
“We were nervous about the idea of shipping the trophies home [to South Korea]. How could we send them by mail when the trophies might break? So we put each one in a separate suitcase after wrapping them really carefully with tons of bubble wrap, ” she recalls (translation by soompi.com).
Things took an interesting turn when the extra wrapping ended up raising some red flags with the authorities instead.
“Each trophy weighs about 6kgs so they’re really heavy. And because they’re made of metal and we had bundled them up so carefully in so much material, (security at the airport) mistook them for weapons.
“We wrapped them in so much stuff, and since they were long and heavy, we got stopped at the airport.”
Thankfully, after finding out that they were indeed Oscar statues, security sent them on their jolly way.
On Feb 9, Parasite made history for being the first non-English film to win Best Picture.
It also picked up three other awards Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film.