Although Oda and Matsushima last worked together in the 2000 movie "White Out", she revealed that they hardly had any scenes together in that movie so this time, it felt like their first collaboration rather than a reunion which was also echoed by Oda. As the cameraman, lighting and sound staff all worked together in "White Out", Matsushima said that there was a tinge of nostalgia as the production style was somewhat like that movie but with a refreshing tough. As for Oda, he revealed that he had worked with the same staff members in 5 movies so far and hoped to be able to collaborate with them again in future.
Oda revealed that when news of him taking on this drama came out, he was told by many people that he fitted the image of his character. He asked the audience if they felt the same way and got a resounding "Yes" which led him to feel embarrassed and said that he didn't actually set out to live in such a serious manner like his character. Oda also said that his acting this time was very straightforward and passionate until the extent that he had given his all so he could say that this was the No.1 most hot-blooded man he had played so far.
The director revealed that Oda had the habit of beginning his rehearsal or test take without warning which made him and the staff unable to stop him and do a retake since he was putting in his all just for a rehearsal. Upon hearing this, Oda said that he didn't know that but Matsushima and Kishitani would always go along with him during the rehearsals. Kishitani then laughed and said that Oda was always very loud during the rehearsals and they had no choice but to follow through even though he was always thinking to himself that Oda was doing it again. Although Oda protested that it was Furuya who started the ball rolling all the time, the director stated that Oda did it 80 percent of the time thus leading Oda to say that he will reflect on his behaviour and commented that he finally found out why everyone always seemed tired after the rehearsal.
Sources: Nikkansports / Oricon