For years, rumors have circulated about Joe Odagiri, Kamen Rider Kuuga, and his reported negative feelings on towards the show. While on King’s Brunch, a late morning and afternoon news talk show on the Japanese channel TBS, he was questioned about his role on Kuuga and finally revealed his true opinion.
Transcript from episode that aired April 26th:
Odagiri: I really hated it while doing it back then.
Interviewer: You hated it?!
Odagiri: Yeah. It was not a project I liked but still had passed the audition. I really didn’t know what to do. It was either giving up acting by leaving my agency or just hang in there and do it. Those were the only options I had.
Interviewer: While doing Kuuga, right?
Odagiri: Yes. However, the producer, who is a very interesting and funny person, said that they wanted to “destroy the image that Kamen Rider had until then”. I then thought that was something I was good at. And I guess that became my motivation.
Source: Kings Brunch, TBS. Aired April 26th.