Squid Game had a bunch of people prank calling a real phone number. Netflix has a history-making series in the books — with 111 million fans worldwide, recently becoming the most-watched series in Netflix history. However, for one insanely unfortunate person out there, that means their phone line was flooded with people in the mood for prank calls. Instead of Seong Gi-hun getting a hold of those digits, it was people from all around the world.
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— Netflix (@netflix) October 12, 2021
The Korean series’ overt anti-capitalist commentary, all-star cast, and heightened shock value has become the topic of nearly everyone’s conversation. Out of sheer curiosity and utter immersion in the show’s storyline, people called, texted, and sent photos to a very real phone number that was not exclusive to the show. It does exist and the “owner” says he can’t continue with his normal life due to endless calls, both day and night.
According to The Korea Times, the person in question hails from Gyeonggi Province and said he’s currently getting about 4,000 calls a day since the TV series premiered. At first, he told the South China Morning Post that there was a reason to believe that these were spam calls. Later on, he became aware of the larger phenomenon. A bunch of kids alleged that they wanted to “be in the game.” Unfortunately, such messages are probably not welcome at 1AM.
The man spoke to MBC, a Korean news channel, saying that he didn’t want to change his number, as he has used it for a decade and it is linked to his business. Netflix is said to be discussing the issue with the owner of the phone number and working towards a solution. Interestingly enough, OSEN has received official word from the Squid Game production staff that they had permission before airing the episode. Netflix has altered the scenes now and removed the number from the card.
Again, these prank calls have solely to do with the Netflix series’ sweeping success. When asked about a second season in an interview with Variety, director Hwang Dong-hyuk said, “I don’t have well-developed plans for ‘Squid Game 2,” he continues, “It is quite tiring just thinking about it. But if I were to do it, I would certainly not do it alone. I’d consider using a writers’ room and would want multiple experienced directors.”
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