A South Korean woman’s phone is ringing off the hook since her phone number is featured in the hit Netflix series Squid Game. She may get a break soon. Netflix agrees to edit the ‘Squid Game’ phone number scene after a woman receives prank calls.
The Reuters news agency on Wednesday quotes, Netflix saying ” we are working to resolve this matter, including editing scenes with phone numbers where necessary.” Netflix requests fans of the show to stop pranking the woman. Local broadcaster SBS aired an interview last month with the owner of the phone number. She identifies as Kim Gil-young, a woman. She runs a business in the southeastern county of Seongju.
The last eight digits of the real-life woman’s phone number are on an invitation card. The Game includes giving invitation cards to potential players in the “Squid Game,”. It involves cash-strap contestants competing in a series of simple challenges. Failure in any of the challenges, or any apparent infraction of the rules, results in death.
The South Korean Film Council offers movie production companies phone numbers that aren’t in use to show on screen, says Reuters. Streaming shows don’t have access to the service. The news agency says Netflix and Siren have previously explained that when they made “Squid Game,” they only showed the final eight digits of the cell phone number. They were unaware. If those last eight digits are dialed within the country, the phone system automatically adds the missing initial digits, or prefix, to complete the call.
Kim says she cannot just change her phone number because of clients. Reuters, reports Kim, has declined an offer from the “Squid Game” makers of about $840 in compensation for her trouble. Reuters says both Netflix and Siren Pictures did not comment on any such offers.
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