As previously announced, the currently enlisted Jae Hee (Delightful Girl Chun Hyang) was granted special leave from military service upon completing his first 100 days of active duty.
(His uniform reads “Lee Hyun-kyoon,” his real name; he took on the stage name of Jae Hee to be more memorable than his birth name, which is perfectly normal but perhaps rather common-sounding for an entertainer. This is just FYI, in case you were wondering what kind of last name “Jae” is — it isn’t one.)
The actor took the opportunity to make his official bow promoting his new movie, the thriller Mandate: Mission from God. The press conference took place on the afternoon of November 2 at Seoul’s Coex theater.
He revealed that while he’s been in training, he craves ramen the most, since he can’t get any where he is. Also:
“I’ve thought of my mother the most… Since I’ve come to the army, I’ve gotten a lot of handwritten letters from fans, which is great. There isn’t much to do in my off hours, so I read the fan letters, which are very comforting. I learn what’s going on outside and get news that way, and it puts my mind at ease to think that I’m not being forgotten by my fans.”
Asked for his plans for this break, he answered, “I miss seeing movies, and after I see my mother tomorrow, I plan to go see a movie with my friends.”
Regarding his new army comrades, he revealed that he gets quite a few joking (but I bet half-serious!) requests for introductions to female stars, as well as questions of which celebrities are the prettiest. He contends that he doesn’t get any special privileges as a celebrity, however, and this one-night, two-day leave is reportedly not related to his status as an entertainer.
Here, Jae Hee fiddles with the camera, testing it out on himself before interviewing the movie’s director, Park Hee-joon:
- Out of the army to promote mandate
- Bye (again, and for real)
- Jae Hee’s Mandate
- So long, Jae Hee
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