Jung takes a beating for Iljimae
21-year-old Jung Il-woo has a lot on his shoulders, leading MBC’s Return of Iljimae after Lee Junki saw his SBS version meet with such success. To this end, Jung is throwing himself into his action role — enough to startle crew members with his level of commitment — and getting bruised and battered on a daily basis.
Jung has worked past the minor scrapes and scratches, but now he’s even ignoring the potentially more serious ones: a source with the production says Jung reportedly gave his ankle a serious sprain, sending him to the hospital: “He was told to absolutely keep off it after filming, and to rest and take massages, but the next day he was right back, eager to film.”
Jung said, “If I rest even a day, the filming is just delayed more, so even lying down is a pain. I’m young, so I’ll heal quickly.”
His management, naturally, is a little more concerned for their star’s well-being (and earning power): “I hope he’ll take more care of his body while filming, and I’m worried he’ll push himself too far.” However, there were words of praise for Jung’s recent maturation: “Il-woo has changed tremendously. I’ve been watching him since his debut, but I’m really startled to see that side to him as he films Return of Iljimae.”
The Return of Iljimae was recently pushed back on the MBC schedule to allow General Hospital 2 to air first. No clear reason was given, but whatever it may be, I think the delay may be good for the drama if it gives them more time to polish their series.
The drama follows General Hospital 2 on Wednesdays and Thursdays in January.
Via Star News