Kim Myung-min takes a Method approach to weight loss
Geez Louise, if Kim Myung-min pulls this off, I will have mad respect for him. Or at least, even more.
The Beethoven Virus actor plays a man suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease in his upcoming movie with Ha Ji-won, My Love By My Side. And to portray his character’s gradual decline, Kim will be losing weight — matching his own weight loss as they film to parallel the character’s declining health.
The disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ASL), destroys motor neurons and is usually fatal; the patient loses gradual control over his ability to move, leading to muscle atrophy, although the brain usually remains active.
Lots of actors lose (or gain) weight for roles, but they usually do so well in advance. Also, filming usually occurs out of order with the movie’s chronology (production will shoot scenes to maximize efficiency rather than in page number order). Here, however, he takes the term Method acting to new levels: Kim is currently gaining weight in preparation, and once they’ve begun shooting, he will gradually lose weight to correspond to his worsening condition. (THAT IS INSANE.) Those around the actor say he is completely immersed in his role, and a little concerned that Kim may take his focus too far.
The movie will start filming in February. Barring health concerns, I’m really looking forward to seeing Kim pull this off. (I have never been gladder that Kwon Sang-woo dropped out of this!)