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Bad Guy cast gives interviews on open set day

Bad Guy is finally returning this week, and to whet your appetites, here’s a collection of mini-interviews with the cast. They were given two weeks ago on the drama’s open set day, June 14, at the filming location in Yongin.

We won’t yet know if the World Cup interrupted Bad Guy‘s ratings run irreparably, but one glass-half-full way to take it is that it gave the production some extra time to film without pressure. Two weeks ago at the time of these interviews, the drama was filming episodes 7 and 8 (episodes 6 and 7 air this week).

Let’s start with series star Kim Nam-gil, portraying the titular bad guy:

Kim Nam-gil admitted that this has been his most difficult drama, acting-wise, which is probably because it’s his first leading drama role — he now has to regulate his performances to click with each cast member, and it’s a lot more work than stealing scenes in the supporting cast.

As a 29-year-old, Kim feels the age difference enough to comfortably call co-star Oh Yeon-soo, who plays Tae-ra, “noona.” On the other hand, he generally calls Han Ga-in by her name. (He’s 29, Oh is 38. Han is 28, Kim Jae-wook is 27, Jung So-min is 21.) Kim explained, “I’m a year older than Ga-in-sshi so sometimes I call her ‘Ga-in-ah,’ but most of the time it’s ‘Ga-in-sshi.'”

The reason is that while they’re of a similar age (which would allow them for friendly address), he usually calls married co-stars “sshi” because it’s a little more polite. (It adds a little bit more distance.) In Queen Seon-deok, he likewise called co-star Lee Yo-won “Yo-won-sshi.”

Kim also copped to being incredibly nervous when it was time for his kiss scene with Oh Yeon-soo in an upcoming episode; when the director gave the notice that they were going to shoot that scene, he had to calm himself down for five minutes. He was sweating, “But Yeon-soo noona took the lead and the shoot went fine.”

The kiss is reportedly pretty racy, and Kim said, “Actually, I thought it would be good if it were steamy. I wanted to give this married woman with a child and a family a dangerous fantasy, or even a vicarious sense of satisfaction.”

The Gun-wook character seems to have seeped into his mannerisms while off-duty, as he related the following story: “I watched the World Cup match quietly with my family at home, and when the first goal went in, the roar around me was like a battlefield. In the past, I would have shouted too, but this time I just clapped. When the second goal was scored, instead of getting all worked up, I had a calm demeanor. And I said quietly, in Gun-wook’s way of speaking, ‘We’ll be going to the Round of 16.’ [Laughs]”

Regarding ratings: “Ratings are given from heaven,” meaning it’s not something a person can do anything to achieve. He said of competitor Baker King Kim Tak-gu, “Sure I’d like for our ratings to be higher, but when I watched Baker King, personally I thought it was entertaining. I don’t think it’s right to belittle another drama just because it’s competition.”

Even though Kim said that he and Han Ga-in agreed to be on “courteous terms” (keeping things professional), Han expressed a contrary statement, saying, “He jokes around a lot, but we don’t stick to formalities.” She added, “When we’re feeling down, Kim Jae-wook-sshi and I support each other. We’re comfortable enough to confide in each other.”

Han married actor Yeon Jung-hoon (East of Eden, Jejoongwon) several years ago, and was asked if he feels jealous of her handsome co-stars. Her friends even tell her, “The drama is really enjoyable to watch” with its eye candy.

She answered, “Kim Nam-gil and Kim Jae-wook are both younger than my husband, and they’re very cool. In the past he never really said much, but these days he frequently mentions visiting the set. It seems to bother him a little to hear comments like ‘Just standing together, the two of them look wonderful.’ He doesn’t really let it show that much, but I can feel it.”

Husband Yeon Jung-hoon also noted that some of her mannerisms in real life come out onscreen, particularly her “aegyo,” or her ways of acting cute or appealing. Aegyo doesn’t necessarily mean a romantic thing — in Han Ga-in’s case she refers to her character’s attempts to ingratiate herself to Madam Shin.

Kim Jae-wook demonstrates some of his Japanese fluency in recent episodes, which comes from living in Japan as a child. He came to Korea when he was 7, and actually didn’t know any Korean at the time. He still speaks Japanese with family members.

Kim became famous after taking supporting roles in Coffee Prince and Antique Bakery, and said, “In previous projects, I’ve played androgynous characters. I didn’t intend to suddenly take on a character who was different. It’s just that I’m working to express Hong Tae-sung’s inner character appropriately.”

He’s also looking pretty rail-thin in this drama, and explained that it’s because he gets sensitive (to stress) when he’s filming a project. He has lost 2 to 3 kg since beginning, because his appetite shrinks as he focuses on work, but he stated that he’s trying to take regular meals so he’s not skipping too many.

Kim also took the optimistic look at the interference of Bad Guy‘s schedule: “Because of the World Cup, we got two weeks [of time]. I think the drama can use this time to become stronger.”

Oh Yeon-soo plays the tightly wound Tae-ra, who finds herself attracted to Gun-wook, who is by now (sorta) her sister’s boyfriend. Oh expressed her own curiosity to know how the relationship between Tae-ra, Mo-nae, and Gun-wook will develop.

With the reportedly passionate kiss scene approaching, Oh explained that her two children (grades 1 and 5) go to bed before the drama airs. The younger child doesn’t know about the kiss, but the older one scoffed, “Do you think I’ve never seen you do a kiss scene?”

Oh Yeon-soo recently found herself at the center of some gossip when another actress, Park Joo-mi, made comments about turning down the Tae-ra role. Oh tweeted a few disgruntled comments and the producers leapt to her defense, asserting that Oh was always their top choice, which caused the other actress to make her official apology.

Oh clarified the intent behind her original comments, saying that she hadn’t meant to cause such a stir. She had reacted out of annoyance because she was trying to film scenes on the Bad Guy set, but all day had been bombarded by phone calls from curious people asking her how she felt about Park’s statement. She added, “I wasn’t largely bothered by it, but it came off like I was furious.”

Last but not least: Newcomer Jung So-min, who plays ingenue Mo-nae, has gotten a lot of comments on her resemblance to Yoon Eun-hye. She says that in the past, she’d been told she looks like her in the lower part of her face (around the mouth), but this is the first time she’s heard that she looks like Yoon overall. (It’s the eyes that keep her from looking too much like Yoon Eun-hye, since Jung’s eyefolds are smaller and very natural-looking. Personally, I love that she hasn’t succumbed to the rampant practice of surgically making them bigger, since I think that gives her a unique appeal among actresses.)

Jung studied dance in her childhood, which actually led her to acting: “I started acting because it was supposed to help me in my expressions in dancing, and I fell in love with it. I was preparing for my entrance exams while sneaking to the hagwon [academy] without my parents knowing. After I got into university, I told my father I was an acting major, and for a while he didn’t speak to me.”






Via Star News, Kuki News, Segye, Asia Economy, E Daily,

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loving it ... to the bad guy crew ... ratings don't matter ... just do what u do best ... and it will show at the end ... **fighting**

can't wait!!!!

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Thank you so much for this article I am enjoying the series. Thanks again.

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This may be an off-topic comment, but isn't that the house of Hwannie's family in Brillian Legacy? Lol. And Kim Nam Gil is looking mighty fine in pictures above.

Lokking forward to more bad guy episodes/recaps!

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the house looks same with seung ki's house in brilliant legancy...
kekekekkkeeekkee

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Bad Guy!!! The suspense is honestly killing me
I love all these actors! Can't wait for Episode 6 =D

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I'm still a fan of this drama, and I believe that when the World Cup ends, this will be a contingent with "Baker King." I have hopes for this drama, and critics have gave this show a relatively positive reviews. And its only been just 5 episodes, when the episodes are aired again, it'll definitely have kick in the ratings.

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Yeah, the setting looks really similar with the one Brilliant Legacy used...

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I am loving the bad guy and the crew members as well go on doing the good job ...It's the best drama ever :)

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haha i couldn't help but notice that kim jaewook's skin tone is dramatically more saturated in one of the photographs than the others. i love it when he speaks japanese! it sounds so smooth and suave. japanese (and french) are two languages i hope to master someday... mainly so i can watch and read the original versions of the miyazaki films and the little prince hehe

korea did very well in the world cup, but i must say i'm very very glad that dramas are returning this week :)

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i just dont see the resemblance with yeh...really i dont :(

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At all the people asking if its the house from Brilliant Legacy, it is. :) It's also the house they used in Time Between Dog and Wolf. Were Brilliant Legacy and TBDAW SBS dramas? Maybe they use the same house to save production costs?

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hahah does kim nam gil have to stand like that in the last two pictures so that jung so min doesn't look too short or tipey-toe?

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@oh! tht! chick!

I think the resemblance is definitely there, but only in certain angles, because while she does look similar around the mouth, she doesn't around the eyes. Maybe these will help.

Yoon Eun-hye on the left, Jung So-min on the right:

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who cares about ratings GOD i love thsi show its sooo awesomeee

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@javabeans

yaaay you replied to my post..woooohhoooooo *high fives self* *giggles and squeeeels with fan girly joy* ...ok ill stop now

hmmm you are right abt the certain angles thing but only if i look really really close....grrrh maybe im just blind :(

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Yeah, the house also in BL and CS. Famous house, I can see ^_^

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I miss the show so much and so happy that it will finally be back..I really like Jung So min..she looks so cute....

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dramabeans, how did you manage to save those pictures, when i was checking it out on the official site, it won't even let me save it! thanks now I can put them into my Bad Guy folder

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i agree with javabeans, they only look similar around the mouth. i actually had to cover up jung somin's eyes with my fingers to see the resemblance LOL

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I really dont get the rating rule in Korea
YB and CH ratings are so bad and we are crazy for it ^^;;

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Thanks for translating the interview! Love reading them.
But I just heard of the bad news that KNG will be enlisting in July 15 and they're not sue if it can be postponed?! oh gosh. I'm so worried now. Seriously hoping it will be postponed and that the quality and screen time of the drama won't get affected! Please keep us BG fans posted on this! Thanks

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yay it's going back this week! the first 5 episodes are good.. i wish to watch this in one go when it's all done already, but it's just hard not to watch now. :)

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"Ga In -ah" in my language sounds like chicken(the old ones)

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LOVE THE INTERVIEW
i hope the show doesn't fall behind the kim baker show
but hey
soccer comes once every four years
and you do your best to support your team colors
shame korea lost in the first 16
anyway
im looking forward to bad guy
its been two weeks and it seems like it has been a lot longer though
cant wait for that raunchy on air kiss

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So, Kim Nam Gil is not so excited with this year World Cup compared to previous World Cup events, only clapped not roar etc. It sounded like he was a bit concerned that if S. Korean goes into the Round of 16, then Bad Guy will be postponed again. Can someone please confirm whether my interruption is correct?

IF so, then wow! He’s honest there and yet humorous too - “And I said quietly, in Gun-wooks’ way of speaking, ‘Well be going to the Round of 16”

Loves the BG team, keep it up. It's getting better and better.

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LOL at kim nam gil splitting his legs to appear shorter next to so-min

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thank you so much with this article javabeans. hoping for more soon. more power!

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WHHOOOOO!!! =)

So finally! I can't wait to watch this drama "Bad Guy" this week after last week it had postponed because of World Cup, ugh. SO eexxxxccccciiiitttttteeeeddd! =)

Oh my! I really love all of casts of Bad Guy -- especially I really admire Kim Nam Gil, too! ^______^ I hope they will try their best and keep it up with hardworking!

*** FIGHTING!!!! *** (winks & grins)

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“Ratings are given from heaven,” meaning it’s not something a person can do anything to achieve. He said of competitor Baker King Kim Tak-gu, “Sure I’d like for our ratings to be higher, but when I watched Baker King, personally I thought it was entertaining. I don’t think it’s right to belittle another drama just because it’s competition.”

Gah...I love him more and more. =) I'm honestly enjoying both dramas.

Anyways...the actors/actresses look/sound like they're having fun. It's just too bad that timing is screwing things up. T_T

On a side note...that picture with Jo Sung Min and Kim Nam Gil hugging is awkwardly hilarious. He must have stood like that because of the height difference. LOL... makes me think of Choi Ji Woo not being able to wear heels so she wouldn't be taller than Kwon Sang Woo during Stairway to Heaven. Heh.

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Love Bad Guy to bits, Kim Nam Gil's goddamn hot with his broody gaze! *melts*

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KNG 's character in QSD and here in BG has so far been deep, elusive and HOT (of course)....I wonder what he is like in real life...
KJW really needs to gain more weight. If he does, he would be as hot as KNG in his own style..
I am pretty sure Bad Guy's ratings would recover by next week but I am really crossing my fingers that with KNG's impending military enlistment, the pressure is now on whether to shoot scenes in frenzy or take a shortcut to the end, which would be extremely unfair to us, loyal viewers....I just hope he will be granted another postponement.

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Uhh, to the person who wrote this article:

IF you are implying that YEH had went under the blade to get her eyes bigger, then you are totally wrong. She has always had HUGE eyes, and personally I prefer her over Jung so Min. YEH is prettier imo!

Bad Guy HWAITING~ despite its shortening, it can pull through being a good drama! :D

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Good lord, you make one comment about one person and people assume you were insulting the other. I wasn't saying one was prettier than the other.

Yoon Eun-hye is gorgeous. She has big eyes. Jung So-min has smaller eyes. They look like natural "classic" Korean eyes. The end.

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Thanks for the translated interview Dramabeans. Atleast now, i can understand what was being said..LOL...Anyways, I just love Bad Guy! And of course i love Kim Nam Gil and all the characters here. I think they are doing great. I'll keep supporting them in my own small ways. To the staff and crew of Bad Guy, GO-GO-GO!! Fighting!!

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come on... it's worth watching-- loop holes at the end of the could have been because of time pressure... KNG - delayed his entrance to military training because of the drama scheds... this may be the reason why the end was shortened and that the last episodes were left to the viewers to make their own conclusions...
as what i've said this is what I like with korean dramas--- the stick to their plot and do not change the course of the story just to suit the emotions of the viewers.
Great acting--- good casts--- huhuhu tragic and saddening end.

many question left unanswered----
many emotions not healed ----
everything is still a mystery--- it will always be ...

BUT STILL GREAT TO WATCH--- IT'S JUST A STORY ANYWAY....

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