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Kim Nam-gil’s army enlistment endangers Bad Guy

As if the production weren’t beleaguered enough with pre-show timeslot confusion, delayed broadcasts, and random controversies, now they may be facing a critical situation with the loss of the drama’s star, its titular bad guy Kim Nam-gil.

Kim received his papers to report for army enlistment on July 15, which is during the drama’s scheduled run. He has requested an extension, but the production faces serious obstacles if he is not granted one. Extensions are not rare, but it’s worth nothing that Kim was already given one in March, making a second one less likely.

As one measure in the event of a worst-case scenario, they will shoot all of Kim’s scenes up front, to get as much of that on film as they can. That may work for a movie, but when you’re talking about an ongoing drama series that films week to week, such a plan may prove untenable. As of right now, ten episodes have been filmed. Although the production is a few weeks ahead of schedule, the episode that airs on his enlistment date is only Episode 11 out of a total 20, and they were scheduled to wrap shooting at the end of the month.

According to Kim’s management, he has met all the conditions in his contract — if there is trouble, it is because the production delayed filming. “If he is not granted an extension, he will have to report for duty.”

Another source gave a VERY spoilery bit of info (honestly, don’t read it if you don’t want to be very spoiled), so I’ll put it in white: [SPOILER] Kim will only appear through Episode 17. The source said, “Kim Nam-gil’s character of Shim Gun-wook was always supposed to die in the middle. Therefore he will only be in it through Episode 17.” To temper that spoiler, the source added, “Just because he dies doesn’t suck out the drama’s strength. It actually makes it more shocking and gives it a real twist.” [/SPOILER]

Sigh, Bad Guy, you really can’t catch a break, can you? Let’s just hope things work out.

Via Star News, Sports Khan

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If theres a spoiler I HAVE to read it, tho i dont want to, now i read it ;_; and it sucks ;___________________;

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Owssssss...this dampen my being so excited about finally being able to watch Bad Guy back tomorrow. Hopefully he will be granted an extension...(asking the high heavens he will be). No matter what will the outcome..I will finished watching the drama. I made it thru buckets of tears with CS...with suspense of Bad Guy am not sure how will I fare...lol

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What a pity!

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oh crap, i shouldn't have read that spoiler

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i think kim nam gil's character will have an accident and then a plastic surgery happens. haha.. then Eric Moon will replace it.

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lmao why did i read the spoiler omg i think i will start crying tears of idk ahaha

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I am not a spoiler-phobe but seriously, I should not have read it.

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That's. just. awful

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OMFG after I read the spoiler I felt like the other ppl said FU**ING CRAP ... and I laughed so hard when I saw your reactions too

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Oh dear god no. This show is like my own kind of crack and KNG *makes* it for me.
I'm resisting the urge so hard to read the spoiler but from the sound of earlier comments I have an idea what it could be...

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Um, isn't he due for hernia surgery as well? Because he's likely to flunk his intake physical if he's got an active hernia problem going. Or at least he would for a US military physical. If I was his agent/the PD I'd be asking for a pre-entry physical and showing proof of a scheduled surgery. OTOH, they might just show him to the nearest desk job instead...

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My reaction: OMG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
My mom's, worried: what? what? What is it?

Go explain her I just had a mini-heart attack because of Bad Guy. *shakes head*

PS: thank you, thank you, thank you soooo much for hiding the spoilers. ILY! :)

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Now, this is just one big pile of S**T ( about the spoiler, and pardon my french ). Call me shallow, but if that happends, I will not waste my time watching it. I just can`t see how it might work.

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i hate myself for reading this spoileer!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
Really don't read it people, you will lost the will to watch the drama.
But the rumor about KNG's role is true huh? lol.

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#5 - thats a great idea, reminds me of Angel's temptation.

Bad guy seems to be jinx from the beginning and seems will be jinx to the end. I feel very sorry for Han Ga In actually.

The spoiler makes Bad Guy sounds like Chuno (same writer isnt it?). Horrid. This is one show that I was really looking forward to watch because of all the suspense in the plot.

Anyway I just like to say again that why Korean man have to enlist so late in their life? Isnt it going early makes it easier for your body and also allows for freedom to do whatever you want after? I think they should just make everyone go at a certain age like Singapore

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Awh. This is so sad. All these actors are being ripped from their productions, like lee junki. :( but I thought producers saw this coming since they started filming so early. But best of luck to him. And that was in epic spolier. Not expecting that at all.

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I'm sure they'll grant him one. I remember Gong Yoo did the same thing while he was filming "Coffee Prince." It wouldn't be "Bad Guy" anymore if the show loses the lead actor.

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He's such a black bird....but things happen, lets just hope for the best :)

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Aw, poor Bidam. Everyone's out to hurt him. :(

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@Qwenli

actually, if i remember correctly, its not that korean men have to enlist so late but that in the case of actors they choose to so that they can spend the "prime" of their acting career acting. they pretty much postpone the enlistment themselves for their career. the korean men are given a time period starting when they're 19, i guess you can say, where they enlist? something like that.

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OMG WTF NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Man, that spoiler. "Bad Guy" really can't take a break. WHYYYYYYYY?????? I mean ..it's just so unfair.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
i seriously love this drama and i will be sad if Kim Nam Gil cannot wrap it up before he enlists!

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Urg, I've wanted to watch Bad Guy so much, but it always seems to be getting screwed over. Really hope KNG gets the extension because I'm sick of the show getting put off.

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I've posted this in another forum but I'll post it here again.

29 June 2010, the most sad and worst day of my life and I'm in a terrible shock! I'm not looking forward to watching ep 6 anymore. I'd so much expectation for the success of KNG + BG. And without KNG and a fully developed high quality 20 episodes production, I honestly cant see any point in BG anymore. It has just destroyed everything for me. Poor producer Lee Hyeong Min, when had made a very risky decision casting KNG as his bad guy. But, in his movieweek interview translated by atel, he stated:
"Perhaps, if it weren't for Kim Namgil, the title for the drama would be something other than . I don't want someone else as the other than Kim Namgil." ---same here, same here, same here.

It's a pity for the BG team too.

Oh the spoiler is ridiculous - do read it. Is it true that the spoiler is the original plot? It's a really rear ending for a male character, I mean the at that time or episode. Shouldn't it be at the end?

Why does a Bad Guy has to have a bad ending? GW is bad but KNG is good why punish him, it's his first leading role drama? BG drama had suffered many storms already. If they're going to officially announce that KNG must start his military service on 15 July then this will be by far the most biggest storm and the end for me.

I'm confused though, on 30 April KNG was diagnosed with signs of hernia which require surgery. However, surgery would delay production of the drama, therefore KNG had decided for temporary medical treatment before he finished filming. Cant health issue delay compulsory military service? Or am I in LaLa Land and haven't realized that his hernia condition has been wrongly diagnosed and it was just a minor illness that there is no surgery?

Lastly, Im horrifically disappointment and heartbreaking, because after 11 years of watching dramas and movies, actor KNG is my only one true desire for his success. Anyway, at the moment, the only thing I can do, is to wish for God to bless Kim Nam Gil with a successful approval of another extension please.

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I'm glad I read the spoiler (I prefer know about it than being surprise the moment it happens). But I am so disappointed >___<
I hate it !

But I'll keep watching so show because it is so enjoyable (but still T___T)

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maybe the spoiler isn't really true, i mean it can be but the big twist has to do something with it. lol am i making sense without spoiling it for those who haven't read it?

isn't it to early for those kinds of spoilers to be coming out though?

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Man... life isn't being kind to Bad Guy, huh? All the trouble of getting a broadcast date, then repeated reschedules, and now the potential loss of its main star....

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WHATT???!!! No wayyyy..................
........No, No, No, No, No, NO, that can't be.......Did Kim Nam Gil ever leave to go to military service on July 15th without this awesome UNFINISHING drama "Bad Guy", huh?? Oh aigoo............

I am soooooo upset and disappointing about this news...............

IF it will happens, I am sure that it will able to become so, like, um.......(shook my head).....worse, you know......that if they replace Kim Nam Gil to other male actors, that's VERY sad --- How unfortunate. Honestly, I really really REALLY enjoy watching Kim Nam Gil as a leading male in Bad Guy drama to made me so exciting, of course. Ahh, I think that it's easier for Kim Nam Gil to try to complete this drama "Bad Guy" and going to military service for 2 years, you know.......better THAN cutting during working in the set of Bad Guy.

Oh, anyway, I am sure that we HOPE that you all will make certain if thing will become well, hopefully so!!

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I've put this drama on my to watch list just because of Kim Nam Gil. I may be superficial because from what I've heard this drama is really good, BUT if Kim Nam Gil diappears from the drama I don't know if I will be that tempted to watch it.
:(

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Oh noes......some of the gals might get sad :(((((( @hjkomo? @mookie? Some of us might miss his "pornstache"....ottoke, military service is mandator....

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can't the korean military give Kim Nam Gil a break. For god sake, he is in the
middle of filming Bad Guy. When He is finishing filming this series, then he
can join the army. what difference is one less person joining the army at this
time. Please allow him to finish film.

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I already prepared to accept the spoiler but it's too shocking for me after knowing it, haha. If it's really true, can't wait to know what will happened for 3 episodes left without him

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@27 Lucy

That's what I was wondering too... maybe the drama will go the way of the spoiler but maybe something else might happen? I can't comprehend how the family will really learn anything or get torn apart if our favorite bad guy is there to demolish them... O_o

Anyways I hope KNG gets an extension!! I would hate for the show to get canceled. T_T

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correction: *is not there to demolish them*

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@32 Like, NO. They didn't allow Lee Jun Ki (who's a bigger star than KNG) to postpone even though he was in the middle of filming a movie and was supposed to be the Korean ambassador to the Shanghai expo. I think the Korean armed forces doesn't want to give the impression that actors get special treatment because of their schedules, hence when they're ordered to enlist on a particular day they really have to comply, no exceptions just because they're filming or whatnot.

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Yessssssssssssssssssss loved the spoiler he is mean to Kim Jae Wook he deserves it

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ughhhhh..this does suck...remember hw originally I am legend was supposed to take BG's place in this timeslot....and that too after it began shooting?...all i can say is that its a good thing that didnt happen cus then it would have been even worse once this came along....BG sure has had some terrible luck and timing issues...and abt that spoiler....WTF!...I ws already half inclined to drop ths drama...the only thing that kept me going ws the beautiful cast and the beautiful way it is shot....i'm really not that captivated by the story and I dont find the writing that phenomenal...so this has definitely killed all my leftover motivation...i mean i could still live with that (what's said in that spoiler)..if it really were to keep me shocked and thrilled as the source says it would.....bt i dont think i will be....its too bad cuz i really wanted to watch KNG's last project before he left

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That spoiler kinda ruined my day. I shouldn't have read it. I just hope it turns out to be a bad joke because he doesn't deserve THAT!

Still... Bad Guy is a great series. Hopefully everything will work out.

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sigh. I waited hours...
and then i read the spoiler.
DB, you're responsible if I break down!
WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?! lol.

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OMG major spoiler! Why would he say that lol

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POOR KIM NAM GIL!!!! :( :( :(

Sigh. Nothing more.

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WHY DID I READ THAT SPOILER!?!?! FML!

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THIS IS SO ANNOYING! I hope he doesn't have to leave before they are done filming his parts. *prays for extension*

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i have no regret reading the spoiler. it has kept me thinking what will happen after that serious event. but i hope the military will give him an extension because rushing all the shoot will get Kim Nam Gil in bad shape (in terms of health).

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@momosan,

Yup, he has hernia. In fact, he really shouldn't be doing a TV show right now given his case. But . . .

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OH sucks.. for the spoilers``JI & GW shipper :(
this drama is full of obstacles.. !!

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What.... The.... HELL?!?!?!?! Crosses all cross-able limps and prays to the Big Guy for help... Some divine intervention would be nice right now...

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BG is such an interesting drama and I like KMG....great actor....

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This news makes me wanna cry. I am really hoping for a postpone for his enlistment ... I hope the buzz in the media helps a little with their decision making to grant him the postpone or not.
And no, I'm not gonna read the spoiler! But I've got a feeling I already know what it is -.-

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