Go Hyun-jung quits Daemul, then comes back
I don’t think I’m going to believe that SBS’s Daemul will actually make it into being until it’s finally on the air, considering the way it has been plagued with production issues.
Most recently, leading actress Go Hyun-jung, who was cast two years ago playing the nation’s first female president, clashed with the production company and was ready to leave the project. With both sides not budging, broadcaster SBS stepped in to meet with Go in a hours-long negotiation, and managed to coax her back.
Lest you think she was pulling a diva stunt, she seems to have fair cause and I wouldn’t have held it against her for leaving. The production, Yigim (Lee Kim) Productions, sounds like it’s a bit of a mess, and keep in mind that they’re the guys who sued her for supposedly wrecking the filming schedule when she joined Queen Seon-deok, after she’d waited a year for Daemul to begin and been released from her obligation. (The production had already had director switches and delayed filming at that point, so it seems they were fishing about for a scapegoat.)
According to an SBS rep, Go’s dissatisfaction stems from the various production delays and problems. The drama is within 2 months of its broadcast date and hasn’t begun filming, which is a growing worry for the actress. Daemul was supposed to begin filming at the end of last month, but shooting was then pushed back a full month. A leading female role has yet to be cast. Producers had broken the promises they’d initially made to Go when she signed on. SBS began to worry that the show wouldn’t materialize, and the rep said, “She could no longer overlook this situation, so a week ago she presented the producers with her final card: quitting.”
Yigim’s CEO also gave an interview on Wednesday (the 21st) stating that the drama would absolutely continue and denied any rumors of problems, but that glossed over the growing tensions. That day, Go expressed her frustrations to SBS, and the next day SBS arranged a “secret meeting” with her to negotiate her return.
For now, the conflict appears to be stitched up and both sides have reconciled. For now.
Via Hankook Ilbo