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Musical actress Park Hae-mi joins Daemul
by | July 14, 2010 | 14 Comments

I’m not particularly excited by this casting news itself, but it’s good to know that reports are starting to come out again on the Daemul project (finally!). Park Hae-mi joins the manhwa-adapted drama series, which has already scored two big names (and spot-on castings, imo) in Go Hyun-jung as a female president and Kwon Sang-woo as a gigolo.

It’s nice to know movement is being made on Daemul, especially after the rocky road it has traveled so far. (A refresher: Daemul was announced two years ago to quite some buzz. Lee Young-ae was courted, but she declined and Go Hyun-jung signed on. The directors changed. Projected broadcast dates were pushed back. SBS left it off the schedule entirely, then dropped it. Lead stars Go and Kwon waited around while contractually obligated to Daemul, and were prevented from picking other projects. Finally they were let go. Go did Seon-deok to great acclaim. Kwon did Cinderella Man to much less acclaim. Producers sued the stars, in my opinion using them as scapegoats, saying that they weren’t actually let go and their unavailability caused the project to tank. They made up, and re-signed both actors. Project was in talks with MBC, but was re-claimed by SBS.)

Phew.

Normally this would make me think, It’s not worth all this hassle. Sigh. Just let go and kill the project. But Daemul sounds like a great story and has the potential to be intriguing, especially with its two leads. (This is an example where I think Kwon picked well.)

As for Park Hae-mi, she plays a politician in this drama. Park is a musical actress and producer who came to mainstream popularity with the family sitcom Unstoppable High Kick, playing Jung Il-woo’s mother. More recently, she played Lee Min-ho’s mother in Personal Taste, and she’s currently acting in the musical production Kiss & Make Up, which is the first original production of her company, Hae-mi Musical Company.

Daemul will be a Wednesday-Thursday drama premiering on October 6.

Via Now News

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14 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Nokcha

    A bit of type-casting for Kwon? Anyway, does sound interesting, but what’s hot moves so quickly in Korea, wonder if the script is still relevant given that it’s two years old.

  2. Kristal

    You lost me at Kwon Sang Woo…
    That guys gives me the heebie jeebies.

  3. Your Sassy Friend

    WHOA. O_o

    Did not know all that was going on behind Daemul.

    I am anticipating this so much!

  4. dannaluk

    yay!…im looking forward to this…liek you say i think kwon sang woo chose well here…after a long time….cnt wait!!

  5. bo bae

    When Lee Young Ae turns down a project, it seems the production company always seek Go Hyun Jung. I remembered Lee Young Ae turned down Seok Duk, and the role was offered to Go Hyun Jung. Of course, Go did a brillant job in Queen Seok Duk.

  6. diadda

    The name of this drama kept sticking in my head(“You must watch Daemul!!”) and I couldn’t for the life of me remember why…Thanks to your article I now recall.

    Kwan Sang Woo is in it! Something else to watch in october! Thanks for the info.

  7. ockoala

    Every single time I read the words “Kwon Sang Woo as a gigolo” I just burst out laughing so hard I give myself a hernia.

    I’m sorry – that’s just too perfect. It’s not typecasting since he’s never played a gigole before. More like dream casting. :-P

    I, however, am intensely curious and tingly about Go Hyun Jung as a female Korean president. Woo Hoo for Mishil ruling a country! Legally, this time.

  8. pabo ceo reom

    You know what? I’m for it too.

    I can’t consider myself a fan of Kwon Sang-woo but him acting as a gigolo is just too intriguing to pass up.

  9. Nokcha

    ockoala –

    It’s not typecasting since he’s never played a gigole before. More like dream casting. :-P

    Thanks for the clarification! I was thinking typecasting was a role that was similar to an actor’s real personality, character trait, or profession – or past profession.

    Whatever, a gigolo is a very suitable role for him….I find him pretty greasy.

  10. 10 coollady

    i’m just glad the two actors are back to do this drama, which sounds quite intriguing and exciting. Kwon Sang Woo is not the best actor out there, but given the right material, i think he’ll do well…and this role sounds perfect for him! and him with Go Hyun Jung is even better…she’s sure to act her heart out as a female Korean president…i couldn’t have imagined anyone more suited for such a strong, dominating role.
    here’s crossing my fingers that this drama turns out great!

  11. 11 jons

    yay! i’m excited for this drama. sad like bad guy though. rough beginnings, production wise.

  12. 12 seirrah

    Yay! Kwon Sang Woo and Go Hyun Jung.. Im up for it.

  13. 13 Belva

    Same here, Kwon Sang Woo and Go Hyun Jung makes it a must watch for me.
    Looking forward to it!

  14. 14 epyc

    I don’t feel any excitment about this drama but have to say Park Hae-mi left me a big impression in Dear Heaven.

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