It’s been a busy year for Bae Soo-bin, who has played a face-swapping cuckolded husband on a revenge mission, a devoted guard to a royal concubine, and a loser with a penchant for racy comic books. Now he travels back nearly a century to play a famed writer in a stage play, Yi Sang December 12.
Yi Sang, the pen name for the man born Kim Hae-kyung, is a celebrated writer and leading figure in Korean literary modernism and surrealism. He is considered experimental in the bridging of literary forms and styles, writing in the 1930s when Korea was under Japanese imperial rule. He died at the young age of 27 after being imprisoned by the Japanese for political reasons, in 1937. The play is being produced to commemorate his birthday 100 years ago.
The man has been interpreted and reinterpreted in numerous ways in previous works. Bae said, “I’ve always loved Yi Sang’s poetry and novels. In the past, Yi Sang has been portrayed as an unkind person in complicated, hard-to-understand movies. I hope that people will be able to understand this Yi Sang.”
Bae recently wrapped up a supporting role in MBC’s ratings hit Dong Yi, after which he promoted his revenge-makjang melodrama Angel’s Temptation in Japan, where he has held a solo fanmeeting. He recently also shot a one-act for KBS’s Drama Special, titled Go On, Say It!
The play runs from December 17 through 26 at Hwasung Art Hall.
Gah, the man lands a leading role and we won’t get to see it. I know that it’s not like Bae hasn’t been the lead actor in several projects — he’s been the primary love interest in movies like Girlfriends and Aeja — but still, somehow he’s never been a proper leading male. He was kind of a loser in those projects — though funny — and in his most appealing roles, he’s been that heart-twistingly great guy who doesn’t get the girl. Maybe Bae likes playing oddballs, but how ’bout a little fanservice? Please? Just do one boringly conventional cute rom-com, then you play all the perverts and losers your heart desires! Deal?
Via E Daily