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Chun Jung-myung to take on his first sageuk?

Everyone’s favorite baby-faced man-boy Chun Jung-myung (Cinderella’s Sister, What’s Up Fox) is looking at his next project…a sageuk? Historical dramas aren’t his usual fare, but it’d be his first, so I’m all for uncharted waters. Thankfully, it’s a fusion sageuk, so there’s bound to be enough cheekiness to go around.

The drama is MBC’s upcoming [짝패] meaning “pair, duo, companion” a la The Marx Brothers, or Bonnie and Clyde. Until they come up with an official English title, I’m going with The Duo. Hm. Sounds like a Western, huh?

The fusion sageuk is a Joseon-era tale of two men, one born noble and the other born a slave…who get switched at birth and live each other’s lives. Has potential, depending of course on how far off the deep end they go with the melodramatics. I enjoyed this basic setup in East of Eden, for instance. That is…until they beat that dead horse into a pulp, fed it to a NEW horse, then beat THAT one till it died.

If cast, Chun Jung-myung would play the character of noble birth, living as a slave. PD Im Tae-woo (Air City) was careful to say that nothing has been finalized, especially on the heels of the rumor that Han He-jin (Jejoongwon, Terroir) would star as the love interest for both men, which got squashed.

I don’t know if babyface is going to pull off looking anything other than…baby-faced in sageuk garb, but I have faith that he’s got the acting chops to pull it off. I just hope they don’t make him in any way whiny or pathetic, as his Cinderella’s Sister character still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Personally, I’m in the mood for something different, so perhaps this’ll shape up to be a nice change of pace in 2011.

The Duo is set to follow Birdie Buddy, which is set to follow Queen of Reversals. Except Queen of Reversals refuses to end. Hey, you’re holding up the line!

Via Star News

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I am eagerly waiting to see the mentioned baby-face in historical korean clothings. his acting ability, despite the baby-face feature, was approved by his role in Fashion 70s. But i am tired of this repetetive theme of one growing up as the other.

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CJM? yum! totally watching baby-faced, whatever his next project is gonna be :D

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Well, his first scenes in What's Up Fox?, where he had a beard and mustache, took away his baby face. But I have to say, the picture above of him with a cigarette looks awful.

Not sure how a duo relates to the Marx Brothers, of whom there were four . . .

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hi there gf thanks for the information, it looks good and the last line cracked me up.......seriously they shoudn't drag QOR. I am actually looking forward to seeing Uee act, she seems sweet...so I want to give her a chance

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oh yum

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"I don’t know if babyface is going to pull off looking anything other than…baby-faced in sageuk garb, but I have faith that he’s got the acting chops to pull it off."

I have faith in him (and the wonder of make up and costumes xD) He's got the acting chops too. I mean, weren't we all a bit skeptical when adorable babyface Yoo Ah-In was casted as the beastly Jae Shin? I don't even need to explain what happened 7 months later LOL

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I had the exact same thought.

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Yoo Ah In was rumored to consider this project earlier. Jung Il Woo's name was also mentioned. Now Chun Jung Myung!!!!!!!!!!!! If any two of these boys become bros here, I'm in for sageuk for the rest of 2011

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oooh really interesting

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oh yesh yeah!! CAST BEASTLY YOO AH IN PLEASE!! next to CJM? HEAVEN beholds.

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Yaaah!! There will be "SUPER HEAVAN" beholds.

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Meeee tooooooooo!!!! OMG!!!! SWOOOOOOOON

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PD is Air City's?? Not really promising, hmm..

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i still remember the unkempt facial hair he had in What's Up Fox after fulfilling his military duties. While I agree fashionable stubble can make some men look rather charismatic I certainly did not get that sexy vibe from him in that role - he looked more like a grubby hobo but cute nonetheless :) I'm sure at some point when they need his character to grow, they may need to create a more mature look to suit his character development and I PRAY the sageuk will not insist on him wearing some unsightly beard, goatee or excessive facial hair elsewhere just to add a few more years to his babyface. He's perfect as he is and with his acting talents, he doesn't need all this gimmicky accessories to play the part :)

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I totally agree!

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Yes, I agree on both points (grubby hobo effect and PLEASE keep CJM clean-cut for this). I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will indeed be a fusion sageuk, therefore intended more for younger audiences (I always thought straight-up saegeuks were more for older folks, aren't they?), therefore they will take into account that we want our leads looking hot, not decked out in full facial hair.

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interesting, would definitely want to watch chun jung myung in this. switched at birth, eh? how about some bromance angst between the nobleman and slave? that'd be some twist!

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CJM! I'm missing you!

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ooohhh! the long wait!

I agree... "Except Queen of Reversals refuses to end. Hey, you’re holding up the line!"

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ooh can't wait!

i miss PIE!

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OMG. I love him in CS. im looking forward for the drama.

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I love CJM no matter what!!!

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<3 him! So glad he's doing another drama. I dislike that Cosmo shoot. Horrible. He doesn't look hot (I dislike smokers); he looks like he just tried smoking for the first time or he's sick with lung cancer.

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Drop that cig, boyyyy.

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i can't wait for this! CJM's new lead role! 2010 please come already!!

we will see if CJM is born to play sageuk roles. depending on his performance he might get praised or criticized. it takes more than acting chops to properly portray a sageuk role. i hope he'll have some proper voice training for this.

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I'm all for some sageuk PIE YUM YUM
The man needs a challenging role for sure. But, heck, I wouldn't mind him in Noh Hee Kyung's drama, either. She'd definitely give him something meaty. Either way, BRING BACK THE PIE! :D

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OMO!!! It's always exciting when your imaginary husband has new work. But I was JUST wishing, like yesterday, that he'd sign on for a new drama, and that it should be a sageuk, but not one of those super-long, super-serious sageuks where he'll have to wear facial hair. And now I hear he's doing a fusion sageuk!?!?
Fusion sageuk seems like kind of a small genre, but all the ones I've seen are quite awesome (SKKS, Tamna, Return of Iljimae, Hong Gil Dong) so just hearing the words gives me lots of hope. I can't wait for more news on this. And I CAN'T WAIT to see CJM on the small screen again!!!!!!!

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sounds i've got something to look forward to...wonder who'll they cast as the other guy?...

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The baby face will soon go away if he keeps up the smoking. Even if it is for Cosmo.

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He smokes in real life too. But it's not like in a million years I'd be getting close enough to him to even smell it, so it's all fine for me lol

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I loved him in the first four episodes of Cinderella's Sister! After that I'll reverse my comments.

I'm curious as to what they'll wring out of this set-up because it seems like a tired one to me. Either way I am always up to being surprised and always, always up for one of CJM's smiles.

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PIE! I love PIE! Historical PIE is an Awesome idea!

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Babyface! Hah, love that nickname!

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Anything with CJM in it would be a delight to watch.

Looking forward to it, 101%.

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I'm all for Chun Jung Myung, always nice to see fresh players in saeguk, be it fusion or not. There's always first time for everyone, right. So I'll give him a chance.

The problem is Han Hye Jin for me. She's an excellent actress in TV drama. But isn't she did enough saeguks for now, with Jumong & Jejongwon? She did great jobs in both, but isn't 3 historical series in 4-5 years a bit too much? There are still many actresses I want them to try saeguk.

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Too bad MBC can't skip Birdie Buddy and get straight to The Duo.

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isn't her name Han Hye-jin?

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