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Kim Seung-woo to drop Crime Squad

Say it ain’t so!

It looks very likely (update!) is now confirmed that Kim Seung-woo will be dropping out of his upcoming drama, KBS’s Crime Squad, despite the late date. Only a month before the show’s premiere, producers confirmed with the press that Kim has decided to leave because of personal reasons, and that it’s not because of injuries sustained during IRIS shoots.

Kim was cast as the cold, immaculate police chief to contrast with Song Il-kook’s scruffier cop character, and recently participated in the show’s poster shoots, although he hasn’t filmed anything for the drama yet. (Kim was scheduled for his first Crime Squad shoot on February 8.) I suppose it’s something of a relief for producers not to have to reshoot scenes that he might have filmed, but it’s still cutting things mighty close to lose a lead star so late in the game.

On the upside, the actor reportedly in contention who will replace Kim is one I think may do just as good a job — Lee Jong-hyuk (Chuno, Marry Me), who’s so good at being the cold bastard. He’s also once played a homicide department chief, in the 2005 movie Mr. Socrates. Now HE’s what we call a silver lining.

The 16-episode series is centered around the homicide detectives at Seoul’s Kangnam Police Station and will follow Dream High, premiering March 7.


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Via Star News

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Lee Jong-hyuk was great in Chuno, so I'd be satisfied if he got the role.

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You and me both. I was gonna check Crime Squad out anyway. But now I am DEFINITELY tuning in. He was brilliant in Chuno. The last scene, where he completely unravels in the arms of his cerebral palsy-afflicted wife, was mesmerizing.

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WHAT?!?! But I was so looking forward to him....

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Ohh my... Got interested in this cause if my ahjusshi crush. Song jihyo's casting was just a bonus. Gotta admit my interest now is cut in half (´・_・`)

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I love Lee Jong-hyuk....yay!

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Waooooo Superb. Lee Jong-hyuk is one of those actor who You can never hate, no matter how mean his character is.

If Mr. Sexy bastard is on, I am on.

I am really looking forward now.

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"Mr. Sexy bastard' indeed.

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Gosh! They could at least give Song Il Gook the leading role. ughhhhhh.

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i think he leads the drama. it seems like the plot revolves around his story.

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What!? No more Kim Seung-woo! That made me really sad until I read that Lee Jong-hyuk might be the replacement. If LJH comes into the project I'll be happy. They're both great actors. However, if it's somebody else who I don't like... I will be very, very sad. Oh please let it be Lee Jong-hyuk! You can't take away Kim Seung-woo and then replace him with some half-a**ed actor. Son Hyun-joo is in this so I'll be watching anyways, but add Lee Jong Hyuk and I'll be a happy camper!

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AAAAAAAAH!!!! Right???

Haha... I was disappointed during the 1st half of this post, because KSW was my ahjushi crush.

But the replacement is LJH so I'm: KSW... who?

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Loved your last comment.
Yeah, now that Lee Jong-hyuk is on board, I'm happy. I really like Kim Seung-woo, but I liked Lee Jong-hyuk before him so LJH taking up the drama trumps KSW dropping it. Let's just hope Crime Squad has a decent script and delivery otherwise I'm saying hello to my best friend "fast-forward" again.

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If Lee Jonghyuk does come in, then it's good. But I dunno, my interest is sliding quite a bit without Kim Seungwoo. I was so excited to see him in lead role again -_____-

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Oh my, I swear this new actor was in the that older drama called Green Rose. Didn't he play the cold bastard in there too?

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lol, yeah.

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Yeah and he was definite hotter than the lead :P.

But I'm dissapointed that KSW quit.

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Yep, he was a hot cold bastard :)

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Oh, this actor was really good at playing a cold bastard in Green Rose. Just his mere existence in that drama made my blood boil. He's probably my most hated villain and second lead of all time, and has exceeded Uhm Tae Woong's character in Delightful Girl Chun Hyang, when Uhm Tae Woong's character was my most hated villain of all time almost 5 years ago.

But seeing him in Ms Gold digger (with Han Ye Seul) assured me that he's a good actor for playing the boy-next-door neighbor in that movie.

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I really love him in Dr. Kkang. He evoked the same kind of emotions in me as Park Shi-hoo did in "Iljimae." I think it is so sad when actors only get roles similar to previous roles they have already played. Look at this guy!! Why doesn't he get a lead role? He has so much charisma, likeability, intriguing moodiness, and a touch of quirkiness which makes him wonderful! "Cold ___stard" --- NO NO NO!!!

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I remember watching Lee Jong-hyuk in Green Rose, and although I didn't really finish the series I remember seeing him and thinking "gawd, what a sexy bastard" so maybe I'll look into this!

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and damn, thats a nice picture of him.

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i like this casting much better now. Now this guy can play a cold character. I love allllllllllll his cold wicked characters hahaha

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Lee Jong-hyuk? LEE JONG-HYUK??? Excuse me while I go scream and dance around my kitchen.

I'm definitely watching this now.

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lol

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Lee Jong-HOT? 'nuff said. :D

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say it ain't so.....LMFAO...this has nothing to do with the article but the first line cracked me up so bad cuz i've been watching the JDorama, Love shuffle all weekend...say it aint so...Joe.....lol
ok back to topic at hand....Lee Jong Hyuk!!!!..cant wait

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Okay panda!

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Er, yay panda. But I seem to remember them doing all sorts of random crap with the panda. XD

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i just remember one...under your pants...no pan-da

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oh my god that's exactly what i thought too and that was /such/ a cracktastic drama. i loled the entire way through...even as they were vying for those dark undertone in the later eps.

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But... B..b..but... No Kim Seung-woo! *bottom lip juts out*

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How come no one mentions LJH's role in Rivals/Powerful Opponents?

LJH was the lead there, together with Chae Rim.

*ok, I lied, LEAD was debatable since he had equal footing vs Lee Jin Wook in that drama, but if you guys want to watch a drama with him as a non-second-lead...

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i luuurveeed him in powerful opponents!!!

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*squeaaal*

When he was pinned Young Jin to the lockers and was saying:

"Left is walkie-talkie, right is gun... left is walkie-talkie, right is gun..."

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i was just thinking about this drama..

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Oh, that's too bad! I've been watching How To Meet A Perfect Neighbor. It's the first time I've ever seen Kim Seung-woo in anything and, while I don't care much for his character, I really like him as an actor and was looking forward to this project as a result. But I trust everybody's word that Lee Jong-hyuk will be a good substitute.

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I've never really gotten all the hype around this KSW guy...I mean, Hotelier anyone? *runs*

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I didn't get it either. I think it's all about the voice. And he comes off as rather charming.

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Me neither. I guess it all comes from watching him on his earlier dramas, but I've only watched Hotelier.

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yeah....must be his earlier dramas, that I haven't watched. Lee Jong Hyuk in Spirit of Jeet Kune Do: Once Upon a Time in High School with Kwon Sang Woo. He was sooo mean, I will never forget. He sooo good.

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No problem. I like Lee Jong Hyuk more actually.

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hmm, i hope that kim seung-woo is well and sad that he's backing out of this drama.

HOWEVER, lee jong hyuk is an AWESOME replacement. i took notice of him since powerful opponents and i def think that he will do this role justice...

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There's something about Lee Jong Hyuk that I really like, despite not seeing him in very much (just Crush and Blush.) He's just got something about him. And he's sexy as all that >>

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Lee Jong Hyuk and I just screamed aloud ... now I have even more reason to watch this show!!

No rumour as to why Kim Seung -woo is backing out, but I hope he is well and that his life is good. I'd rather this be a "I've got a better project" decision than "my life has a tragedy" decision. :)

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I bet A LOT of people who weren't planning to before will be tuning in now that Lee Jong-hot is the new lead! This might turn out to be a blessing for this show.

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Lee Jong Hyuk was so great in Chuno! He should be great as a lead, although I was also looking forward to seeing Kim Seung -woo as a lead.. Oh well

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haha, i imagined in my mind that the new guy, waving to the directors saying 'Hey, I'm a great cold bastard! Chose me!!! xD'

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Lee Jong Hyuk is way better than Kim seung woo, let that actor go away, and allow to Mr. Lee Jong Hyuk make justice to this character, i am sure i am going to love him.

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Hey! Just because I like LJH too doesn't mean I'll abandon KSW. :P

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Agreeeee :)

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not that i don't love KIM, but LEE is so awesome. A huge fan. so yay!!!!!x100

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i like the drama a little bit more now.

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yay.i like Lee more in such roles.he was very good in chuno.i didn't like him him in marry me.now he can do what i always love about his roles,coldness

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YAY I like Lee Jpng-hyuk.

I only watched him in Chuno, while Jang Hyuk and Oh Ji-ho are mighty hot when they run around shirtless, coco abs, glistening sweat, Lee Jong-hyuk is hottt!! when he's just staring fierce fully at Jang Hyuk or Oh Ji-ho.

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Oh. My. God.

I wasn't this interested before, but now I'm totally checking this out! I'm in! For Lee Jong HOT.

*now I'm missing those chuno days*.

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i like kim seong woo since hotelier etc. and so sorry to hear that however jang is also one of my faves so he'll also be great for this one albeit i hated him in chuno for being the cold blooded murderer :)

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definitly Lee Jong-hyuk is a talent actor than Kim Seung-woo

I WOULD LIKE MORE WITH THIS NEW CASTS

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Why? Kim Seung Woo had to drop out? I was so excited to see his new drama and with whom - my favourite korean actor Song Il Gook and cute Song Ji Hyo! It's sad,but Lee Jong Hyuk is a definitely right choice to replace him.I remember him from brilliant Hello,God and one korean movie,where a girl was dating with 3 guys and he appeared at last part

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I'm ok with this too. He's a good actor.

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this a good drama so far , just from 3eps it has all the elemrnts of a good drama!! it has somethink for everybody!!!

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