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Lee Jin-wook back from army duty with a photo shoot

It’s been two months since Lee Jin-wook was released from military service, and he’s now back in the public eye again (although more for his breakup with high-profile girlfriend Choi Ji-woo than his career). But perhaps he’s seeking to correct that imbalance by getting back to work; he’s in the new issue of High Cut magazine for his first photo shoot back as a civilian. Alas, it is not heavy on the ab-flashing — but we can wait for a drama for that.

(Side note: Given the recent romantic split, is it awkward or just coincidental that his shoot’s theme is “I Am Free”? On the upside, considering that the tasteless version of the “I’m single!” freedom spree could’ve taken him on a likker-and-showgirls bender, shooting a photo spread for a fashion magazine seems relatively tame.)

I get a kick out of how the press release/article frames his 15-minute prep time in a favorable light (“Most actors take 1 hour for hair and makeup, but he boasts such a perfect appearance that he only needed 15 minutes to prepare”). How much you wanna bet they just ran out of time? Oh, Korea, you and your reporting standards. When will you have some?

In any case, Lee Jin-wook is still deciding what drama project will be his comeback; if he snags one soon, it’ll be two years since his last, in 2009’s City of Glass. I think he’s still got a ways to go as a leading man, but he’s got a raw appeal when cast right and I’ve generally liked him, though not so much his projects — such as Rivals, where he played an impetuous president’s son, and Air City, where he was the devoted puppy dog to noona, co-star, and not-yet-girlfriend Choi Ji-woo.

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so, they really break up?
he looks kinda different here...maybe need to clean up a bit?

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It is different...the antithesis of his military "spit and polish" look. Guess he feels free in more ways than one.

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God..I've just finished Powerful Opponents.He was so skinny in the side view.
I hope he bulked up in the army.I hear those in the Public Service section go to the gym regularly.

On a side note I swear High Cut had Yoo Ah In doing the same pose on the chair.

Did they really break up because of the Netizen and press attention on them?That would be the 2nd break up this year citing the press.

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oh I like this look. He usually looks boyish, IMO, so I dig his current facial hair.
The close up pics are my favorite.

( not a CJW fan, so I'm kinda happy he broke up with her. sorry, shallow me :P )

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I LUUUUUUV his grey shoes!!!

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Hehe...like mommy's grandma's shoes!!

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really?!??? I'm gonna check right now in my grandma's closet!! youpiiiii......WAIT!! I don't have a grandma!!....:(

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They are so HOT I love them too. The shoes bring the whole outfit together it's a killer addition to the whole outfit...love it

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Is it just me or do his feet look freakishly small on the last picture?

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It's like his eyes are saying: "I don't know which hurts more, this arrow piercing my appendix or these ill-fitting lady shoes."

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LOL

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LoL..

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He is wearing a pair of gray shoes which is meant for grandma!!

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Because to me Cheeto's always scream "freedom!"

I always thought he was adorable, although I agree with you about not liking his projects so much. I hope he picks a good one this time around, because I'd really like to be able to sit all the way through one of his dramas.

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Do you think he has much choice? May be his noon will help me!!

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@Kender,

>>Because to me Cheeto’s always scream “freedom!”

this is about the funniest Comment i have ever read on DB. thank you!!

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I'm sad that they broke up. But it's harder when they're both in the public eye and the army separation.

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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! Lee Jin Wook!

I don't care what everyone says about Rivals.

Lee Jin Wook = WIN. (Ok, and a bit of Chae Rim too)

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so happy that one great actor has come back with all those that are gone now

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i'm kinda glad they broke up XD i know, i'm mean, but i never did like choi ji woo anyway.

lee jin wook reminds me of takenouchi yutaka. just a bit.

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I like the outfits he is wearing. I think he is able to wear them well. He is able to accentuate the clothing without the clothing being overpowering. Very well done shoot!

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I haven't seen any of his work but he was awkwardly hilarious in FAMILY OUTING! His post army-duty look is a much more manlier and scruffy.

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Does ALL Korean males have to serve the army? Even celebrities? Are there any exceptions?

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I believe they have to, except for cases in which they cannot serve due to health reasons.

Anyway, He's hooooooot :D

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Wow, he always looked very young and boyish to me, but he's looking older here - manly. I like! The scruff suits him.

Also, I've only seen him in Alone in Love (2nd lead) and Someday (lead). I LOVED him in Someday. I think he makes a great leading man.

Looking forward to his next project!

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I agree with your comment about loving him in "Someday."
He was able to handle all types of emotions in this part. He needs to be evaluated by his whole body of work. It is kind of like talking about Park Yong-ha without mentioning "A Man's Story."

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I's so sad for his demise in love. I have given so many advice to his noona for the past 2 years to marry him sighting my own experience to marry a 6 yrs younger boy but my poor dream boy has been chopped off harshly. sob.. sob..

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I'm so sad for his demise in love. I have given so many advice to his noona for the past 2 years to marry him sighting my own experience to marry a 6 yrs younger boy but my poor dream boy has been chopped off harshly. sob.. sob..

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hoot hoot! Lee Jinwook! hehe.

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He is one of my fave actors and I can't wait to see him in a new drama soon!

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OMG I've never been so excited seeing a bag of Cheetos!

Is this product placement? Because if it is, it worked on me :)

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not too sure how stabbing oneself with an arrow is considered freedom....perhaps another stab (haha pun) at CJW saying life with an arrow through you is better than being coupled?

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