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Me Too, Flower! loses leading man three weeks from premiere

Yiiiiikes. MBC’s upcoming romantic comedy Me Too, Flower! was already in crunch time to make its premiere, and now it’s lost its hero, Kim Jae-won, due to injury.

Kim was involved in a filming accident on October 4, during a shoot behind Seoul’s Samsung-dong Ramada Hotel that involved him riding a motorcycle. The accident dislocated Kim’s shoulder and he was rushed to the emergency room.

Kim had taken a wait-and-see approach after being treated, but his doctor warned that he wouldn’t be able to use his shoulder for four weeks, and suggested possible surgery. Ergo withdrawal.

This means that producers are now hurriedly looking for a replacement. The problem (other than the obvious issue of needing a new hero) is that Me Too, Flower! was already short on time as it was — in fact, it only began filming three days ago, less than a month out from its scheduled premiere. Not ideal even in a live-shoot system, which likes a little more time between the initial shoot and the broadcast premiere.

The drama is slated to air following Can’t Lose, and in fact Flower’s situation is likely the main reason for that drama’s extension, albeit in an unofficial capacity; Flower’s producers denied that was the reason, but there’s really no other explanation for that extension. Can’t Lose certainly didn’t have the ratings or the fanbase to support it.

Eeeep! They’re going to have to really hustle now. The drama stars Lee Jia as a policewoman who falls for an “undercover boss” (Kim’s former role), who’s a chaebol masquerading as a parking attendant. Han Go-eun plays the hero’s sophisticated CEO supporter, and Seo Hyo-rim his other love interest (who happens to also be the heroine’s stepsister). Let’s hope they can get their act together quickly, because it sounded like a cute premise.

Via E Daily

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Oh noes!

that's bad news, I hope Kim Jae Won gets better..
(kinda glad he dosent have to star with Lee JiAh now..)

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Lol, i was think that too ahah

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Ditto.

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i actually kinda like the premise of the story. but man... she's not someone i can watch. not even the combined greatness of jang geun suk and kim myung min can make me watch beethoven virus. i just cant keep forwarding scenes just so i wont see her atrocious acting.

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It was pretty painful, although she became a non-entity towards the end. Thankfully, it became all about JGS & KMM. Had she played a bigger role, it would have been unbearable.

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You took the words right out of my mouth!

But I do hope that KJW recovers soon!!!

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Same here! I was all smiles when I found out I wouldn't have to see him with her until of course I read the reason why he's dropping out. Hope he recovers quickly! It sounds like a pretty serious injury..

But I still think I'll watch the drama because of the premise (who knows...maybe she's learned a thing or two by now?..I can hope, can't I?)

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Bummer :( the poor guy, that injury sounds painful. I hope he's better soon :)

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That's intense. But things almost always manage to come together in K-drama land.

The big worry now is that Kim Jae-won's shoulder may continue to plague him and prevent him from being able to choose tougher physical roles. But, maybe he'll be lucky like Lee Min-ho and his leg!

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He's older than LMH was when the latter was injured, so I think it's reasonable to think he will need to be far more attentive to his recovery. Hopefully, marvels of modern medicine will be able to help him be well.

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it sucks for Kim Jae Won D:

and i'm already feeling sorry for this cast and future lead actor, with a normal situation the live-shoot system makes the actors go on IV drips, can you imagine how this drama it's going to turn out? yikes.

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oh NOOOOO!!! *SOBS*

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Poor him, fist a car accident on May... now a motorcycle accident... he needs to take care!

T_T Hope his shoulder heal well and don't bring any problem in the future.

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WOW! To make this easier, why not just cancel the drama? Obviously no one wants to take the leading role... Is the plot summary good anyways? Hopefully they find a leading man, otherwise just cancel the drama.

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Very much easier. Why milking from the horn to make MBC richer? Poor KJW. He needs a lot of rest and get well soon.

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I love Kim Jae Won but he already got his break this year....this calls for JAE HEEEEEEE!!!!!!...come on dram gods, do it!!!!

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sorry if i sound too unsympathetic....I do hope he makes a good recovery..it's just that when I thought of who could possible replace him, Jae Hee popped into my head and knocked out all the sense from it

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I think Jae Hee is too good of an actor for this role. Maybe I'm type-casting him? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Jae Hee's acting, but I can't really see him in a comedy type role.

What about Cha Seung Won? or Lee Seung Gi? Or Jung Il Woo? or Ji Sung? Someone who is good with comedy.

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Jae Hee did Delightful Girl Chun Hyang, I'd say he's good with comedy.

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True dat. I love his chemistry with Han Chae-young. Love that drama to bits.

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That drama is one of the few I watch repeatedly and still lose sleep over "How will it all end?" and still laugh my butt off. That and his movie made me love him to bits.

But both of them have a killer smile.

Best to both on their injuries. And hoping for no IV drips.

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i super love jaehee too! and i watched his dramas, not just DGCH, but all of his drama over and over again. i would love to see him in a drama again. but not with lee jia, i apologize to her fans but she just doesn't know how to act. hiding her marriage was the best act she has ever done so far. other than that, nothing.

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Maybe I'm crazy, but I didn't really think that was too much of a comedy... *Smiles uncertainly*

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here's my 2 cents, for it's worth. if the should cast Cha Seung Won as lead. (here's where i get in trouble). they should recast Lee Jia and put in Kim Sun Ah..

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yeah! i agree. if cha seung won is in, then they would have to kick lee jia out. they have to find someone better than her.

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I'm sad about KJW's accident too, but by the 2nd paragraph of the article I was going:

God, please let it be Jae Hee... *prays fervently*

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hope Kim Jae Won will be ok......i don't know way but i rarely happy that he didn't join MTF. I rather disappointed when he decided to join this drama.

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Oh NO. Poor Kim Jae-won. Possible surgery? I hope it heals well and doesn't keep plaguing him like Kim Sun-ah's. :(

Two of my favorite actors with shoulder injuries... too sad.

I wonder what will become of this drama now.

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And I wonder who will be the replacement >.<

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Eom Ki Joon. Last minute addition actor extraordinaire.
:)

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LOL

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if it was Eom Ki Joon. i would be all over it!!! Poopy-seok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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That would be FAN TASSSSS TIC!

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My heart goes for Kim Jaewon, but gotta be honest, one less reason to watch this drama, so...

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Oh no! I was actually really excited for this drama. I wanted to see KJW in a rom-com again just to see if he's improved. I always thought that he's more suited towards romcoms. A real shame for him because this drama looks to be really trendy. From the people who came up with MNIKSS and What's Up Fox? This would have totally boosted his career. Let's just hope for a speedy recovery!

On another note, the only other person that popped into my head that could probably take this role was Jae Hee (is he recovered from his injuries?). If I'm to lose one oppa, I would love to have another favorite oppa to take his place.

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Clearly, I'm cursed. All the leading men I like eventually get injured and have to drop out of their projects. Sorry, world.

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I'll be joining you in this!! This year after watching DGCH, Soulmates, and CYHMH and gushing and squeeling about the leading men to the point of being an annoyance to those close to me I discovered that they get injured (JH and KJW---> this one hurts too bad; i was gushing abt him here on OT Friday LAST friggin' week) or contract a serious illness (SDW)!! boooooo

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Maybe they should make the male lead a mystery until like the 4/5th episode. If they're smart enough, they can pull it off. But I don't know... With only a few weeks left till premiere, things don't look so good.

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Nooooooooooooooooo! brb sobbing in a corner. Hope he gets better and hope they find a replacement soon.

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:SOB: he's even been tanning for this role.

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The only reason why I was gonna watch this was because of Kim Jae Won :(

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I hope they bring Lee Sang Yoon in. The poor man just lost his job thanks to some brainy idiots and he deserves a leading role!

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*nods in agreement*

He's such a cutie too! This role might give him the break he needs.

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Agree - he is cuuuuuuute and very smart - Physics major in college.

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Bwahahaha, I'm just skim through all the comments and surprised no one has mentioned LEE SANG YOON. Then voila, here's his name.! See the name of the commenter, ha ha ha, no wonder!!!

Absolutely agree, even Lee Ji Ah the female lead I'll still happily watch this drama if they cast Lee Sang Yoon!!!

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Ahh, I couldn't care less who the replacement is going to be since KJW isn't in it anymore *cries*

This was the chance for him to explore that badass side of himself, and take a turn in his acting. Urgh!!!

He even got himself TAN for the role! *gasp shock* right?

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Seo Hyo Rim is an interesting actress and if it was her taking the lead role, I'll for sure check this drama out but Lee Jia? Not a fan.

I only ever watched her in Athena and though some said that it was one of her better roles, she still failed to impress me. Not too sure how I feel about this drama now that it also lost Kim Jae Won.

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Nooooooo! I was sooooo looking forward to seeing Kim Jae Won again after Can You Hear My Heart! I'm so sorry to hear that he was injured and hope he gets better real soon. I'm curious to see who they get for his replacement in such a short time.

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it's too bad.. for both the actor and the producer, oooh and also for Hyung-woo and Eun-jae who had already extended their drama.... Do they have to double the extension episodes for about 4 weeks = 8 more episodes to go?

dunno how they're going to solve it... maybe every actor/actress should have a surrogate.. to anticipate if they get any accident that ruins their movie filming. haissssshhh...
*poke myself auuuuucchhh

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Are you kidding? I am watching CL and much as I love the drama no extension please.

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Korean actors need to get better management or unionize or something. The account of on-set accidents and work related illness is just unacceptable. This years it seems as if it has been one after the other.

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Seriously! I just see way too many of these stories. In the nonexistent list of "Most Dangerous Country for Actors" SK would seem to always be on the top 3. Yikes, indeed!

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How about they just air "What's Up", to give this drama more time to prepare!! ^^ Well, that would be my ideal version of an outcome, but as it stands, they're probably just going to rush everyone...

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lol @Selli. We'll forever be waiting for that drama. I think everyone already knows that it's never going to happen :P

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I don't care who gets it as long as it's not Lee Dong Wook.I was already not happy KJW was in it.

Man...did he tear something?Shoulder dislocation usually does not require surgery unless he ruptured something.Please please listen to the Dr and physio,poor KJW :-(

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may I ask why you did not like KJW in this role and LDW either?

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I can't say it on DB cos' then I would get all the female lead supporters jumping on me :-)

They are my 2 favourite Korean actors.

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I never thought lee jia and KJW qould be a good pair...and now theres no opportunity to be proven wrong....but hope to see KJW back in action loved him to bits in CYHMH

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*would

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Oh No!!!! so looking forward to this bcs of him.....

I think Kang Ji Hwan is free for the rest of the year??

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Can't they wait for KJW to recover and air another drama instead?

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I'm really gutted!!!! When I heard about the accident earlier this week I was praying for a safe return back to set but obviously this ain't gonna happen for this drama. I truly hope Kim Jae Won get's better real fast as since "Can you hear my heart" I've been waiting for the next cool appearence!

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sooooooooooooo bad.my only reason for waiting for this drama.i wish lee jia was out

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THIS SUCKS!!! ..I wish him well and speedy recovery.

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Well that was dumb. Why was he on the bike in the first place? Chasing bad guys? Being cool? Picking up hot chicks? I don't see why he would need that scene. Sounds like another dumb thing they get male actors to do that makes no sense other than it looks cool. Same with that one dude who hurt his back windsurfing for his role. He was playing like a lawyer or something.

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that sucks. i hope he gets better soon. also feel bad for the new guy... he is gonna be EXHAUSTED

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Auww so it was serious.. TT Get well soon I loved your performance in Can You Hear My Heart

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thats really sucks? can't they wait for our killer smile oppa till he gets better?>_< I am really disappointed
after more than 5 sucking dramas(most of them playing now) I finally thought yay this will be a good one since Kim Jae-won is in it!

now I see that this drama will suck or rushed. Why don't they show another drama and wait for out oppa?

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I like the fact that KJW is coming back with another drama but when I read that he already had problems with his shoulder and with the recent injury to his shoulder, I am glad for this news. His health is much more important than this drama. With the rest and perhaps potential surgery, he will be able to come back much healthier in another drama, in another time and place.

KJW, rest well and eat lots of delicious food so that you can get better soon.

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I really wanna see Kim Jae Won in this drama. But it breaks my heart to see him keep continuing the drama with the recent injury. Hope there will be a great solution for this.

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I really wanna see Kim Jae Won in this drama. But it breaks my heart to see him keep continuing the drama with the recent injury. Hope there will be a good solution for this.

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Honestly, without KJW, not sure will jump on this one easily. I had hope to see him again this year after CYHMH, well, better he heal completely before his next project.

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Just wanted to add my 2 cents. Not glad he got hurt but very happy he dropped the drama. No way in heck it would have done will with "female lead" Lee Jia. She can barely act but she obviously has very good connections to keep making "comebacks" after each scandal!

Speedy recovery for KJW! Love him to bits and pieces in CYHMH.

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harsh..... well, on the upside doesn't have to act with Lee Jia. I mean seriously. The woman can't act for her life. I hate the people that make it in with just connections and no talent!

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NOOOOOOOOOOO~~~!!!!
well, there goes my interest in that project. it has no draw at all now.

i hope KIM JAE WON feels better and doesn't have to go through surgery.

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i hope he is recovering well from his accident ... but i'm glad he's not on the show anymore. i think i'm the only one here rooting for lee jia (fighting). i want to watch this drama because of her and not him ... so, i hope they find a good replacement ... (crossing fingers) ... someone who can share the same spotlight as her ... (she shines without doing much ... hopefully, her acting will get better). we need someone who is ... like kang ji hwan.

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Sorry to hear that.. Hope you get well soon, Kim Jae-Won!

I'm just thinking.. if the prod really wants him to be the lead, then they ought to wait him until he is well and shoot this drama later, making this drama as pre-prod for the next airing.. And, I dunno.. how about replacing Me Too, Flower with the another pre-prod drama, and the only one that i know would be - What's Up.

Or, if they want to replace the actor, i'm suggesting Shin Dong-Wook (i hope he is recovered now), or Lee Dong Wook, or Gong Yoo or Lee Min-Ki.. hehe. one only can hope! ;D

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Okay, here's the latest I read. Apparently MBC is backtracking on everything they said! Originally, it was mutual partings of a the way when KJW got hurt. That was on the 6th or 7th with KJW's people confirming he's dropping out. Now, I'm sure after an exhaustive search and no back up lead to replace him, MBC is saying that they have no intention of replacing him and its up to him to stay or go but "his health is the most important". REALLY?? If his health was the most important, then don't put him in the predicament of having to return because NO ONE will act opposite the female lead or be involved in this hot mess! Including the PD who was not happy at the script reading about his female lead's "lack of strength". This production is dead in the water! It's less then three weeks away! NONE OF THE GOOD/HOT ACTORS (i.e. Gong Yoo, So Ji Sub, Lee Dong Wook, etc.) will touch this project with a ten foot pole so please stop suggesting it! It's laughable and annoying when people suggest that. Just replace it with a pre-production and call it a day!

Sorry for the long rant. I'm just upset that any production company who will try to force an actor/actress to return to production when they are hurt is scummier then scum. That's way too messed up! I feel really bad for KJW. He's going to have to return and work his ass off for something that will undoubtedly suck. He's got a solid fan base and she's barely got one. Every single forum, rather Chinese, Korean or English fans do not like her! For those that do support her, you're in the minority. Ratings will not be good. Arghhhhh! I'm so upset I can spit nails!

P.S. Can someone please remind these production companies that it's NOT a contest to see who gets the most IVs or has the most collapses or car accidents during production for a project to garner support. These actors and actresses are human! As much as I love Kdramas, the treatment of the actors/actresses are beyond deplorable!

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Oh man.......NNOOOOOO................

..... (raises my 'five' hand straight up & my knees collapse)

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i really wanna watch that movie bcoz of kim jae won,hope he'll be fine soon =0

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NOOOOOOO D: I was so looking forward to this and that was because of him! D:

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And I hope they give the female lead role to Seo Hyo Rim.

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