girlfriday: So, Uhm Tae-woong dropped out of his movie The Dog? But he loves dogs!
javabeans: But wasn’t this the movie about dog fighters? So maybe this is best for all involved.
girlfriday: Oh right. Maybe he did it to spare himself the heartache.
javabeans: Technically the reason is that scheduling pushed back The Dog, which was delayed due to the director’s prior film, Fortunetellers, and now it conflicts with Uhmforce’s new historical drama where he plays the famed Lee Soon-shin.
girlfriday: Yeah, well turtle ship commander beats dog fighting ring leader.
javabeans: Not gonna lie, I was actually really curious to see how Uhm Tae-woong would handle playing a guy who abuses dogs, in a morbidly fascinated way. Basically, I think 1N2D ruins your image for anything else.
girlfriday: And you think Na PD is sadistic?
javabeans: Well, I would know that the dogs weren’t really hurt… and that he wouldn’t actually be mistreating them… it would just be the interesting dilemma of watching him become the guy who could fictionally do that.
girlfriday: Kinda like watching Baby Joo-won play Lee Kang-to?
javabeans: For some reason I think it’s worse with dog-lover Tae-woong.
girlfriday: It’s always worse with dogs. It’s the one thing I can’t watch in movies — any kind of animal violence, even though I KNOW it’s fake. I just can’t do it.
javabeans: To bring this out of such depressing waters, though, there’s also the reminder that this cracked-out-sounding dark comedy also involves the dogs being alien. Brought to you by the director who gave us killer pig in a mountainside.
girlfriday: Right. That helps. The alien thing does help.
javabeans: Those are words you didn’t anticipate yourself saying, aren’t they?
girlfriday: Yeah that’d be a weird quote, taken out of context. Apparently Han Ye-seul backed out too, right on the heels of Tae-woong’s exit. So now the movie has no cast. Either that or the alien dogs took over, and there will be no humans in this movie anymore.
javabeans: Let’s just hope the project gets a second wind. Based on the director’s prior works and the crazy-sounding premise, The Dog could be bizarre and entertaining, in a good way.
girlfriday: Just as long as we remember that they’re aliens.
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