So… this is a surprise. KBS variety show 1 Night 2 Days lost a member in Kim Seung-woo this past week, and though the rumors about possible new members were leaning more in the comedian direction, the announcement has been made that film actor Yoo Hae-jin will be the one to replace him. It’s less surprising if you think of it as simply finding another Seung-woo, as in — another mat-hyung (Yoo Hae-jin is 43), a good character actor, probably a great guy. I just thought they were heading in another direction entirely, what with a cast already half-full of amiable actor types. I feel like this cast could use a more out-there personality, but they may have decided that trying to maintain a similar vibe is the better bet.
Yoo Hae-jin has too many film credits to name, but throw a stone and you’ll hit a movie he’s in. Some of the bigger ones: Moss, The Unjust, Jeon Woo-chi, Tazza. He can range from badass to hilarious, so I hope that means he’ll translate to variety awesomeness. He does have one key advantage over the Gag Concert comedians or other known variety stars — he’s fresh and unexpected, and there isn’t that feeling of: Oh, YOU AGAIN. Don’t I see your face everywhere?
Of course, the other, more nervous side is: Ajusshi, you’re not gonna suck, right? I don’t think he will. He’s been on Running Man, and he joined Lee Seon-kyun on his cross-country hike, so he’s tested the variety waters. He’s very much like Seung-woo in that he’s a respected actor with a friendly demeanor, so I don’t doubt he’ll be well-liked by the other boys right away. I just hope he’s willing to be uncool for a laugh. Someone with that many comedies on his resume has to be okay with that, yeah?
We have a few more weeks before we have to say goodbye to Seung-woo and Bird (*sniff*), and then Yoo Hae-jin and the new PD will join the boys on the March 29 trip, which will air in early April.
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