Huh. Park Jin-hee (Gu-am Heo Jun, Fermentation Family) has been cast in a new move (yay!), and playing her romantic co-star is MBLAQ idol-actor Lee Joon of IRIS 2 (less yay). The movie is titled Botox and it’s an adaptation of a webtoon of the same name, and the film will be the directing debut of the webtoon’s writer, Hwang Mina.
I find this a really strange pairing, for several reasons. The obvious one is that Park Jin-hee is a sparkling, talented, funny actress with loads of charm and many, many years of acting experience. Lee Joon… has less of those things, and has yet to earn the title actor with his roles thus far. But get this: She’s playing 42, he’s playing 21, and the story has them in “a loving relationship.” Which is curious because their real age difference is only 10 years, but they’re playing it as 21. She plays an aspiring writer who sees him (an immature 21-year-old who’s got both a tough side and a pure heart) as a mere kid… until the day he confesses his feelings for her and sends her into conflict. So a bit like What’s Up Fox, but with a lot more cradle-robbing.
You wonder why they didn’t just cast more age-appropriate stars, but I did the math — if you actually cast those ages, you’d get something more along the lines of awkward and uncomfortable than believable. Think: L paired with Lee Young-ae. Or Lee Hyun-woo and Go Hyun-jung. It’s unsettling, right? Which isn’t to say noona romances can’t work (we would never say that! Ahem) or that age gaps are untenable in romance stories. It’s just a strange way to cast this story, and I feel like shrinking the real age gap by so much sorta undermines the point in the first place.
Botox will begin filming in November.
Via Hankook Ilbo
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