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Kim Woo-bin and Kang So-ra offered leads in Hong sisters rom-com

Yes, yes, and yes please — this is news I can get excited about, with Kim Woo-bin (Heirs) and Kang So-ra (Misaeng) surfacing as the first names to be courted for Jeju Island Gatsby, the new drama from the Hong sisters writing team and the director they worked with on the zany rom-com Best Love, PD Park Hong-kyun.

(It also makes me smile, since Kang So-ra had been previously mentioned in conjunction with this project, only to be swiftly denied by her management. Were they just being coy? No matter, since I’d much rather have Kang So-ra than not have her.)

Representatives for both stars confirmed that they’d received the offers, though no decisions have been made yet. The drama is, as you may have guessed, set in Jeju Island, where the two leads relocate to start fresh with a new life far from the harsh city. The Hongs had initially planned for their next drama to be a time-slip piece set in the Occupation years, but last month completely overhauled their concept as a contemporary romance.

Since the Hongs have a solid track record of launching young careers (Lee Da-hae, Han Ye-seul, Kang Ji-hwan) and revitalizing established ones (Cha Seung-won, So Ji-sub), there’s always a lot of interest in their casting choices. Kim Woo-bin and Kang So-ra have already established themselves as stars of their generation, but I would totally love to see them both being funny and cute together. Aside from Misaeng I’ve wanted Kang So-ra to do better projects (ahem, Doctor Stranger and Dream High 2), and I need a palate cleanser after Heirs just about killed my love of Kim Woo-bin. I’d totally get back on the love train with a good Hong sisters comedy, though!

Jeju Island Gatsby will be a Wednesday-Thursday MBC drama that follows Angry Mom, which follows Kill Me, Heal Me. It premieres in May.

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Yes!!!! Way to begin a day with such great news.Please let them confirm it.I have so much love for Woo Bin,Kang Sora and Hong sisters(Big never happened).Please dont screw this up.

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My thoughts exactly, LOVE this pairing, love Hong Sisters except for BIG... hope it is as good as or better (is that even possible) than Master's Sun b/c I LOVE KWB and KSR. Dr. Stranger was horrible for me b/c I was on KSR ship...I would love to see both KWB and KSR as leads on drama...its about time...please say yes!

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I'm so looking forward to it after being disappointed with doctor stranger

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this isn't really an exciting news. I hope both of them accepts. Kim woo bin and kang so Ra... So darn exciting. May is going to be a happy month for me

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This is exciting news.
Love Kang So ra from doctor stranger. She did an amazing job there and LOVEEE Woo Bin. Finally excited to see him take the lead in a drama. I hope we get to see more of him in years to come.

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This is exciting news.
Love Kang So ra from doctor stranger. She did an amazing job there and LOVEEE Woo Bin. Finally excited to see him take the lead in a drama. I hope we get to see more of him in years to come.
Excited for May :)

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I really like Kang Sora (even in Dr. Stranger) and I love Hong sisters' dramas. Really looking forward to this (if they say "yes" that is).

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omo..accept already guyss :)

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Yeeees. Kim Woobin in comedy. Now we're talking.

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I love how your username keep on changing as you fall in love with new dramas :) Maybe after this one wraps up, your username will change to hawoojin,healer,&jejuislandgatsbyruined me ;)

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I too love Kim Woo Bin btw. Hopefully he accepts. Really want to see him in a rom-com!!

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Haha yes! I would love to change my name again, because then that would mean that I have fallen head over heels in love AGAIN with another great character from another great drama. Here’s to hoping the next character comes soon!!

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Yasssssss! Please dramagods make it happen!

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Drama gods please make this happen!!!!

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Kim Woo Bin in a lead role in a drama yaaaaas about tiiiiime...and with Kang Sora at that omg this has to be the answer to help me with my healer withdrawal

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If those two stars star this drama, I'll watch.
If only Woo Bin stars, I'll watch.
If it's only Hong Sister's, I'll watch.

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GIVE IT TO ME NOW. I NEED THIS AND I NEED IT NOW!

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Yesssssssss!! Oh God, please let this happen!

Both of them are so beautiful in that pic, though!

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speaking of pictures, the header picture over this article as I type is the one of So Ji-sub and Gong Hyo-jin from Master's Sun.

With the pictures of Kim Woo-bin and Kang Sora right below them, it almost looks like passing on the dream pairing torch to a younger generation :)

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@pogo,
You took the words out of my mouth right there.... I just hope the script is also very good(considering it's the Hong sisters, I find it to be either a very good hit, or a very bad miss), and it catapults them into the next big thing of dramaland!

Sigh.... look at me getting ahead of myself, they haven't even accepted yet!

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I NEED THIS OMG I NEED THIS THIS IS ONE OF MY DREAM PAIRINGS IM FREAKING OUT

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YES!!! This is going to be good as long as the writers don't go to town on the plot. Now Sidus I'm going to need you to produce a drama for Lee Yoo Bi, ok?

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Sidus produced Pinocchio but Lee Yoo Bi got so little screentime and a role so small it was almost useless.

and they made her get an ugly haircut too. (if you look at her SNS, she got hair extensions almost immediately after finishing the drama haha......)

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OMG, yes please ! It's about time his long-leggedness is the lead and gets the girl ! In a Hong Sisters drama to boot ! Oh, yes, please !

On another note, aww, c'mon girls, you're probably too harsh on him being in The Heirs and that character. He played Choi Young-do pretty well. :)

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KWB was convincing as Young Do, but it doesn't change the fact that he was a horrible character.

I don't really get it though how one character can kill your love for an actor? I mean, I get it that YD was an asshole. I regret watching Heirs in its entirety too. But I guess I'm not so fickle as to be turned off by /one/ character, that unequivocally does not represent the talent or capability of the actor that plays him.

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Well, a good character can totally open your eyes to an actor's appeal, so it's that in reverse. It's not that I think Kim Woo-bin is now a bad actor. I just lost that extra fairy dust magic I felt for him previously, so now to me he's just... an actor.

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I never thought about it like that, but it makes complete sense. Thanks for explaining!

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It's funny how different people come to like different actors/characters. I totally loved CYD. Well, not at the beginning when his bullying was horrible. But once he started to change/soften up (around ep 8 or so), he became (kinda) the only character I really cared about in The Heirs. I had never watched KWB before, and I became a huge fan after watching YD. KWB acted very well and had lots of charisma to evoke sympathy for his character. I felt that his character was one of the few, if not the only one, who was allowed to change and grow in that drauma.

P.S. - Huge fan is an understatement; I became obsessed with that character/actor. Kinda embarrassed now when I think back. Lol.

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Jb I would agree with you if he had not done such a good job with that character. Sometimes a good actor can make a good or even decent performance out of even a character who is a horrible human being. By the end the only chatacters in Heirs I liked were him and Kim Ji Won and they were both nasty and mean chatacters. It's just that they were played very well.

do you feel this way about all actors who play bad characters in general? Like Lee Min Ho in Heirs or Lee Joon playing a serial killer in Gapdongi, do they also lose your love and become "just actors" or was it only Heirs that was like that for you? I am genuinely curious so that is why I ask.

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Just the fact that ppl hated him so much is the epitome of his success as a great actor. I don't know how big of cinephiles ppl are on here but only a great actor can manage to make you hate him if he plays his role convincingly enough. So to me, the fact that all these ppl hated my darling KWB for playing his role perfectly only cements his perfection and greatness as an actor. The same goes for LMH, some ppl are just prejudiced in their likes and dislikes I've noticed!

I love how ppl can totally disregard an actor completely because they simply hated one of his roles lol it's so laughable to me I can't even grasp it!

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@DD - I agree that an actor getting hated for playing a hateful character is actually praise for their skill..........but that is true ONLY if the character was supposed to be hated in the story. So Kim Woo Bin and Jiwon getting hate from viewers as Young Do and Rachel is good because it means they played the roles well.

But on the other hand when characters we are supposed to like or feel sorry for come across as hateful, that is not a good sign. I am quite sure we were not supposed to hate Tan and Eunsang in Heirs, they were the OTP. But he was a whining jerk and she was an always-crying Candy so I just ended up disliking the actors so much for not being able to make those characters likeable. It's the same with Hyun Bin in SeGa or Shin Se Kyung in so many dramas.

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@pigsnout

I guess it all boils down to your likes and dislikes, for instance I was discussing this just yesterday how I hated KSA's character in MNIKSS, which you probably liked...I hate obnoxious ppl and that's how I saw her, but to me PSH played a dignified character, not always crying rivers of tears ala SHK in Autumn tale and the such... I thought she was the most subtle "candy character" if you want to call her that.

As for LMH's whining lol OMG the amount of whining I've seen in Kdrama is unparalleled to anything I've ever seen anywhere in the world and let me just tell you that Kim Tan was the least whiny character I've seen (under the circumstances) in Kdrama like EVER...I mean when kids/adults/elderly whine about someone touching their arm, or raising their voice (only to yell back at them 10000 times louder) how was KT whiny exactly? He was resilient and a silent fighter, never once did he become a cry baby, he always wanted to solve his problems and the problems of the ppl around him all on his own... But again it all boils down to how you view things, i just happened to see things differently from my prospective

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@DD- I didn't like his character at all, he was the opposite of silent amd resilient to me. Constantly whining about his relationship with his hyung, treating his "fiancee" badly by not even treating her like the friend he called her, being jealous fpr no reason to Eun Sang's guy friend when he only just met her, behaving like his problems are as big as hers when she tells him she and her mother will be thrown on the street if they date (seriously? Your hurt feelings are as serious as your dad making her homeless if he finds out you are dating her?r), the force kissing (more than once!) and taking away her passport and ordering her around...and behaving like he hates the chaebol life but ultimately doesnt even experience 1 percent of the hardship his gf does.

And at least she had real reason to cry. His was nothing more than "I am rich and have my feelings hurt sometimes". She had more dignity and at least worked hard but I would like her more if her taste in boys was not so awful and she didnt let this one push her around because she likes him. Sorry if you are. their fan, but I really saw nothing to feel that bad for him about. The story tells me he had a bad dad and chaebol life is cold but unlike Youngdo we are supposed to like and feel sorry for him and ignore all his bad points. And I could not.

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Don’t forget that they played teenage kids, reasoning was not always their forte. I don’t blame him for his jealousy it’s a natural instinct. The fact that he didn’t care about her being thrown in the street for not dating him, i didn’t see that either, he went to all highs and lows to take care of her. Forceful kissing well, he’s a teenage boy with hormones, not excusing him this one but I totally get it it was a mistake to be forceful no doubt but it was up to PSH character to tell him to F off if she so chose to. The chaebol life, well he’s a chaebol after all, do you expect him to be something else? Would it be more convincing if he behaved any other way? He was hurt and destroyed for losing his love, that to me is more human than losing many other things like wealth or status that most ppl seek or sought after. His brother was the biggest POS in the world and if it was me I’d probably commit a crime not simply and resiliently continue to try to work things out with an asshole family member, that to me is resolve!! His mother was a disaster, his father was a big dick, his brother was a selfish prick, yet in the midst of all of that he was fighting wars against himself, his old character, fighting for the love of his life (Albeit not perfectly but then again he’s playing a character of a kid so I didn’t expect too much or much more from him after all) trying to knock some sense into his corrupt/on the verge of oblivion friend/friends and trying to maintain a normal High schooler life…Well I don’t know what ppl expect from someone going through this big pile of dodo, to me he proved much more than capable of resolving most if not all his problems competently!

As for PSH and her situation, well she wasn’t totally faultless nor was her mother, from what I could see they both wanted to endure (As I’ve seen many many characters of lesser means do in Kdramas so why blame the rich ppl for the poor’s misfortune? it’s just their luck in life) Yet Kim Tan took so much crap from his entire family/peers for even wanting to help, which in the end he did and that’s commendable on it’s own. Anyway don’t apologize like I said we all have our likes and dislikes and we always see things from our own perspective so no point trying to convince others when each have their own POV. In the end films/dramas tell stories that are not perfect per se but stories that have a message to tell, i heard the Heirs message loud and clear and it resonated with me I guess more so than many others that have watch it.

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@DD It is obvious you like Kim Tan a lot but the story presents him to us as a hero we should sympathise with whose flaws are all excused by "he is a kid!" to some. And I have explained why I cannot accept that. He was not supposed to be dislikable because he is the hero of the story and his actions are excused with his age, bad family and love life. But many, many people here do not accept those as excuses.

And when your gf tells you your family will throw her and her deaf mother out of the house if you are caught dating, saying "I'm suffering because of liking you too!" is so self centered when he does not even come close to going through what she has. Kim Tan and Young Do are both horrible jerks but at least Young Do admitted his faults and apologised to people he hurt. Tan, we are just supposed to think he is always the victim. His "poor little rich boy" is not something I am a fan of, at all.

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It's not that I liked Kim Tan a lot, rather it's the fact that I never see characters (or people for that matter) as BLACK & WHITE, not should I!! It's an impossibility that any human being is completely free of faults, Kim Tan was human after all, hero or no hero. I'm glad, and I think it was totally refreshing, to see a lead character portrayed as "Flawed" and not completely the "prince charming" who never makes mistakes type. He made mistakes, then again who in this world doesn't? I like him yes because even with his mistakes he had a great humanity compass that guided him back..Always!

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@DD - I think she's saying the opposite of what you imply - what I understood is that she hates Kim Tan because his flaws are never presented as actual flaws but just glossed over or dismissed with an easy excuse.

i.e. he's presented as a 'kid with a dysfunctional family' to justify all his bad behaviour. And he is held accountable for none of it (girlfriend easily forgives him for force kissing and domineering, loving mother forgives him for rudeness, etc.)

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@Pogo

I've replied to you, but since I've put links to YT videos the reply is being moderated...Here it is again without those links but if it appears with the links later i hope you watch them to get a better idea about what I'm referring to!

Again KT is a character that ppl just loved to hate. I didn’t see rudeness to mom, he was so dotting on his mother when at that age kids are so rebellious, he came out looking like the adult rather than the mom!!

Forceful kissing well isn’t that the NORM in Kdrama? I’m yet to see a kissing scene that doesn’t involve a forceful kiss or a kiss that is enjoyed by both parties equally. This bothered me more since PSH’s character didn’t do anything about if it bothered her so much, rather than him being domineering etc. Yes he told her to listen to him but that’s because he was trying to protect her and she stubbornly continued not to listen to reason…Again I am not excusing the kiss, but again he was playing the character of a teenage boy and from his perspective he probably felt it was the only way to knock some sense into this girl who keeps doing exactly the opposite of what he pleadingly asked of her… more so since he was trying to protect her rather than boss her around!

I’ve seen a video of that kiss, and in one take PSH is giving more than she’s taking…I don’t see all the hoopla about it being a “surprise” kiss or feeling bad for her. That kiss was redone several times and each time PSH was totally ok with it…So I’m really confused about the kiss situation. Just because they chose a take that looked as if PSH was in pain doesn’t mean that was actually the situation on set!

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Kim Tan was a possessive, clingy, self-righteous piece of scum that never listened to Eun-sang. She was a pathetic character but I felt more pity for her, than dislike. She never told him off? He was absolutely domineering. Why did he never leave her alone when she asked him to? You say he was trying to protect her, 'for her own good' right? Please, it just shows how obnoxious he is. But you're totally right. Kim Tan is exactly the kind of character that people love to hate. Because he was absolutely revolting and sure as hell not romantic.

Which leads me to the kiss scene. I'm not sure if you're referring to the closet kiss, but if it is, then that happened without PSH's permission. LMH revealed in an interview that for that kiss scene, the director told him not to let PSH know about the kiss. Which is why she seemed UNDERSTANDABLY confused, brows furrowed, looking 'in-pain' while trying to reciprocate that kiss. Poor poor girl, had to experience an assault in a closet, basically. And she gets ridiculed every time for it. She did not give consent for that kiss, and that PD will forever be in my bad radar for carrying that out.

So I guess it doesn't matter what kiss you're referring to. The first one was cringe-worthy AF too. There were soo many problems with Heirs. I wish it wasn't two years ago that it aired, bc I hardly remember it now. Not that it deserves to be held in memory anyway.

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You rather have such a strong opinion about this character, I won't claim I'd like to sway you...Your opinion is your right to own. I didn't see things the way you saw them as I've explained in detail in all the posts above yours.

The kiss I'm referring to, IS the closet kiss, just go to youtube and type "the heirs kiss scene" you'll see that that kiss was done SEVERAL times and that PSH kissed LMH just as forcefully as he kissed her so I don't really take what you typed in your last paragraph to heart unless you have other evidence then I'll believe my own eyes. I DID post links to this particular kiss but DB are not allowing that comment. Again go to YT and search the video you'll see what I mean.

KT was not revolting, he was a decent guy at the core who had many reasons to be a POS but fought against the current and won. That's how I saw this character.

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And ofc it's your prerogative to like Kim Tan and Heirs as you do. And you have stated your pov and take on Heirs in your previous comments, that wasn't my main concern. The kiss was, although I do absolutely loathe the character Kim Tan. Your take on his character is new and interesting though.

Unfortunately, I can't link you to the article right now, I'm not using a most practical device, that's not my laptop. So it's a bit inconvenient. But LMH did an interview where he was asked about the passionate kiss scene and he stated that PSH wasn't told beforehand about the kiss scene. His words, not mine. You're not inclined to believe it though. I watched the bts before, and PSH did not look comfortable or okay with what happened. To my viewing, she just went along with it, and tried to reciprocate despite her discomfort.

And I get that you're a fan. I don't know when you watched Heirs, but there were a few discussions about the kiss scene on some threads here. Especially ones with degrading comments about PSH's kiss scenes. It was found out belatedly by most. Anyway, you understand my stance I presume, I think I sounded harsher than intended. But your words seemed incorrect to my knowledge.

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i think i feel the same way about hyun bin post-secret garden that you feel about kim woo-bin and lee min-ho after heirs.

i know hyun bin became hot hot hot again after secret garden, but i hated his character so much that i've just never felt the same way about him since... and i absolutely loved him for his performance in worlds within. i still rewatch that drama, i loved it so much.

it also doesn't help that hyun bin's latest drama is a flop in my opinion, and that i don't like his character there either... too reminiscent of his secret garden character.

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Hyun Bin is an amazing actor, he always was and always will be no matter how many flops he'll produce. He has the talent and the charisma and he'll continue to entertain for many years to come!

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It's funny because I really love Kim Woo Bin as YD in Heirs. He can play all villains out there if he wants and I'd still support him. He's one of very few reasons I can finish Heirs too, beside Kang Min Hyuk n Krystal's characters.
To each her own. :D

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I am surprised by this. You're basically saying that an actor who portrays a bad character (purposely written to be just that) to a T isn't worthy of admiration and becomes "just an actor"? This is rather odd

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I think it is not so much the fact that he played a hateful character, rather then this particular character annoying to some people.

If a serial killer is well written and has depth, then it will still be a great character to portray for an actor, but if you feel the character is empty or superficial (not the ACTING, but the reasons for the character' actions), then your love for the actor that portrayed him is understandably dimmed.

I also feel that way sometimes, probably because I find I cannot properly connect with such a character.

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That's what I didn't understand at first. But I think it has more to do with personal preference and how you view things. It's not so much that she doesn't acknowledge him as a good actor. KWB portrayed Young Do perfectly. But the character itself, was absolutely despicable and his appeal as an actor and the affection she had for him was lost. I personally can't relate to this, but I get where she's coming from.

What I'll never comprehend though, is completely disregarding an actor because of his past characters. There's this sort of prejudice some have against actors and their future projects. For example, there are comments like "I'm weary of [actor] now bc I hated his character in his last drama." and "I don't like [actress] anymore bc she was so bad in her last role." "I probably won't watch this drama bc I didn't like [actor/actress] in their last one." Those are a few generic examples, but you get my point.

Unless you're criticizing their acting, I don't really get the logic that a character might ruin an actor for you so much, that you'll have to approach their next acting endeavour with caution. Like don't hold their 'bad' or 'unlikeable' characters against them. At the end of it all, an actor is not the character that he portrays.

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@jongyu - I think a track record of multiple poor performances in the past is valid reason to dislike an actor's work and dread their casting in a new drama - most often, people are not wrong when they say it's going to turn out bad (exceptions are few and far between)

But there is a difference between that and discrediting an actor entirely because of ONE bad performance (if that one came amid a string of competent ones) or dislike of the characters they played.

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What's happening here is that ppl are confusing bad performance with bad character (or a dislikable character) if the character was written as an asshole and the actor played the asshole to a T then what's so bad about that performance?
It's in fact, a perfect performance, just because ppl hated the character they played doesn't make their performance bad. This is where ppl are not making the distinction.

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It's not about the bad performances by the actors. In fact, I think it's totally valid if you discredit an actor if he consistently performs badly.

But it's about the /characters/ themselves. It isn't the acting that's questionable, but the characters.

Why condemn an actor for a bad or unlikeable character that he portrayed? Even if he does it well? Does that one character kill your love for the actor and turn you off from seeing him in another project?

Let's put it this way then: You become weary of an actor because of his last drama, because you didn't like his character. Doesn't mean he acted bad, or was bad in the role. It was just a horrible character and you're cautious of him in a next role.

That just doesn't make sense to me? His last role has nothing to do with his upcoming role. They are different, not interchangeable. Like why you weary if it's not the same writer of the show, same character...why hold such prejudice for their future roles. I don't get it.

I see comments like 'She had a horrible character in her last drama, so I'm not looking forward to this one etc.' and similar ones to it.

I just don't get that logic and I'm beginning to ramble on, sorry. But it is after all about one's preferences. You watch what you like, you like who you like. And I'm not really gonna fault anyone for that.

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Thanks @everyone for the input. If we're not talking about bad acting or badly written characters then I think it all comes down to the fact people confuse the actors with their roles and that can be a bit problematic if it affects the way a person evaluates the skill/performance of an actor

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@DD - please read my comment, where do I say that playing a character who's supposed to be an asshole in a way that that character comes across as hateful, is a problem? That's indeed a mark of a good performance.

But there is a difference between a negative character being deliberately written and played in a way that the audience dislikes them, and a protagonist whom we are supposed to like but who engages in behaviour that makes him or her unlikable in a way that was clearly not intended by the script, and despite the in-story justifications.

@jongyu - see above. We are actually totally in agreement on this one. I believe in distinguishing between character and performance, but many people don't really, which is how you end up with people claiming someone can't act because of one unlikable character they played.

And on the flip side, I have never understood the "but she's so likable!" excuse that some people make to justify the acting careers of some people who have no business being in dramas because they are that bad at acting. What use is an actor's likability if you can't move your face, say your lines or emote? I'm not about to go and do the "background assignment" of watching variety shows where that person is supposedly likable, a performance should stand on its own merits.

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@pogo

But how do you know that their character was intended to be anything besides what they've played it as? Do you have access to the script that none of us do? No one knows this besides the director who directed the "written word" and okayed these performances as "they were intended to be okayed"

I'm sorry if this comes across as presumptuous, but I feel that I am being attacked just because I'm admiring a character you completely disliked in the posts above. Which I feel is completely unfair! Nonetheless my discussion ends here. I made my points more than clear I guess...Nothing more to add!

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@DD -You feel attacked? All I and other commenters said was our reasons for disliking Kim Tan, what is the problem with that? Being disagreed with is not the same as being attacked.

If anything, you claiming people like us only dislike him beause we are "prejudiced in our likes and dislikes" is the real insult because it claims people cannot dislike KT as rational viewers, is the character that precious to you? Please reflect on it.

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This sigh is for you JavaBeans. [Sigh]

If my child said that to me “I just lost that extra fairy dust magic” I would have to help them grieve for the loss. Fairy Dust Magic is rare and twinkly so the loss is pretty big.

On the “things are looking brighter” side, if anyone can restore Fairy Dust Magic it is the Hong Sisters (or perhaps the magic forest/grotto that Papa Gu inhabited. It did wonders for Choi Jin-hyuk’s image.)

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@DD - I'm replying here because there was no reply button available to your post.

No one is attacking you here. You stated your opinions about how like KT and how you think he is a good character. The other commentors stated how they disliked his character. Stating their dislike for a character is not attacking you. Did you mean to attack them when you countered their opinions?

About KT - I agree with what the other commentors said about Tan. He was supposed to be the protagonist and accepted by the viewers. Instead, a lot of the viewers ended up hating him.

There was not even one scene where KT took responsibility or apologized to anyone for anything. And he should have, at least to ES and her mom. Compared to their suffering, he didn't endure anything. He never had to work or be responsible for anything in life. His home life was so bad that he was allowed to do whatever? (YD's home life was 10 times worse than KT's but he didn't get a fee pass.) In the end, KT ended up being a hero who was irresponsible, domineering, and possessive. If the dad had disinherited Tan and he ended up poor for sticking to ES, that would have made a small impact and testified to the strength of their love. But no, that didn't happen.

P.S. - And not many Kdrama heros are whiny. They are rich, cold, jerks but not whiny.

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@LinK - you are right. So many kids in that drama had a bad home life with bad parents but they either don't behave as badly as KT or take responsibility in the end if they did. Why is he so special that he never has to do this?

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"Well, a good character can totally open your eyes to an actor’s appeal, so it’s that in reverse. It’s not that I think Kim Woo-bin is now a bad actor. I just lost that extra fairy dust magic I felt for him previously, so now to me he’s just… an actor."

I feel you, JB! This is how I felt about PSH. Previously, I had really enjoyed her performances in other dramas (You're Beautiful was one of the first kdramas I ever watched and we all know about the importance of first loves hah!) So I was watching Heirs for her and LMH but Eun Sang almost squelched every kind feeling I had towards PSH. Pinnochio went along way towards fixing it but I'm still rather meh! I don't look forward too seeing her in a drama like I once did. Disappointed expectations is at the root of my apathy (maybe?) I think but it's just the way I feel...

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I forsee a loud YESSSSSSSSSS across the globe if this truly happens. Haha! Probably the most perfect casting news (in my eyes anyways ;p) in such a LONG TIME! :D I'm ridiculously thrilled for this so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't let me down! A Hong sisters drama with two of my favorite people in it. AHHHH <3

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YESSSS! I would love to see them both in a rom-com. I hope they both take it!

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Sounds amazing. I'm up for it!

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This is great news! You can usually count on Hong sisters' dramas to be funny, and I could use a great rom-com these days.

And what a pairing this is. The chemistry is really important in HS dramas, so I'm hoping they click really well together. I don't doubt it, they're both capable actors.

But I have to say I'm more excited that Kang Sora is attached to this project, it'd be so great to see her in a comedy. Kim Woo Bin, I welcome your return to dramaland! It's been too long.

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OMG Kim Woo Bin!!! Really want to see him in a new drama instead of all the movies he's been in lately.

I haven't watched his acting in so long.... I think I've only seen him in White Christmas and School 2013 (so old now, geez) .... XD;;

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What?! I never liked Kim Woo Bin as an actor... Huuhuhu... I hope this drama will change my opinion of him.

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I really like both of them but I'm not sure if this would be a good pairing. Kang Sora looks like a tough type and Kim Woo Bin too.

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That is funny because I actually find this pairing more interesting because of their strong auras. I think they can have good chemistry :)

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I think that's exactly why I find this pairing exciting.

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Yes those are exactly my thoughts too! Both are pretty similar in playing strong and sassy type of characters so that's why I'm going to be thrilled if this actually happens! I can see them having the cute I-despise-you-but-I-adore-you kind of a relationship so I'll just keep praying that this would happen. And let's hope the script would be good too!!

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This gives me a strong feeling of a torch being passed. Move aside, old guys!

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More like.....move aside, shitty actors. We are finally going to give leads to actors who can act well!

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please..please..please!

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Weehoo! Dramabeans's making me very happy today.

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I hate, hate, HATE his character in Heirs so much, but I'm ready to forget and forgive if he turns out decent in this one. Then again, it's a Hong Sisters drama so he's probably an another grumpy a-hole chaebol but not without his little quirks.

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He was fantastic in the Heirs and he played his character perfectly, to a fault!

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Uh.... YES PLEASE.

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I hope this turns out to be a delightful pairing-- it seems very promising. However until I see Kang So-ra in another really special OTP, in my heart, she and Im Joo-hwan will still be enjoying their HEA. (Their relationship was very touching in Ugly Alert).

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Yes. I too really need to let Na Do-hee (KSR) and Jung-soo (IJH) go... but it is so hard to! I've never watch daily dramas until I got hooked with Ugly Alert --it was soo good. The OTP were so relaxed and comfortable with each other that it showed in their "love" scenes.

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+1 Ugly Alert

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+++++ LIKES For Ugly Alert.. Great drama.. Kang So Ra was too great as Na Do Hee & pairing with Im Joo Hwan was splendid... Really hope this couple can again starred in another drama.. My love for So Ra soaring after watching Ugly Alert.. Watched her in Doctor Stranger & Misaeng too, and she's great in all those as well..

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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

I would like to see them together in a drama, the strong aura they both have interests me. I want to see a pairing where the girl has a cold aura and the boy is also the strong type.

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This needs to happen, drama gods!

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YASSSSSSSSS !!! I'm here for this, pretty please drama gods make this happen.

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Yes yes yes yes yes!!! Dramagods, make this happen!

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When I saw KWB in Gentleman's Dignity, I immediately thought he'd be great with KSR. He has that sharp stare and she has that " you are annoying and will ignore you" look.
I am excited but scared at the same time. I hope the Hong sisters really got inspired while writing the script and was not "pressured" to deliver any story. Ah! Scared... Excited...scared....excited!

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AAAH Kim Woo-bin and Kang So-ra!! Please please please happen!! Finally, Kim Woo-bin as the lead who actually gets the girl :D this makes me so exciteeed!!

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I dont know about others but to be honnest I watched hears because of kim woo bin.i wanted to see how he acted there and not the other actors because i couldnt see anything new with lee min ho just like his previous dramas he always get the girl so nothing new on his character.pls kim woo bin make my dream come true and accept that pls

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I would love it if they both signed on to lead. Been missing Kang Sora after my binge watch of Ugly Alert (she was great!!) and I loved her in Misaeng. She's such a cool girl and deserves to be the lead in more things!

Her and Kim Woo Bin would look great together and they'd be fun to watch; I could see them bouncing off each other well. Maybe they'll want to work with each other too. *prayer hands emoji*

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About time.
pls accept it woo Bin-ah.

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Finally!!! Two actors as leads...yahoooooo!!

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please let kim woo bin accept this role. please let kim woo bin accept this role. please let kim woo bin accept this role *crosses fingers and toes and prays to anyone that will listen that they make this happen* i need him on a twice weekly basis since school 2013. even my deep love for him would not have me sit through the abusive mess that was heirs so please let this be good, addictive, and watchable, but first PLEASE LET KIM WOO BIN ACCEPT THIS ROLE

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I have never agreed with a comment so much in my entire life.

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Oh sweetbutterbiscuits! I didn't realize how much I wanted this until I saw the news! YES! YES! A THOUSAND TIMES YES!

KWB is pretty much oozing testosterone charged charisma, but his eyes are capable of such laughter and softness. And KSR is beautiful, but not in a flimsy, frail way: she's beautiful in a I know exactly what I want and how to get it kind of a way. Very...hmmm. Soft but strong, and with clear, confident eyes. Ohhhh. This pairing is gonna be DAEBAK!!

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I second everything you said - this pairing would be a dream come true (and kudos to the person who said, a clear two years ago, that they wanted to see them together back when we were resigned to Woobin never getting a girl).

And it would work for just the reason you say - he's very masculine and she's very feminine but both are very strongly so. And of course they're both beautiful.

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Squueeeees! This would just round out the 2015 drama year splendidly!

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to be honest, I have only liked one Hong sisters drama entirely, and that is Greatest Love. though there were things I liked in some others, they were hardly my favorites. and I have been disappointed more times than I have found a pleasure in their dramas. so they are not a sure hook to get me to watch. neigh is Kim Woo Bin. but they do manage to get actors to show chemistry even if there is none. so I guess we´ll see

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hmmm I don't know what to think of this casting. I never really liked either of them. I know I'm sorry. It seems like everyone is in love with them. I've watched a few of her dramas and one movie, while I've seen a couple of KWB's drama. I just don't see them playing in a Hong sister drama. I've watched every single one of their dramas. We'll see if they get casted, will I end up liking them or not

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This should be good.

Thank goodness they're not cast as high school kids.

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YEEeeeeS please! I love these two!

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YES PLEASE!!! CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR THIS DRAMA!

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Please say yes KWB and KSR.

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Say yesssss ...Kim Woo-bin and Kang So-ra ..... wow!
I hope to see them together in this show.

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oh my, this OTP need to happen!!
KWB as Mad Mireu in White Christmas is gold.. my favorite character of his.. i'm glad if i can watch him in that kind of role again..
and KSR, love her ever since Ugly Alert.. she really exude those charismatic and sassy lady that needed mooooore in K-Drama female lead.. especially weekdays female lead which usually such a doormat character..

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i literally gasped when i saw the heading!! i don't know the last time casting news brought me such excitement. it doesn't even have to be a hong sisters drama to make me so excited, but the fact that it is just takes it all up to stratospheric levels.

doctor stranger was a mess, but i was so impressed by kang sora there. i'd only really seen her in sunny (i wouldn't watch dream high 2), so that drama was kind of a reminder that she existed, and that she was supposed to be really good. i thought her acting in doctor stranger had a wonderful naturalness, and she had showed that same quality in misaeng too. if only hong sisters really bring their A game this time, i can totally see kang sora killing whatever gets sent her way.

and i just really like kim woo-bin. heirs really made me sit up and take notice of him. just something about young-do and his portrayal of it spoke to me. would love seeing him again.

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You definitely shouldn't watch DH2 then, ever. Kang So-ra's acting is absolutely horrible in there. She manages to be worse than Jeong Jin-woon, a feat even Han Sun-wha couldn't accomplish.

Of course, she was a miscast there, the "plucky without a cause yet submissive" archetype really doesn't suit her at all. (An archetype, btw, the Hong sisters also love very much, I hope the casting director knows what he/she's doing.)

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Dteam High 2 had a shit writer unlike 1. No one was worth liking in that drama.

Unlike the DH2 writer the Hong sisters are actually decent at drama writing. And even at her worst Kang Sora was never as horrible as Suzy.

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I don't think Kang's awful performance in DH2 was merely the result of the bad writing there. She did try to save her dignity in that troll writing train wreck "Doctor Stranger", where she was basically the only one doing her job (which might have to do with the appropriate casting much more than the writing quality).

Very often, bad acting performances by actually capable actors are simply the result of bad casting: wrong genre, wrong archetypes, etc. For example: Park Shin-hye has a reputation as an awful actress mostly because she kept taking the wrong roles. The fact that "You're beautiful" was written by the Hong sisters didn't change the fact that PSH's acting was bad in there. And I'm pretty sure that Kang So-ra would have sucked in that role too (for very different reasons though, as she competes in a totally different acting fach as Park).

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But you are speaking as if you can predict she will be bad based on only one bad performance out of many good ones. That"s not like Park Shin Hye who gave several boring Candy performances and then finally gave one good one.

Maybe this drama will have the same Candy heroine, who knows. But I have mote confidence in Kang Sora's acting than Park Shin Hye, and I am ok with waiting till the drama comes out to see what kind of heroine she is.

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at this point, i couldn't picture kang sora being bad in anything! but yes, i didn't watch dream high 2 beyond the first two or three episodes because i could tell it wasn't going to have the same magic for me as the original did. and i didn't hear anything of kang's performance there so it's news to me that she was bad in it.

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I dropped Heirs after the first few episodes and I have not seen him in anything else so it will all be fresh for me.

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In terms of look, they seems compatible. As for acting, I haven't seen any of their works so I can't comment on that. Will definitely look out for this one. Although I have never seen any of their works (I have seen Woo Bin in Running Man and I quite like him there), both of them have this charm that still makes me have an interest in them. I hope both will take on the challenge. Rom-comedy is what I need after watching the heart-wrenching and intense drama of "Punch" (amazing drama btw!). I wish the Hong Sisters were the one who wrote "Hyde, Jekyll, and Me". That drama left a sour taste in me (I have such good hopes for that drama and it fail to deliver.)

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will the story be ala-gatsby, where the leads are lovers before they got separated?

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I looked up wikipedia on Gatsby......as long as this drama does not end like the novel it's ok. Anything but that!

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I really hope it's not based on Gatsby. I don't feel like watching Kim Woobin pine over a married woman.

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Since they start over, a new life, she could be divorced...?

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Having her divorced would almost get rid of the idea of it being based on Gatsby. A huge part of it is how he spends his life trying to become someone who can match her and how she refuses to leave her husband because she can't bring herself to go against society or put herself out there. It doesn't matter that her husband cheated on her, he represents the comfort of money that she's always known.

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Exciting news! ??? Please Drama Gods, let this happen! ?

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