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Rain up to romance Ha Ji-won, or maybe Kang So-ra

Huh, isn’t Rain a lucky guy: According to latest reports, he is fielding offers to headline not one but two of the hottest upcoming dramas in pre-production. One is the In Time With You remake about longtime best friends falling in love that’s courting Ha Ji-won, titled The Time I’ve Loved You, 7000 Days, and the other is the new Hong sisters drama potentially starring Kang So-ra, titled Warm and Cozy. According to his rep, he is considering both offers equally and has not made any decisions yet.

I’m a little confused at a few of the details being reported, because as recently as two days ago we heard that The Time I’ve Loved You had extended the leading man offer to Lee Jin-wook, and as far as the news goes, we’ve heard nothing of him rejecting the role. Perhaps he quietly declined, or maybe they’re both in the running?

That aside, I can see why Rain might be a fit for The Time I’ve Loved You, since he’s worked with writer Min Hyo-jung before in 2004’s mega-hit Full House, which extended his Hallyu fame and solidified his transition from pop singer to actor. Age-wise and image-wise, I can see him playing longtime buddies with Ha Ji-won, and the two were previously paired in a music video back in 2008 for “Love Story” (see below). Still, I much preferred the idea of Lee Jin-wook in that role, so I’d be disappointed to have Rain step in when I got so excited about that other thing. (I know, that’s my fault for getting excited.)

Warm and Cozy seems an odder fit to me, since that’s the role that had previously courted Kim Woo-bin, and I’m pretty sure most of us wouldn’t think of Kim Woo-bin and Rain as actors who’d go up for the same roles. And opposite Kang So-ra? Erm.

There was a time in my life when I was a huge Rain fan, but sadly, I realized with the incredibly awkward and milquetoast She’s So Lovable that that love has waned. To be fair, that drama’s terrible writing and acting were contributing factors, and neither of those things will be in play with these two dramas. Even so, I would rather hold out for a better fit in both cases.

The Time I’ve Loved You, 7000 Days is currently looking at a weekend timeslot on SBS, to begin in June after Divorce Lawyer in Love. Over on MBC, Warm and Cozy plans to air in May.

Via Star News, Osen

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Lee Jin-wook can't have said no to two dramas! I've seen him in a drama each of the last four years, and so the trend must continue!

I would be disappointed to if he didn't take this drama too :(

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Same here.......................... :(

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I would be like if Rain casts as Korean Ding Li Wei.

And Lee Jin Wook casts as Korean Li Da Ren. Since Bolin chan was TW-Han Seung Woo (Miss Granny/20 Once Again)

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well he could have said no to one on getting offered the other then got shafted when they swtiched to Rain, a much bigger name after all and he ends up with none..kind of like the dog with a bone

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Does that mean Woobin is a confirmed No for the Hong Sisters drama? I'm disappointed for real.

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If not Kim Woobin, I would have loved to see Seung Ho team up with Kang Sora again now that he's done with army. What better way than starring in a drama written by trusted writers? But I know that is never gonna happen.

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YSH is busy filming his movie now. And this trusted writers destroy us a chance to see Gong Yoo in drama for years

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Big never happened

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Exactly!! XD Gong Yoo needs a drama comeback like now..

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He's a confirmed 'no' as of a couple of days ago.

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+ 1 :(

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I was upset the whole day when Kim Woo Bin dropped out but grew excited at the possibility of casting Park Seo Joon (Dream High 2 reunion) or Kang Ha Neul (Misaeng reunion). Both are overdue for leading a (network) drama, and a Hong Sisters drama will hopefully boost them to superstardom. Plus, they're much closer in age to Kang So Ra. I just can't see Rain starring opposite of her. Besides the horrid acting in My Lovely Girl, I was really turned off by the pairing of Rain and Krystal for a myriad of reasons with their age difference being at the top of the list.

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Only problem is, the last few lead roles in Hong Sisters dramas have gone to established male leads. Woo Bin has been a second lead in dramas but now he has lead roles in two movies this year. That firmly plants him in male lead category. I don't know if the major networks are ready to take a chance on Park Seo Joon as lead, but I think they should even though his only lead role has been in a cable drama. I think he would have amazing chemistry with Kang Sora. I adore Kang Ha Neul but I don't see him being able to carry a Hong Sisters drama. After 'Witch's Romance' and 'Kill Me, Heal Me', I think Park Seo Joon has the stuff to pull it off.

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I want to give Rain another chance. Love to see him with Ha Ji Won. It would need to be something angsty and involving action scenes to play to his strengths. Don't know if The Time I Loved You is the vehicle for that but I would watch it to find out. Gave up on She's Not That Cute after about 5 episodes. Thanks for the Love Story video! It was a nice indulgence in rainism.

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Exactly, people forget that Rain has had some very well received roles in the past, pre-ninja days and his later scandals. It's sad that his career has been greatly overshadowed by that, and his comeback drama was that epic fail of a drama with Chrystal.

I am not a Rain fan (not into his looks, music, nor majority of his roles) but that doesn't hide that he can be a solid actor when given the right tools.

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Rain sucks at acting seriously

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Hello Mick, have you watched A Love to Kill yet? I am sure you'll change ur opinion about his acting.

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I think Rain is better at acting when he has a meaty script. I can see him in the In Time With You remake. I like that is is age appropriate.

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I agree with you. Criticism that he was overacting in She's so Lovable I think stems from the fact that everything in that drama was so so underwhelming, he certainly stood out like a sore thumb.

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Same. I can see him in the best friend/guy next door type and can picture him in the role a lot better than jungsuk. But whoever gets picked, I'm so curious about this remake I'll definitely watch.

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I messed up, i meant jinwook. But I remember him from I Need Romance and i didnt like him in that, actually. And that character was sort of in the same area as this one. Best friend, in love for a long time etc. I didnt connect with his character in that at all.

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Based on the MV I can see this pairing doing pretty well if it happens.

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NOO I don't want rain in either projects..I was so excited for kim woo bin and kang so ra to pair up :(

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Me too! I don't really want to see Rain in either project when Lee Jin wook and Kim woo bin were offered the roles at first.

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Count me in.

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In complete opposite opinion to JB, I am just THRILLED to have Rain being courted for 7000 days instead of the boring and stale Lee Jin-wook. That guy is so unimpressive and I was quite surprised he'd be considered for a drama that HJW is most likely doing. I don't think he has the acting chops to pull off Da-ren's character the way Bolin magnificently did, and neither is he popular enough to be courted for the sake of well... Popularity.

This one's much much more promising and exciting to me. I totally see Rain pulling off the in-love, very understand and boy-next-door best friend. I don't think he'll out do the original, but he's my next choice after Gong Yoo and Go Soo.

As for the Hong Sisters drama, I'm not sure about Rain suiting Kang Sora - or the other way around. They'll probably look good but I'd much rather he be with Ha Ji-won instead. Same age group, and they've proven to be awesome together already.

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It is a big shoe to fill.....If Gong Yoo has no time to do this drama, Rain would be more equipped than Lee Jin wook whom I find very plain and lacks charisma.

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i think lee jin wook is better actor than rain or gong yo i watch many of his drama but i admit he's not as popular as them, i'm not too excited about lee jin wook consider drama with ha ji won it's because the charracter is too simple for him, but when i heard many comment about he didn't deserve the role because of he doesn't as popular as ha ji won half of me want him to take the role, but when i heard rain getting offer too, i feel sad for him if he getting ride because he's not popular
Popularity is not everything but korean industry seem prefer popular than good actor, it can be seen from award show in korea

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Better actor than Rain, but not Gong Yoo.

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Oh, I've seen a lot of his dramas too and my opinion sticks. He's hardly what I'd call a 'better actor' than Rain, forget Gong Yoo. Which is why the whole argument of Rain being much more popular therefore favoured is so wrong to me. He is much more well-known, yes. But he's also a much better actor.

Either way, Gong Yoo is easily the best choice for Da-ren and the chemistry would be great too. But if he isn't doing this, boy would I want it not ruined through Lee Jin-wook. He's way too boring and stiff for me.

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Lee Jin-wook's easily the better actor between the two when it comes to the question of versatility (I wonder what dramas you were watching, if his acting in Nine and The Three Musketeers read as "boring and stiff").

Rain is REALLY good in melodramas when they have good scripts, but in comedy? Not so much.

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Your 'easily' is purely an opinion that I absolutely do not share. You don't need to wonder what I was watching. I saw both the dramas you mentioned and found Lee Jin-wook extremely 'boring and stiff'. He's dull, and frankly, mediocre if I was being nice. That's my assessment just like I think Rain did fabulously well in the comedic parts of Fugitive Plan B. You can choose not to think otherwise, I ain't forcing anyone.

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Considering the ease with which I've seen you get defensive about comments similarly assessing Kim Soo-hyun's limited acting range post-Dream High, the "I aint' forcing anyone" bit sounds somewhat ....disingenuous, to put it mildly.

I'd have thought you would get what it's like to have others pronounce an actor they find talented "mediocre" or at least know to expect disagreement based on your own past reactions, but I guess it's not so easy when the shoe is on the other foot.

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How precious! I find it pretty darn amusing that you'd remember my comments on KSH in an article posted a while ago. I actually feel special, so thanks! Now back on topic, I don't force anyone to think like me, and similarly don't want others to expect me to think like them. My memory isn't good like yours but I'd like you to point me at that exact comment I apparently made on forcing you to think like I do. I couldn't care less what u feel on KSH - or anyone for that matter - so if I see that I did 'force' you, I'd apologize then.

If you choose to reply to a comment I made (which you way too often do), then I'm replying back to say I think you're totally wrong (which is even more often). I ain't stopping you, just telling you to expect a reply.

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@Mandy oh so people can't reply to your comments now, huh? You so special that you can go around replying to people on other posts but no one can reply to you more than a fixed number of times because it's such an honour!

Negative opinion expressed on your bias leads to furious and defensive rant from you about why he' s so great, you can't let it go as "just an opinion" then. But you diss an actor others like and when they reply you go "aint forcing anyone". Double standards lol.

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"oh so people can’t reply to your comments now, huh? You so special that you can go around replying to people on other posts but no one can reply to you more than a fixed number of times because it’s such an honour!"

Umm. WUT? Let me quote myself and if you can't understand a simple statement, then I'll just let you live in your delusions :)

"If you choose to reply to a comment I made (which you way too often do), then I’m replying back to say I think you’re totally wrong (which is even more often). I ain’t stopping you, just telling you to expect a reply."

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Mandy I really think the delusional one here is you. You should get therapy or something since you obviously have a problem with people disagreeing with you and choose to express it in bitchy language and borderline personal attacks. I only used the same tone as you did to others, looks like you're the type who likes to, as they say, dish it but can't take it. I am not surprised.

I find it hilarious that you mock the other commenter (sorry can't see the name, no scrolling) for remembering your comments in the past when you also clearly remember theirs and try to say they reply to you "way too often" How often is 'often enough', then, that you are able to say they go over that limit? You know this is an open comment section, right? That means you don't own the right to decide who does and does not reply to you. and also that you disagree with them a lot.

And you conveniently ignore the second para of my previous comment, but I do not expect someone in the grip of poorly disguised passive-aggressive keyboard rage to read properly anyway. I have nothing more to say and no desire to read another rant.

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pigsnout: i like ur screen name! but u tell someone to get therapy after accusing them of making personal attacks on someone else ? ironic. u knw wht they say: practice wt u preach.

mandy: i like lee jin wook oppa too specially in “I need romance”. you should see that, he is good playing nice guys but in this one maybe he is second lead ? he can try something diff since n another website said he could be second lead cz the news did not mention wht character the production want him to play.

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Just my own opinion, but I find Lee Jin-wook irritating. There are a couple of actors whom I find uncomfortable to watch. I won't list out all, but LJW is one of them. I don't know if it's his acting style or that his characters all seem unlikeable. I don't like Rain in the role too, and I can't decide who I dislike more. I'm skeptical of Rain's acting. Fugitive Plan B was really a bore for me and I didn't like Full House too, but I won't write him off and say that he's not good in comedy.

However, I do like Mandy's choices of Gong Yoo and Go Soo though. I think Gong Yoo is the best option by far, his disposition and resemblance to Bolin Chen makes his case stand out. He and Ha Ji-won will make a power couple and they are the perfect cast if SBS does want to revive their weekend slot. Go Soo on the other hand, I can totally see him portraying a beta male lead. He's just a little too good-looking for the role, but hey, no one's going to complain about that. The main thing is, I think Go Soo is actually free! That makes me question if SBS is really going all out to find the perfect male lead, because other than Rain and Lee Jin-woo there really are better choices out there.

And this whole brouhaha about the casting. Firstly, I do feel that it's a little rude on both Lee Jin-wook and Rain's part. I mean, I'll be okay if they just reject the offer for the original drama, but both of them rejected it and came out saying that they are considering In Time With You (or whatever the Korean title is). To me, it's equivalent to saying that they don't want to work with Jang Nara/Kang Sora but still they jumped at the opportunity to work with Ha Ji-won. I know HJW is HJW, but you have to have a little tact in doing this. I actually childishly hope that Hello Monster and Jejudo Gatsby become huge hits now. And talking about this brings me to the point that if both of them kept quiet about this, they wouldn't have to face the embarrassment of missing out on this role and the previous one as well. I do think that Lee Jin-wook made a bad move this time. Rain came out and say he's considering this when Lee Jin-wook released the news first. What does this mean? I would say that either Rain is the clear front-runner, or that their agency is making a huge mistake and I think the former is more likely. Anyway, this round of casting news is so interesting though that it makes good entertainment. Perhaps even better than the drama.

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I thought Rain was god-awful in Full House. He over acted and yelled too much and he certainly wasn't great with comedy back then. But since, I think he's improved on that aspect and I quite loved him in Fugitive. That though, could be because his character and the drama were lots of fun for me. LJW is always just stale in everything I've seen him in. Unfortunately, I've seen a lot.

But yes, idealistically, SBS would be smart enough to court Go Soo. The only thing is, they may already have and got rejected. I do think he's too handsome for the nice best friend role in the original but he's so good that it wouldn't have mattered.

It's interesting that you point out how both essentially rejected one by claiming they had another choice. I do however feel that in Rain's case, SBS might've decided to jump the gun after MBC's announcement on the weekend. Like they didn't know he had another offer from another high profile project so made it public that they're also courting him. Just a hunch although I do agree it feels a little insulting for Jang Nara in particular given how established she also is. I feel drama casting these days have really been getting out of hand with all the public offers and refusals. I'm sure lots if actors declined offers in the past but we were never aware of it. Now it feels like everything is out in the open and it surely affects the expectations of the viewers too. Secretly though, I'm loving the drama. It makes everything so much more interesting than it used to be lol.

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I'll still hold on to this tiny weeny bit of hope. With how things are going, who knows? SBS did say that they are approaching several actors. Maybe Go Soo is one!

Well, if SBS jumped the gun, then it does mean that Rain is the front-runner doesn't it?

Anyway, Jang Nara is either extremely unlucky that KBS is always using her for their crap timeslots or that she is extremely lucky so KBS is always using her for their crap timeslots. And I agree it's probably a little insulting for her given that she's quite established. I was actually shocked that Jang Nara was possibly going to take Hello Monster, because I didn't think she'll take a supporting female lead opp Lee Jin-wook. I've never really seen her act in a male-centric drama till recently and if she does it's Jang Hyuk (and FTLY isn't exactly male-centric) and Shin Ha-kyun mind you. She may not be the most famous actress, but most of her dramas revolve around her alone.

I'm loving the casting drama too. Awesome stuff.

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Tbh, I'm also holding on hope for both Go Soo and Gong Yoo until someone else accepts the offer. I suppose more importantly, Ha Ji-won isn't confirmed either so this could all just collapse lol.

Yea I most definitely think Rain is front-runner over LJW. If they're both ready to do it, I can't imagine SBS would pick the latter over Rain simply based on popularity (I'll just exclude acting since opinions vary). I did hear murmurs that LJW might have been courted for the second lead jerk. That makes some sense although dropping out of co-starring Jang Nara with a decent PD-writer combo for that doesn't seem anywhere close to smart from him and his agency.

I can see why one would prefer co-starring HJW given her fantastic track record with hit dramas but JN is on par with her in terms of Hallyu fame. I too hope she doesn't settle for being second to anyone in her dramas because she's more than capable of headlining her own. If she does think a project is good, I hope her costars are as capable as Jang Hyuk, etc. instead of mediocre ones.

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OMG YES! Well-said!

I prefer RAIN over LEE JIN WOOk anyway.

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I actually do not mind this. My original choice would've been GONG YOO but I don't mind seeing her with Rain again. I prefer him over Lee Jin Wook--he's still a bit too stiff for me. I can't take him too seriously.

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I'm with you on Gong Yoo with Ha Ji won. Maybe even Lee Dong Wook.

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I'm with you on Gong Yoo too! But I heard he is busy with movies :(

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My Gong Yoo hopes are slowly trickling down the drain... T T

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Still wishing and hoping for gong yoo until official confirmation.

Anyway here is for those like me wanting GY-HJW to happen https://youtube.com/watch?v=Ap5540P0ZVs

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Gong Yoo please :(

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Rain is really good at acting. so I am looking forward to seeing his new drama.

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*deflates* Ah, I can't help being disappointed with this news. I don't dislike Rain, but I'd rather see someone else as the lead for both. Lee Jin-wook for In Time With You remake and I would LOVE to have Kim Woo Bin as a lead in Warm and Cozy, but I guess that's not looking to likely at this point. Still, someone else besides Rain.

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I wish I could appreciate rain acting, but I don't, everything I have seen him in I hated (the drama and him in it), so my opinion on him saying yes to any of those projects is really just no, then again he could totally surprised me...but I really .. no...

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I hope he does something soon. Even though I didn't finish it, I still need to wash the tadte of She's So Boring out of my mouth.

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"She's so boring" . . . i Loled so much :)))))))i'm Rain's fan for a looong time, i love his actin more than his singing, but his last drama was impossible for me to watch, the plot was terible, the cast was a big mistake x10times. . . . but this drama i like, the plot is good and HJW is one of the best, with this i think i can see the Rain i know and like

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I'd prefer that he not take either project and just stick to singing. If he has to take one I'd rather it be The Time I’ve Loved You, 7000 Days. I still hold out hope that Kang So-ra will do the Hong Sisters Warm and Cozy and honest truth to me Rain is an oddity in I think he looks older than his age whereas Kang So-ra looks her age in that respect I think he matches Ha Ji-won better. Acting wise I don't really think he can match either one but my opinion has no effect on who will get cast.

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Agreed, Rain should just stick to singing.... I would be less interested in whatever drama he took. Which is sad because I love Ha Ji Won and Kang So Ra

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My guess is that Lee Jin-wook was never offered the role of the leading man. Maybe the second lead or something. Anyway, this is still disappointing for me. Where's Gong Yoo? I wish they got guys higher on my wish list.

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Someone said Rain is better in acting than Lee Jin Wook. Another one said Lee Jin Wook is good in acting over Rain. Guys, the actors will prove their profesionalism and better actors when they are provided by poor scripts but still can shine. Gong Yoo (Big), Hyun Bin (Hyde Jekyl and Me), Eric (Spy Myung Wol) and Kang Ji Hwan (Lie To Me) are the examples for that case. IMO, Rain failed to show his best performance in trashy script My Lovely Girl.

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Eric only fairly recently really improved his acting (and I'd say from the little that I watched, LJW was better in Spy than Eric).

But yes, good actors can generally make the best of a bad script.

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I don't understand why people keep drag Eric's name everywhere while this article even didn't mention his name AT ALL. And more don't understand when still there is people saying he just improved recently. I watched all of his dramas from Run to the recent one Discovery of Love. Yes he was awkward in Run and even in Bulsae (the drama that he got huge popularity). But he improved a lot in Super Rookie. Whoever said Eric improved just recently should watch Super Rookie. He was the only one carried the story from the beginning till the end. And I don't think anyone can pull Kang Tae Joo's character in Que Sera Sera as good as Eric. Eric's character was much more diverse than Lee Jin Wook's character in Spy Myung Wol (which act as wooden and stiff commander). So how can you said Lee Jin Wook was better than Eric? So, please stop saying something bulshit. Sorry for long comments. I just don't like people saying negative things about others when they even don't know the actual facts. And please stop dragging Eric's name everywhere.

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Calm down girl. I don't have any intention to drag's Eric name. I just wanna say he's one of the actor that I remember still could shine with the horrible script. And indeed I know he is pretty awesome actor especially from Phoneix, Que Sera Sera and Discovery of Love.

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LJW's character in SMW was of a NK, so I can forgive him for being a bit "wooden."

Didn't say Eric was a bad actor earlier, but he showed his greatest growth as an actor in "Discovery of Love" - in part, b/c the role allowed him to flex his acting muscles.

There, we got to see Eric emote which just slight changes in his facial expressions and/or body language.

Eric filmed the movie "Diary of June" around the same time he did "Super Rookie" and while his role in that wasn't particular demanding, had zero problem was his portrayal as the junior cop in the partnership.

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I like Eric the best in Que Sera Sera and his actings in Super Rookie also was awesome and entertaining to watch. And I got feelings, the comedy is really easy for him to do even without trying. I respect him as a person since he showed continiously improving in whatever he's doing whether as an actor or idols and Discovery of Romance is the prove of that.

As his actings in Spy Myung Wol. He delievered well since Kang Woo's character is a mix between dorky, arrogant fellow but soft in heart. I think this kind of complecated character also he did very well.

Lee Jin Wook, still I don't get his actings appeal. If you said wooden commander, but what I saw, he just being monoton and expressionless. But yeah, it's just me I guess.

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Eric definitely wasn't anywhere near good in Spy Myung Wol (terrible drama) but Lee Jin Wook was completely wooden in that show. At least Eric attempted facial expressions.

I've only seen one show I've found Lee Jin Wook better than average in, so I guess I just can't connect to him onscreen.

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Personally, Eric was the only one that I found had awesome actings in that crap and super messy scripts. Not to mention the 'runaway' scandal involved. That's why I was so excited when I heard Eric was casted in Trot Lovers, but he declined then Discovery of Romance. Okay, let's forget it. It's all past story.

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Well said! I agree! Good actors can still shine even in a badly scripted drama. I've watched Big, Lie to me & currently Hyde Jekyll because the lead actor brought their character to life even if every other aspects of the drama sucks. (Haven't watched Spy yet but I loved Eric in Discovery of romance) ?

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Exactly..!! I always love Gong Yoo, Hyun Bin, Kang Ji Hwan and Eric with almost all of their dramas. Hoping these actors get more projects for the future. They have looks and talents.

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Still haven't watch Big of Gong Yoo but I heard his actings was great in there. Hyun Bin and Eric were the only good things in Hyde Jekyl and Me and Spy Myung Wol that made me could still watch until finish (and almost finish for Hyde Jekyl and Me). I even didn't have any idea Eric has idol background that time because I thought his actings could convince me. And Kang Ji Hwan and Yoon Eun Hye's chemistry was the one that keep me watching till the end of the series.

I also think Rain is pretty good actor. He showed good actings in his previous works. You should try to watch his previous work including his movies before army.

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in other news Suzy and Lee Min Ho are confirmed to be dating LOOOL

Power couple

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I got woken up minutes before my alarm by a whatsapp message from my LMH obsessed friend about this. She was so sore about the tidbit that the two checked-in together at the Shangri-la while in London Lol.

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I'm upset Suzy is no longer dating Sung Joon (if ever). They made such a beautiful couple and are closer in age.

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Power couple indeed. As of right now, "supposedly" they've only been dating for less than a month. Just imagine the shock-waves & reactions if the news scoop had confirmed their engagement or a set wedding date instead.

Will Lee Min-Ho/LMH + Bae Su-ji/Suzy "Miss A" = M² ?

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I was really looking forward to KimWooBin and KangSoRa to star in the Hon sister drama... DaRN!! i am sooo sad right now.
Nevertheless i look forward to Kim woo bin to take a lead in a summer drama.

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One of them could be the asshole ex boyfriend role

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I wonder who's going to be cast as Maggie.

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Does this mean Kim Woo Bin said no :(
WHY?

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Yes Kim Woo Bin has declined the offer for Hong sisters drama that's why Rain was asked. Looks like Rain may opt for Ha Ji Won drama instead.

Well Hong sisters better look for a male lead fast. They should try Lee Jong Suk.

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LJS taking over a KWB rejected drama again? Hope not. If Rain's out Park Hae-jin would be my first choice.

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Park Hae Jin..!!! patiently waiting for his next drama project..
but he's fully booked though.. =(

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To be honest, I will never understand why people are always so caught up on this. Is it ego? If people let useless ego get in the way of choosing a project just because they're not first picks, then I don't even know what to say. Plus, the first name released to public a lot of the times isn't even first pick, they court a lot of people, that's just how the production business is and it's a long process in the making.

I personally wouldn't want Jongsuk in this though because I'm not a fan of Hong sister dramas (they always spiral down the drain during the second half) and the chaebol trope is annoying. I'm glad Woobin rejected this too, it's smart if he steers away from this typecasting.

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Umm, ego? I think you got way ahead of yourself. I hardly like Lee Jong-suk so it's not some ego I have that don't want him to do this lol. More like I'd rather see a more capable actor in Park Hae-jin for Kang Sora. I skipped Pinnochio because of LJS and don't want to do the same for this.

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i doubt Warm and Cozy really suitable project for LJS. He is not The Hong Sisters type male lead. Too sweet for them.

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I think Rain is a great actor. Rain showed his best performance in spite of the trashy script of MLG.
I can't wait. <3

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Rain would not fit in the role. I'll be truly disappointed if Lee Jin-wok turns down the part!

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Ah noooo... I said I wasn't ecstatic over Lee Jin Wook being courted for ITWY remake but I'm even more deflated now that Rain's name has been thrown in mix. I'm not a fan of him, nor his acting. So please, I'd rather have Lee Jin Wook than Rain any day. Rain has a similar vibe to Gong Yoo (my ideal Li Da Ren) than LJW but still, no. There are many other actors on my list who I'd rather see in this and I hope he turns this down.

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I like Rain for 7000 days. From watching how the lead was cast in the Taiwanese version I can see why they're pursuing him. But I'd like a re-pairing with JCW even better. It would seem he has a crush on HJW in real-life, and that chemistry would be innnnteresting to watch. ?

On the other hand, I'd like to see Lee Jin-wook in the Hong sisters drama. If they're aiming at giving us something Gatsby-esque, his looks, age, and ability to convey cool cynicism coupled with throw-caution-to-the-wind mischievousness, all seem like a good fit.

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I'm changing my wish list.

Using some of the the names being circulated in the casting rumors here's what I'd like to see ...admittedly in some very derivative casting:

7000 days: Han Groo and Lee Seung Gi. With Kim Seul Gi as manipulative second lead / romantic interest (since I'd rather be amused than annoyed). Choi Hwa Jung and Kim Jin Soo in a bit of Meta as Han Groo's parents and Lee Seo Jin as the perpetually non-committal ex boyfriend (seeing that he and LSG often come as a package deal, and... well...guess there's some meta there too).

Warm and Cozy: Dunno. Hard to say when we don't really know what it's about.

Vampire Scholar: Lee Jun Ki and Jang Na Ra. And Cha Seung Won as the vampire villain (if we could figure out how to clone him.)

Hello Monster: Ha Ji Won and Rain. With Henry - Rain's prodigy sidekick brought from New York - as the deceptively cheerful underling who can also manipulate evidence. Because every drama needs a geeeeenius.
And the norebang scenes would be pure awesomeness.

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Rain would be good for the second lead in "In Time With You". But for some reason I think he would be going for the main lead...

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'For some reason'...?

I mean, he is the more popular actor (and to me the much better one too) so I doubt he'd ever agree to play second fiddle to someone like Lee Jin-wook. I can totally see the argument for him to be Ding-wei though. Hot and such an ass. Yea, that's right up Rain's alley since he's played lots of those before.

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People have been suggesting the most ridiculous of things. Not that I'm disrespecting Lee Jin-wook, but when people think that Rain and even Shin Ha-kyun (like seriously?) will take a 2nd lead role next to him, I think they are delusional. Even if Rain does suit the other role more, it's inconceivable that he play a second fiddle to LJW.

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Meh. Imo, Lee Jin-wook’s the better fit for the ITWY remake. And now that’s Kim Woo-bin has bowed out of the Hong Sister’s drama casting game, my excitement for the drama all went down the drain. I like Kang Sora and I think she’s good, but personally I want the production to start from scratch and woo/cast other actors altogether. *cough cough* KIM SEUL-GI! *cough cough* PARK SEO-JOON! I will seriously sell my soul to see this dream drama pairing happen. Just imagine all the cute!

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How about JCW and HJW in ITWY?
(Start a petition for him to drop that creepy movie he's considering.)

*Dearie, don't sell your soul. It's worth more than anything you could get for it.* ?

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JCW looks and feels way too young to be “friends” with HJW for ITWY. And even though HJW looks so much younger than her age, there’s something about her that just exudes maturity and grace.

As for my soul, I personally think it’s a fair trade. After all, if this KSG-PSJ pairing comes through (even if not in this Hong Sisters drama), I am pretty much a goner already. I will already be dead from all the cuteness. Haha

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How about JCW and KSR in Hong sister's drama, I want to see him in a PURE Romantic role :)

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Ummm, no.

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Hum... Ji chang wook is too young for the role I think... Even if I love their chemistry together. Btw, the movie he is considering sounds not bad I think (Shim Eun kyung is also considering it)

Lee jin wook would be good for the role in ITWY and KWB for Hong sister drama but sad that it won't happen :/

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I want the Hong sisters drama to keep Kang Sora, frankly she deserves leading lady status after these many years of consistently good performances (and after the travesty that led her to be sidelined as a second lead in that drama she did last year).

But I do have doubts about Rain's ability to pull off comedy. Full House was very Hong sisters in a way, he played an arrogant jerk hero but I didn't feel convinced by his acting at all the way I did in A Love To Kill.

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Aaaaaah so sad sad sad!
Rain will be in 7000days for sure T__T
If only I were in charge for casting the male lead LOL

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I'd rather see Rain do ITWY than the Hong sister drama since I never really like a Hong sister drama after a couple episodes and I like Rain in more dramatic roles. I think Lee Jin Wook gives me more of the same aura as Bolin does but I think Rain is a better match with Ha Ji Won than Jin Wook

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lee min ho and Suzy are together!

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Lee minho!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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@dramaqueen

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Lee Min-Ho & Suzy are dating...
Oppa say it isn't so!
Ha, just kidding. Had to get my moment in the sun as a netizen/LMH fangirl. :)

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Meh. Never seen a good drama or movie with Rain in it, and that includes Full House where all he did was just yell at a woman.

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Ahhhhh take Warm and Cozy, Rain!

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Rain is a terrible actor, if he were to take either role I would probably drop that drama..... Please oh Please don't let him take ITWY, I love HJW to death and would hate for her to have to work with such a ham on a great series

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How about no to both? I am stuck with the idea of Lee Jin Wook/Ha Ji Won for that awesome plot of a drama. I really hope he signs on.

As for Warm and Cozy, I cannot imagine Rain with another girl born in the 90s after watching that no-chemistry She's So Loveable. Even though Kang Sora looks mature for her age, I just can't see it. I hope another actor similar to Kim Woo Bin signs on.

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KSR has good vhemistry with the Ugly Alert actor who's also an 82er.....but no to Rain for this.

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as for Warm and Cozy, how about Kang SoRa and Im JooHwan reunion?? i know Im JooHwan still dont have that big star power, but maybe this can be his breakthrough drama.. it'll gonna be hella awesome if we got to see this awesome OTP again..

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I think Rain is a miscast here. I can't see him doing a beta male. Well, that's just me. I hope if he ever signs on this drama, with ha ji won as CYQ, he will deliver. Still rooting for Gong Yoo #NeverGiveUp

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I'm in the process of slowly being fond of the idea of Lee Jin Wook x Ha Ji Won in ITWY then this news came out. Whyyyy

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I agree with ya javabeans.

As much as I would like to see Rain in a good drama, again, I feel like he doesn't quite fit the role the way Lee Jin-wook could...
There seems to be a more sweetheart vibe from Jin-wook that is so effortless (watch the film Miss Granny and you see what I mean). I could see him playing the nice-guy/protective role where Rain would play more of a cool/protective character which I feel doesn't suit the role.
Then again, I can't really speak for the direction the producers and director want to go in with the story. It may work. As long as they can adequately justify their choices, I might be able to accept it. Still, my heart was so attached to Jin-wook because I loved the original and could totally see him playing it out of all the guys courted for the role up to this point.

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No no please. Rain is a bad actor and is no Li Da Ren!!!!!!!! gong yoo!!!!

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Are there no more actors left in Korea? I like Rain, but I can't seem to understand what is going on with the casting for these upcoming dramas. Do the networks have deals re: who they can each cast or is it just media play? I give up. whatever happens, happens.

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so with all the popular male actors entering the army at the same time, they're going to turn to Rain? T.t

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I just don't think Rain would suit that In Time With You role and a pairing of him and Kang Sora doesn't stir any particular emotion from me. I would want him to reject both of these, to be honest, lol.

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I do like Rain. I watch all his project except the latest one with Krystal. After his military service, l lost interest on him, i dont know why. honestly I don't want him in both drama. I'm invest to much on Gong Yoo for for T-drama remake. Other actor as mention before Lee Jin Wook/ Jo In Sung/ Kim Rae Won is yes. Leave alone ro KimWoBin for Hong sister project (praying so hard he will take this roles. He and Kang Sora perfect combination) or Lee Jong Suk can take it if WooBin turn this down. Just big NO for Rain for both drama.

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But...but...but Lee Jinwook would've been perfect for in time with you :'( O don't dislike rain but I hope they cast lee jinwook. I can totally picture him as the i-love-you-but-I-cant-tell-you-cause-we're-friends kinda guy.

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oh noooo, rain would have to be the "handsome jerk"...
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Rain is not a bad actor but I don't see a Hong sisters drama suiting him, for that you need a stronger more versatile actor. Plus the pairing of him and Kang Sora, I don't see it working at all. I'd rather see someone more in her age group cast.

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He's an ok melo actor but he is not good at comedy and I don't think his acting style fits KSR. Better to have someone else for Hong sisters :-(

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It's Raining everywhere! (Excuse the pun ;p)

Age-wise I can see Rain being in ITWY remake more, though I cannot imagine Rain being Li Da Ren, because let's be real, there is only one Chen Bo Lin heh. I prefer Lee Jin Wook to take on this role a lot more, so I still hope that Rain would pass this up.

As for the Hong Sisters' drama, I cannot imagine him pairing up with Kang So Ra (if she accepts the role.) I really really really want someone born in the mid to late 80s to accept the role (JCW is my first choice heh!) so I hope he won't accept that either.

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Rain or Lee Jin Wook is okay for me. The most important thing is Ha Ji Won.

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And another thing. It's funny when people say "I can't imagine this actor will act as…bla..bla..bla.." C'mon, they're actors. They need to act with different roles. If they just stuck with what people think they look like…means they're not versatile… huffff….

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Ditto. This whole 'can't imagine' argument I keep hearing is a little unreasonable. Actors act, so if they pick something completely different from their image or what they've done in the past, then it doesn't mean they can't do it. ALTK was SO different from his rockstar image and he nailed it. Given the right script and costars, I'd imagine he'll do well.

It's the same for HJW. She does a lot of bad-ass roles, and she's perfect in them. I'm so glad she's doing something different this time because I'm certain she'll be fabulous.

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Exactly. I will appreciate an actor much more if they could act as the one that people "CAN'T IMAGINE'!!

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Just because someone acted or even starred in dramas doesn't automatically make them an "actor". Even if they are called an "actor" by technicality, it doesn't mean that they can actually "act".

If rain gets casted (heavens please don't), I think I'll just pretend this doesn't exist to prevent the memories of one of my all time favs from being soured.

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I think I came on a little too strong, but it's one of my favs, and I just can't bear it if the cast is anything less than stellar.

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I understand since it's your one of favorite drama. But, isn't it too much to evaluate something when it still didn't start yet? I like some of Rain's previous projects (definitely not My Lovely Girl). I know he's pretty good actor from his previous works. If team production offers this drama to him, and Ha Ji Won also confirm, I think I'll give it chance before come to any conclusions.

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"Just because someone acted or even starred in dramas doesn’t automatically make them an “actor”."

Yes undoubtedly. But just because someone did badly in a drama that basically no actor could've saved, it doesn't mean their previous performances no longer holds merit. If you've seen ALTK, Fugitive Plan B or Sang Doo and think Rain can't act, then I'll just assume we have very different measures in assessing 'acting'.

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Well, each actor has a certain style/vibe. It's possible for some styles to not fit some roles and that's what people can't imagine—the style + role coming together. Especially in a remake; it can be hard if to picture if the vibe an actor gives off is completely different from the last guy.

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DO NOT WANT RAIN AS LI DA REN 2.0. I mean, really, he's not the type that I can think of as a beta male. Like, it's not even in my mind's capacity to comprehend. Lee Jinwook not only kinda physically resembles Bolin Chen, but is also pretty believable as a beta male. Like, really, does anyone picture Ha Jiwon being all Cheng YouQing yelling at Rain and Rain's character not yelling back like he always does? It does not compute at all.

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^ That's the word! "Beta male." Can't imagine him as Li Da-ren, too.

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I'm sorry to his fans but I don't want him on both. First, he doesn't strike me as someone fit for In Time With You. The personality of the guy in that story is somewhat gentler and Rain is, well, far from a gentle guy in terms of physical appearance--especially the facial expressions. Second, I agree with Girlfriday that it's odd for a role that has been offered to Kim Woo-bin (a 25 year old guy) to be offered to Rain (a 32 year old guy). Reason is also because there isn't even a semblance to the both of them since Rain DOES look older now. So the production team of Warm and Cozy should look into a lead guy that's closer to Woo-bin. More than that, Rain just never struck me as a good actor. Maybe there's a chance that he can prove me wrong in one of these series, but still, nope.

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