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Choi Woo-shik, Lee Dong-hwi consider joining Entourage


Choi Woo-shik, Seo Kang-joon
Lee Kwang-soo, Jo Jin-woong, Lee Dong-hwi

I wondered who they’d get to play the main character when Im Shi-wan turned down tvN’s remake of Entourage, but I’m happy with the move to court Choi Woo-shik (Ho-gu’s Love) for the role. He’s perfect for the everyman manager to a movie star (the Eric character in the original), a boy-next-door type who gets thrown into the world of showbiz when his best friend becomes a star. On the outside he’ll naturally look like the sidekick, but in the drama, he’ll be the lead.

The HBO original series is about a star and his entourage making it big in Hollywood, and all the attendant highs and lows of stardom; tvN’s remake will set the story in the Korean entertainment industry. Seo Kang-joon (Cheese in the Trap) has been offered the role of the movie star (Vince in the original), the vapid pretty boy actor with delusions of artistic grandeur.

Both Lee Kwang-soo (It’s Okay, It’s Love) and Jo Jin-woong (Signal) are still considering their offers as well. Lee Kwang-soo is up for the role of the star’s cousin, a minor actor who’s desperate for more fame (Johnny Drama), while Jo Jin-woong is up for the Ari role — a shark agent who’s well connected and wound tight.

And last but not least, Lee Dong-hwi (Answer Me 1988) has been offered the Turtle character — the other best friend from the old neighborhood who grew up with the star and the manager. He’s the least useful of the group, since he mostly does the menial work, like driving the car and doing chores around the house. He’s a slacker type who always bombs with girls and gets endlessly teased by his friends. With Lee Dong-hwi in the role, I can see him being the comic relief, while managing to make the loser character endearing.

I actually hope that the remake will be a little more to my taste — that is, less douchey than the original. A lot of it rides on the manager character because we have to like him and be on his side when everyone around him acts out, which is why I like the idea of Choi Woo-shik in the role. I mean, Eric’s no angel, but he’s at least a guy we should be able to relate to.

Entourage plans to follow Memory on Fridays and Saturdays this summer, though there’s also talk of it being considered for a midnight timeslot due to its content (it’ll be nowhere near HBO-levels of risqué, of course, but that means there’s a chance it’ll try). The jury’s still out on whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

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YES
It's been a long time since the last time I watched Choi Woo Shik on TV.

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Yay for Choi Woo Shik, please sign onn

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+1 Yay! I hope he confirms too.

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He was fantastic in Hogu's Love although I have a slight fear he may be typecasted as that wimpy character all the time

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Huh, thinking about it now, Choi Woo Shik would be a very good fit for the Eric character. I've only seen him as Hogu, but he does likable very well.

So far, the stars being courted for this drama show that the production team understand the general character chemistry and the need for a strong ensemble cast. Really curious about how this adaptation will turn out.

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At least Seo Kang Joon will be the "star" of the drama... Heh

For the record, I'm not hating on SKJ.

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Will his character "take over" the screen again this time?

Sorry for my sentiment. I don't hate him btw.

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Seo Kang Joon will be the second lead......who is actually the first lead. ☻$ ↔ ☺♫

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As long as there are no pianos I'm on board xD

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Relax guys there won't be any piano but the oST will be... fur elise...

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LMAO You people are funny.

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Lol..you're too funny :D
Indeed I've been traumatized by his piano playing. Please, show, let us hear something different that doesn't remind me of the Cheese torture.

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Also no personal hating on SKJ - I even follow the guy on Instagram - but after the Cheese drama I would think other actors might be leery of working with him for a while.

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YES I NEED CHOI WOO SHIK AGAIN IN A DRAMA! Sorry for yelling but i have been this guy's fan since Fated To Love You and he wasnt even the lead in that and then my love for him grew more in hogoos love and now i just love this guy and im so excited for him coming about to dramaland after his movue journey and i hope he signs on to this project. I was already going to watch this for lee kwang soo and jo jin woong (sorry im not that familiar with Lee Dong Hwi) but now if he accepts this offer i have one more reason to watch this. Also i have only seen Seo Kang Joon in one other drama so yeah but i believe he IS good in comedy. Sorry for the rant!

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Such a talented and good performing ensemble cast are being courted...and then we have Seo Kang Joon.

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Not a fan of his acting (or shall I say overacting), but I thought he did really well in Cheese in the Trap. It could be that he just lucked out with the PD and the improvement is temporary (like Lee Yeon Hee in Miss Korea or Go Ara in Reply 1994), but I no longer hate to see his name on casting news. But I have to agree that so far this drama's actor line up is hella impressive.

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I think he is pretty ordinary. I didn't see his previous shows to compare the performance with Cheese (though i heard he sucked in Hwajung), but i find him pretty lackluster, and it's a pretty honest opinion. So i m wonder whether he'll be able to keep up with the cast which is so top notch. Lot of hard-work out there for him, since he might be the lead (lol)

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SKJ's performance was really bad in Hwajung (so did Lee Yeon-hee). I finished that show with much difficulty because seriously Cha Seung-won was the only awesome one and he was gone halfway the show.

But I have to say that SKJ improved in Cheese. I think with his acting level now, he cannot do a serious mature character, which also means he can probably do well with his role in Entourage.

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Those two should definitely stay the heck away from sageuks.

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I've only seen him in Cheese and, while I didn't think he was extraordinary, I think he did a good job. His acting was natural (the most important thing to me because there's little hope of growth if you look awkward onscreen) and at times quite touching.

Was he working with a strong cast and/or strong directors in his other dramas? I think that and cast chemistry can have a strong effect on someone's acting, especially if they're still relatively new.

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Im not a fan of SKJ either, but whatever happened behind the curtain of CITT, he is not the person to blame. It's the PD. Yeah, that PD, WHO YOU KNOW WHO...

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What i am saying is Seo kang joon is a weak actor, not at par with the likes of jo jin woong, lee dong hwi and choi woo shik.
I m totally indifferent to the offscreen drama of cheese. I totally don't judge actors on rumours, its the onscreen performance and aura that matters - and skj surely doesn't score points in those.
As far as the CITT mess is concerned, i agree its the PD who should have handled the show well...but this is not the place to talk abt it i guess :/

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I wonder if they messed up Cheese in the Trap for Seo Kang Joon's early promotion? Anyway, im not watching it. Fuck you, TVN

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Rumors said so......

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Ssaeng much? LOL

Seriously, do you guys know how hateful and crazy this ongoing vitriol sounds?

I know a lot of people got swept up in being upset. But the big picture is that it was only a drama based on something that's only a cartoon. It's over now. Time to move on. You'll feel lots better when you do. ?

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There's no time stamp on (drama) trauma.

I do think ppl could hold off on blaming SKJ since we don't know what went on but its belittlng to tell ppl they should move on from pain, big or small.

You learn that in Psychology. It may be little to you but there are probably reasons (associations usually) why it wasn't for someone else. It really doesn't help to dismiss feelings and invalidate them. That's what Jung's father did and look how well that turned out.

I've moved on by binge watching Liar Game.

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TVN should really stop ruining great dramas for the sake of viewer's ratings

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Seo Kang-joon is on a roll

.... you sure the character Eric will be the lead? #nothatinghim #fresh #trauma

(don't know how i feel about this, didn't really like the original)

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Exactly my sentiment!

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Entourage is one of my fave series. Oh yes, i like this douchey and trashy drama. And not ashame of it hahaha..

Actually from all characters, i loved Ari Gold character the most.
I wonder jinwoong can play it like a true a-hole ???

I kinda hope donghwi as turtle will steal the spotlight, that will be refreshing compare to the original.

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Yess! It's been a long time choice woo shik.
But seriously, why do everyone have to bring up seo kangjun? Please separate the drama from the actor smh

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Why would Eric character be the lead from what i remember about the HBO show it was an ensemble drama. Or is it changing drastically??

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At this rate Seo Kang Joon will be the new tvN golden boy.
By no means I hate him as a person, but I got sick he's shoved everywhere down to our throats and it's not like his acting is really THAT good either.

Oh and I hope the PD will be good this time around, I'm gonna judge you tvN if you can't do your job properly this time around!

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SkJ acting is only so so.. Saw him in Sly and Single, and Hwajung. His acting n Lee Yeon hee's acting killed all my love for the show after Chajumma's role died. Finally regained some hope in him in citt, but when we got to the 2nd half of citt, his delivery of the deeper emotional nuances start to fall flat again. Maybe the neverending piano contributed to my irritation..

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I actually liked Lee Yeon hee in Miss Korea..

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Awww I just love Choi Woo-shik! He's perfect in terms of image for Eric and would probably have great bromance with Seo Kang-joon too. Overall, it's a killer cast if they manage to secure everyone. I'm honestly looking forward to this so fingers and toes crossed that it's good. Don't disappoint me, show!

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If they lock down this cast as it is, we should be in for a great show.

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Well. I'd be down for this cast. Every one of them.

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Omo, omona...*hearts in the eyes*

If they all sign on then I have no other way than to watch this. Choi Woo-shik! Please come back to the small screen!

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Give this drama to me with this line-up. Drama Gods, are you listening?

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YASSS choi woo shik I can support. He's always been a very likeable actor. Park seo joon on the other hand, has always been on my blacklist. I've found him boring since his appearance on roommates and haven't been able to bring myself to follow his works. I even didn't watch the drama that must not be named (lol) cuz of him even though i LOVE my bae park hae Jin

Seems like I dodged a bullet cuz according to the news it seems that drama pretty much went to shit.

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You must be referring to Seo Kang-joon on Roommates. Park Seo Joon is a another actor from Heal me, Kill me. No offense, but I only meant to correct the identification.

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I mean mis-identification.

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But I must say, the amount of shade thrown at KSJ on this comment section is savage. Lol. Poor boy.

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Did not watch CITT, which sounds like it is a good thing. Thus, my comment has nothing to do with the "hate" on SKJ. I just can't see him as Eric though. His acting is not good. I loved Entourage, so please do not ruin it for me.

I love LKS, JJW and LDH for their roles. I can see how they fit and can make it their own.

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Jo Jin-woong please turn turn this down.

This sounds like a disaster in comparison with the original.

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I can see Jo Jin Woong playing Ari. You could copy+paste his character from An Ethics Lesson (watered down ofc), and I loved that asshole. But yeah, as much as I love seeing him more often, I'd prefer him safe in Chungmuro instead of this. Then again, maybe this is his karma for making us cry in Signal lol.

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I have no doubt he can play Ari as well as Jeremy Piven. It's the rest of this cast that I don't care for. He is going to carry this drama and I much prefer to see him back in Chungmuro too.

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I don't know why but I have a bad feeling about this drama and I wish Jo Jin Woong would avoid it.

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Why everyone is hating on Seo Kang Joon? I personally love his acting since What Happens In My Family. For someone that is introverted, to act as Baek In Ho in Cheese in the Trap, is awesome. What else do you want from him?
I'm not offended. I just don't understand people hatred on him.

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He has unintentionally become the face of CITT's failure. I think it will blow over as long as he does well in his other projects, though. I don't really think anything is his fault. But people need time, lol. Then there are some who are just apprehensive of his skills, which I get/is understandable.

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and yay for Choi Woo Shik! I really want to see him acting again after Hogu.

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I remember the dance he did in Hogu's Love .I replayed it over and over because it was one of the funniest things I have ever seen. He is an amazing actor!

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Thank you for explaining the show. :)

Based on your description, casting sounds perfect so far.

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No major actor should take the lead role in this drama, because surely be moved quickly by Seo Kang-joon. I think not even dare to directly give a leading role because he is clear that he has not the ability, popularity and skills to carry the weight it means to be an actor the main protagonist. Remember what happened with Cheese in the Trap, this could happen in Entourage also because it is the same television station TVN and power of the sponsor of Seo Kang-Joo.

Something I'm sure, never seeing more drama where it acts Seo Kang-Joo

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Wow!!! I totally gonna watch this only because our little dragon Choi Woo Shik! I had a crush on him about 4 years now,he's been my number one for 4 years and i love his acting so much...love him so much!

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