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Confirmed: Park Hae-jin returns to dramaland for Man to Man

Are we tired of Park Hae-jin (Cheese in the Trap) news yet, or is that not possible? He’s certainly been in a lot of headlines lately. At least time it comes with a confirmation: He will be tackling the lead in Man to Man, a drama in the works for cable channel JTBC, in which he’ll play a bodyguard to a top star.

There’s probably no need to even rehash the details of the plot since you probably still remember them all since the last update about this project mere days ago, which has attached Descended From the Son’s second writer, Kim Won-seok. There’s little other information available about the plot other than that Park Hae-jin will be mysterious and multi-skilled, which seems eminently within his range.

At least now we can turn our attention to which actor they’ll cast opposite him as the famous movie star, and whether he’ll have better luck with JTBC than he did with tvN, although overall you can say cable’s been good to him (we can include OCN’s Bad Guys on that list, and really, even Cheese was a success ratings-wise). Scheduling hasn’t been announced, but barring big changes, I’m expecting it’ll go into JTBC’s Friday-Saturday drama timeslot.

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Finally a big yay now that it's confirmed! But that doesn't mean he's definitely written off the proposal of cheese movie right, although that remains a huge dilemma for me...

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"Are we tired of Park Hae Jin news yet, or is that not possible?"

Yes to that first question, and no to the second.

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For a while there, I only saw "CONFIRMED: PARK HAE-JIN RETURNS". Felt unexplainable dread when I thought about him being confirmed to reprise the Yoo Jung role.

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Literally me when I read the title. I was like, Wait wha--? OH. I'm glad PHJ has decided to take on this project. I'm a fan of his, will totally watch Man to Man (I wonder who they'll get as the celeb he's protecting?), and now I'm interested in checking out his past projects. Seems like some people really liked him in Bad Guys, so that'll be next on my ever-growing list of dramas to try.

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HE IS AMAZING IN BAD GUYS and the drama is top notch as well! I watched it after Cheese in the trap for the same reasons as you and it did not disappoint! :)

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Same! I'm watching Bad Guys right now. Hee.

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Bad Guys as a drama is already awesome.. and Park Hae Jin is amazing there.
You need to watch it.. soon.. *push..push..* ^_^

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yeah, go watch Bad Guys, this one is good. ^^

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I liked Bad Guys and the acting (by the whole cast) was good but have to admit that it was a bit too hardcore for me. Had to skip a few episodes there.
Trying to avoid spoilers but ppl who have seen it will know the villains are not nice ppl (well, when the good guys are this bad, the villains have to be bad enough to make hardcore murderers cringe, so).
The plot twists are daebak. Watch it by all means but if you have a low tolerance for gore, violence, etc...I recommend having the fast forward button ready.

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Yup..I fast forwarded the violent scenes or closed my eyes. Being like that, I really enjoyed Bad Guys and if becomes one of my favourite series. Waiting for Bad Guys 2!! *and hoping that they tone down the violence*

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The top star will be a man, right? Looking forward for this.. Somehow I'm glad he picked a cable drama for his comeback...

This confirmation makes me happier than him being offered to reprise Jung in CITT movie, strangely.

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me too

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Agree. Happier about this than possible reprisal of Yoo Jung role.
I like to see PHJ in action scenes too.

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thANKS @ drama gods. tbh i can't wait to see him in this. as for the cheese film.... eh i'm not holding my breath for it. (never tired of phj news tbh he's finally gaining more attention and it makes me happy)

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nice news for Park Hae Jin,
I hope it do great for him

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No to your questions JB XD
And thank god for this really so that I can forget all the cheese news especially the recent ones~
hopefully it would be good and looks forward to it~
please treat him well~

*still praying hard he decline that movie*
*lit candles, almost burn self, makes a prayer circle*

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Us tired of PHJ news? Never! I agree. Maybe finally, we will be able to move on. I hope for a great script for him. Great director... great ratings. I know JTBC hasn't been blessed with high ratings yet, but I hope it will get higher ratings than Cheese had.

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Hmmm... It'll be nice if the role would be something like Mortdecai's Jock. :)

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Yes!~ hope the drama does well

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I have to hold myself not to 'Yay!!' after reading the news..hahahahaha. I cant wait to watch it, I hope it wont be disappointing :D

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I'm glad he's doing another drama. He's fantastic at everything he does and is such a professional.

Side note: has he done his military service yet? And if so, when?

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I read somewhere about him didn't serve at army because of health issue, cmiiw

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Oh okay. Thanks.

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yea...Seems it was due to his history of depression and socialphobia.

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Apparently his military exemption was a big controversy for him some ten years ago. If you google Park Hae Jin military you'll find plenty of articles. I've only recently discovered his acting this year due to Cheese in the Trap so it was news to me.

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He was exempted few years before he became a celebrity, actually. Because he was treated for depression and socialphobia for a while (1-2 years? iirc)

But it suddenly caused a controversy around 2010 cuz he was at the age to service. People speculated he forged the exemption to continue his career as a celebrity. Later he was cleared for all suspicion.

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That's quite sad. I hope he was OK during that time as it seems stressful.

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Yay!!! I'm super excited..

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yeah! finally...you confirmed it oppa... i am so happy to hear that you'll comeback with new drama again.. me too...me too...why i feel more happy to watch you in man to man than another news. lol... anyway.. can't wait for this drama... btw who's the lead female?

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YAY! I really did a happy jump in my office! So happy he confirmed because I really just can't get enough of him and that is to your question Javabeans, no it's not possible to get tired of him, EVER! LOL!

Now, all we need is a good cast to go with my Park Hae Jin, and good writing, and hope that it all works out great!

Can't wait!

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Yay! I love Park Hae-jin ever since Bad Guys. I liked him in YFAS but man he really showed his acting chops in Bad Guys. I loved him in CITT as well (it wasn't his fault the plot went to crap halfway through). He always gives a solid performance and is gorgeous to look at. It's not possible to grow tired of him or of news of him or of pictures of him. ;)

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I hope it's good, Park Hae-jin's generally great when he's given the room to play.

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I rarely over fangirl over actors but Park Hae-jin oppa is bae! I loved Do Min-joon in YFAS, but Lee Hwi-kyung was the biez-niez! I can't wait for who they'll cast as the other guy. I'm in the mood for a good bromance. Maybe a modern day Bang-won/Moo-hyul feel?

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Yes! I've been totally head over heels for SunBAE! ❤️✨?

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Someone said last time that Ma Dong-seok isn't available to be PHJ's costar so I'm gonna vote for Song Jae-rim.

"Man to Man is about a bodyguard (Park Hae-jin) who is tasked to protect a top star (Song Jae-rim) when a crazy fan (who?) starts sending creepy applebutt pictures to the star's apartment."

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I want a romance, please, please, please...

The celebrity is in love with (who?) and conflict sets in when she starts to fall for the bodyguard.

There will be lovely hugs between the bodyguard and the girl at the beginning and end of each episode.

There will be a man hug between the celebrity and the bodyguard in the finale.

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OMG, yes please! hugs at the beginning and the end of each episode LOL!

But really, no one hugs like Park Hae Jin!

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I want
Good morning hugs
Good afternoon hugs
Good night hugs
Bench hugs
Staircase hugs
I'll keep you safe hugs
I'll keep you warm hugs
I'm here don't cry hugs
I miss you so much hugs
I just wanna hug you tight hugs

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+100000000000

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Back hugs!

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I would love a reunion of Park Hae Jin and Kang Sora.

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But if its crazy fan (who?), I dont she will fall for the bodyguard tho
mary... I mean, (who?) seems so dead set on song jae rimXD

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At the end of season 1, I... err I mean, the Fan will succeed in kidnapping the star. She will lock Bodyguard in a room full of pianos.

Season 2 is where Bodyguard will go a bit psycho (after piano trauma) trying to get his bro back.

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Mary, I love your never-ending devotion.... may the kidnapping go well!

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Ah, maybe he read the comment I left on his IG account yesterday. I begged him to accept Man to Man and refuse CITT movie. *grin* *dreaming*
No, I'm not tired reading the news about him, especially good news. I wish this project could repay all the lost he suffered from CITT (if any) and justify his talent & hard work.
btw I was watching his old drama called Hot Blood. I know there are bad reviews about it but actually I'm kinda enjoying it. It's easy to watch, not dull at all. and thing that surprised me was... in ep 6 & 7 there were the scene that showed him with his office colleagues. one of them was Choi Yoon Young, his wife in My Daughter Seo Young. apparently she played small role there, her name wasn't even written in the cast's list. hahaha... as a fan of this couple I'm so happy that I want to let the world knows about it.

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Oppa will be back soon! Yeahh~

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Yeah~~~!!! ??

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I want a romance, please, and more of his hugs because nobody hugs like PHJ. But a drama with a title like "Man to Man", I can't imagine how a female lead is going to figure in this...perhaps she'll be the celebrity's manager to his bodyguard? Shades of So Ji-sub's "I'm Sorry I love You".

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LOL, drama hugs can be really weird sometimes, right? Like no one actually wants to touch each other or they are standing oddly far apart.

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Thank you for this updates!! I'll never getting tired to hear news about PHJ. For a while, I think he was confirmed the movie role. Thanks God its for another project. Yay!! Fighting!!

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Yeaynesss!!!

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HELL YEAH

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Suggesting Cha Seung Won for the star role ?

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^This is exactly what I thought could be fun to watch. We know how outlandish CSW can be playing a celebrity in a drama ... although that may be another reason to go with someone else.

Are we clear on whether or not PHJ's character is supposed to be the older or younger one? (Confession: reading JB's updates because I'm sadly too deficient in Korean to read the press releases, where this might be clearer.)

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OMG make this happen! That would be amazing!

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I second this - yes! Cha Seung Won please! If not him, another talented actor that comes to mind is Kim Joohyuk. Both of them have this unique sense of humor that might add to the chemistry between the two man leads and would be interesting to watch.

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Yayyayayyay!!! Nope, not tired–never tired! I'm SO excited!! just to see him back on my screen again so soon. Hoping for the best!! Wooooooo~!!!

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But really, with a title like "Man to Man," and the premise being described as a story between a celebrity and his bodyguard... I'm not the only one expecting some real (b)romance to go down between the two men, right? Eeeeeepppp!!! Plus, it's JTBC, so... Omg *diessss*

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Yeayyy ! Nope, not tired of his news, im so ready for thisss, please let it be good please please please

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Omg so excited, can't wait for this. I hope it brings him success following CITT, and the bromance as well as the plot be amazing please :D ❤

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Yea I'm pretty tired of hearing about him.

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I liked him with Kim Go Eun but I cannot wait for another female lead for him!! That CITT ending still left a bitter taste in my mouth :((((

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Yes. For the love of retaining post-adolescents, please make it stop. ?

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Don't know why, but I'm feeling that M2M is going to be a cross dressing situation. ...I sincerely hope not. I'll watch for PHJ any day though.

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Omo! :O that idea never even crossed my mind... until now! Idk, I was all set for actual b(romance) between two men, but heeyyyooo I'm a total sucker for gender bendy dramas. >.< Can't wait to hear more about the plot!

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Lol, I dunno I actually still feel like I don't hear or see anything about him much. Maybe it's because I'm not actively seeking it out but it's still just the usual acting stuff with him that comes every once in a while. It doesn't feel any different than before even taking his recent work into consideration.

Really love him as an actor. I only got to know him through YFAS and he was the only reason I stuck with that show not to mention the only character I felt did anything (he had his own whodunnit on the side lol). I'm here for this.

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one word : EXCITED!!

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"Are we tired of Park Hae-jin news yet, or is that not possible?"

I know I'm not. Plus if he's doing this much, it's fair to report it.

2nd half of Cheese taught me to expect the best from HJ but not from the drama, that should keep me prepared for whatever project he has next. I hope it's a good one though.

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ikr ^^

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Same here. His acting is good enough for me to suspend disbelief but I pray to the production team: please make sure he's actually on screen and in the episode, not just in the previews LOL

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PHJ yay!
Just finished Bad Guys, awesome acting and an overall awesome plot, with lots of bromance!

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Yes glad he agreed, still need more details on the story before I can get really excited. I am very curious to see who they cast besides him. Also wondering about the PD snd such. I hope it all works out well and also hope it gets decent ratings.

The day they announce Bad Guys season 2 (with him and the rest of the cast), I shall truly rejoice.

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I'm in!
PHJ Fightingg!!!
good news to hear fr you.

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finally can see uri sunbae

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vote for song hye kyo

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