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Goodbye Mr. Black’s cast dolls up for press conference day

MBC’s revenge-themed action romance drama Goodbye Mr. Black is mere days from its premiere, which makes this production press conference a bit late in the game — though still welcome, seeing as how dapper and chic everybody’s looking.

Held on March 14, all the main cast members were present, featuring Lee Jin-wook as the Count of Monte Cristo-esque lead, who’s betrayed by his friend and comes back with a new identity to take the traitor down with the help of a plucky young woman (Moon Chae-won) who poses as his wife. Initially a positive, fun-loving heir to a chaebol group and Naval officer, he hardens and turns cold in the wake of his betrayal.

I can’t say that the short haircut is my favorite look on Moon, but given that she cut her hair specifically for the role of an orphan who grew up rooting through trash in Thailand, I can’t begrudge her the style change. (And the peekaboo blue heels really do make everything better!) Lee Jin-wook described Moon as tomboyish and fitting her drama character, saying that she makes him want to dote on her like a cute younger sister.

Moon Chae-won, meanwhile, described their chemistry as very good, saying that while younger-man-older-women couples are all the rage these days, she thinks the chemistry is a little better when you have an oppa-dongsaeng setup. I’m totally there with her on that point, since noona romances are cute and all, but never my preferred dynamic. She also said teasingly that she’d seen “Lee Jin-wook oppa’s” prior drama I Need Romance 2012 at her brother’s recommendation, and noted that it was full of kiss scenes: “I hope there scenes like that in our drama too.”

Asked about her drama being a direct competitor to Descended From the Sun, starring her former co-star Song Joong-ki, Moon said, “I’m friendly with Joong-ki oppa because of the drama we did together. I’ll be rooting him on… [But] Our plot is different, and so is the message we’re trying to convey, so I think there will be people who’ll get sucked into the fun of our drama.” Lee Jin-wook added, “The dramas have different natures, so rather than thinking of them as competition, we’re trying to bring to life our drama’s advantages and colors.”

Lee Jin-wook’s backstabbing friend is played by Kim Kang-woo, who seems to be eager to tackle a villain’s role. He’s not new to playing evil (I loved him going dark in Story of a Man), but there’s a definite trend these days of actors reinventing themselves playing villains with gusto, and Kim admitted that the challenge did give him some concern: “When acting [the part], rather than considering him a villain, I look at him as a pitiable character who couldn’t help but become this way. I hope he’s a villain you can look upon with sympathy.”

On the upside to playing the bad guy, Kim explained that it’s a stress-reliever: “When playing good guy roles, you have to hold back and endure, and the stress builds up. As a villain you can shout or even have outbursts, which lets out stress.”

Yoo In-young completes the main love square, having romantic connections to both male leads, and said that since it’s lonely to play characters stuck in unrequited love with someone else, it’s fun to be on the receiving end of love from both men. (At least for a while; she’s Lee Jin-wook’s first love and Kim Kang-woo’s wife.)

Last but not least, we have Song Jae-rim playing an editor and owner of an internet news outlet who also has a law degree from Korea’s top law school. The character’s perpetually single and has little interest in dating women, which I’m going to take as an explanation for his rumply appearance at the press conference. Basically, I’ll forgive a lot if it’s in character, even if my fingers do get a little twitchy at the ill-fitting clothing and dorky style.

Goodbye Mr. Black premieres this Wednesday on MBC.







Via Ten Asia, Hankooki, MBN, News 20, Segye

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The cast is so amazing but the teasers have just been so off? I don't know what it is but something just seems really strange.

Fighting to them! They are going to need it with the hurricane of DOTS engulfing everything.

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hopefully it is at least 2nd in rating to show SBS what they could have had :')

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at least they have a few weeks after DOTS ends to hopefully get some good ratings at the end. I have high hopes from this one so I am praying it doesn't let me down

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yea... I thought the same. I hope that once we finally get to watch, all worries will be gone.

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I can't wait for this drama, they had me at Count of Monte Cristo

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MCW is glowing wow!
but SJR what is with that outfit......

Hopefully the show is better than what the teasers have been showing.
Does anyone know if DF or Viki is subbing?

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i think both are subbing but viki has exclusive

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@JB, Gave up on watching current wed/thur dramas so hope GMB is good. Like all actors except YIY.

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Hmm... I love Moon Chae Won but sadly this drama isn't doing anything for me.

I would have preferred a romcom with Song Jae Rim and Moon Chae Won instead.

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omg Moon Chaewon's hair is horrendous, nooooooo :(

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Well sorry she is a dedicated actress and doesn't care about people wanting her to look always just pretty with long hair.

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I think she looks pretty. She rocks the haircut.

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I agree. She always looks pretty and she looks great here.

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Ditto. She looks soooo cute in it.

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Horrendous is an exaggeration althought I prefer her with long hair.

I didn't know she cut her hair for this role, that's what I call dedication. Changing of hair style is less common in Korea where many actresses just look the same in every drama. I don't blame them because viewers place a lot more emphasis on their looks than than their portrayal of a character.

Changing hairstyle doesn't necessarily equate to good acting but it is definitely a positive step or sign of commitment to her role. What I like about MCW is that she is an actress who does not seem to care much about how she looks on screen. This can refer to physical appearance or action. Look at Oh Yeon Seo in Come Back Ahjussi, her character may look very pretty but her performance is what I'd call spirited and unconscious of image. Again, not common.

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SO MUCH PRETTY I CAN'T DEAL OMG.

I'm super anticipating this drama, can't wait! & it seems like I'm in the minority but u absolutely adore MCW's short cut. Ofcourse I prefer her longer locks but I don't hate this look at all. She's always been a bit of a closet tomboy so I love it that this haircut plays off on that vibe ?❤️

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Closet tomboy totally! Like in Good Doctor! I like it much better when she's tomboyish then when she's uh, weepy.

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I see Killer Mr. Kim! <3 Welcome back Song Jae Rim, kill it this time.

I hope this guy gets more lead roles from now on.

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I've been waiting for this drama so long since they anounce the cast. Sadly this is the only drama that i'm really waiting for, nothing to watch today. Long teaser get me more excited, can't wait

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I'm actually excited for this drama. Hope you recap this JavaBeans! GMB please be good.

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I think the pixie cut looks fabulous on Moon Chae Won. Cute, elegant, and sexy all in one. I was quite confused for a sec as Song Jae Rim really looks like Onew in that first picture, on first glance anyway!

Lee Jin Wook so far has never captured my attention, but I love MCW's energy so I'll be checking this one out and hoping LJW does it for me this time around.

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+1 Couldn't agree more about the hair. I think it's a really refreshing cut on MCW!

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I love MCW's hair. It is different and I don't think the lead actress has to always have long beautiful hair and wear pretty dresses. This isn't fashion show after all.
I really hope they get good ratings. But personally I think the plot is kinda repetetive. The plot rings a bell and viewers in Korea would probably go for DotS. Coz it is different. Of course, this drama is more than what meets the eye coz MCW is a very good actress and most likely payed extra attention to the plot and script considering the fact that she did a good job in her previous drama. But after watching "Cheese in the Trap", I kinda have started to worry about my favorite actors and actresses drama choices. Coz the writer could totally mess up the drama starting in the middle.
I hope not.. *fingers crossed* :))

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I dont think ppl watching DOTS because it is different. Mainly because of SJkK (not disregarding other casts) and the writer.

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DOTS is enjoyable to watch but except the war theme, the drama is also just like any typical kdrama.

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Never thought I'd finally see the day of oppa's drama airing. Good to see you back LJW oppa! Nice to see your beaming smiling face. Rooting for you! Moonie looks great and I love how make up changes you, Yoo In Young looks angelic and less like a villain (thank god she's not getting type casted or am I speaking too soon?)

Jaerim... You need a hair cut...?

and Kim Kang Woo is looking dapper.

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I really hope YIY will not typecasted here. Her presence in the drama before is unforgettable, except her last drama Oh My Venus.

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Funny thing is, it's only in OMV where I saw her NOT playing a remorseless femme fatale. Her memorable roles (YFAS, Three Musketeers) for me where basically the same type of *awful woman* with a tragic story.

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With this starting soon, now my Wednesday & Thursday gonna be busier with dramas.

In the list which to watch first:

1) GBMB - I am sucker for revenge drama
2) CBA - I need laughs
3) DOTS - Cheesy romance mood.

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My gosh the teasers for this drama has been awfully bland if I were being nice and terribly disastrous if I were completely honest. Even the posters are so life less and dull. At least the press con was somewhat more livelier looking and I just adore KKW's blue suit that sorta matches MCW's blue shoes. It's so cute lol.

Also, I'm not sure why SJR's stylist is being paid if this her shabby job. At least there's a reason he'd dress that way in the drama - but press con? I see no excuse.

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Agree, the teasers are not good, but if High Society taught me anything, it's not to trust teasers.

I kind of like Rim's outfit here. I think it looks good on him. Maybe I'm the only one.

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"Lee Jin-wook described Moon as tomboyish and fitting her drama character, saying that she makes him want to dote on her like a cute younger sister."

Was Moon Chae Won just... friendzoned?

:P

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She was 'younger sister' zoned. Which in my opinion is WAAAAYYYYYYY worse. Youre basically hopeless in this zone :(

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Lols. but that's cute and win win for both.

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Love MCW short hair n enjoyed her chemistry with Lee Jin Wook together!! 1 more day to go n yeah^_*:)) Hwaiting

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Aw I like her new hair.. It's better than before ?

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They look so happy together,..

now, i have new dramas to watch,..
Pied Piper which still unsubbed everywhere and
Goodbye Mr. Black with Kim Kang Woooooo

^_^

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the teaser look like an extract from a B movie, if you gonna lure me to see the drama, it ain't working.
I have high hope but now it crush and burn before it even start. *sigh*

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Attractive cast w/ some acting chops.

MCW looks better w/ long tresses but wouldn't say that cut is awful on her.

LJW is getting better looking as he ages (has a more manly look to him).

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Comeback Ahjusshi is my fav now. I hope it gets better ratings.

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Who dressed Rim??? Why does it say "No. 5" on his shoulder??? It should be No. 1!

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Who cares about the cast! I just want a K adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo! :P

Just kidding... I am a fan of the 4 leads... but I'm not kidding about being drawn to this primarily because of the CoMC which happens to be my favourite revenge story ever!

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About Rim his clothing isnt dorky but you know kinda creative atleast i find it better than lead actor's suit. No offense ;) i always hate patterns on suite ....

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Ctrl+F Mary ... Found her :) sorry I just can't help it. Everytime I see an article with SJR tagged (not just @DB) , I automatically look for Mary. LOL :)

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The cast looks amazing!!!!Still not liking Moon Chae Won short hair,don't think it suits her that much but as a dedication for her character it's another thing and i admire her...Really hope the actual drama will be a fun story with good plot

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Good looking cast!

I'm loving Kim Kang Woo's blue suit.

I'm really liking Yoo In Young's hairstyle too. I like the waves, adds some movement and interest.
I last saw her in Oh My Venus and her short bob was so straight and stiff-looking.

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the drama on Wednesday and Thursday need more fighting spirit, especially when Descendants of the sun is received a good rating ( near insane with 28.5%,, I bet this week, they will reach rating over 30% ).. It will be hard but let's be positive! hahahahaha...

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I am highly confident that this drama would be great.

Hopefully.

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I'm looking forward to this drama and yes, hopefully the rating is better than what is currently being shown in SBS. I hope this drama can show those cocky people in SBS that it is their lost for dropping this series..

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Kim Kang Woo though! WHAT A HOTTIE!!!!

And it's a bit hard to get used to MCW's haircut.... regardless, you can always count on her acting!!!

LJW is still meh for me. lol

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I Really like them
Wish To See them
one day.

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