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Entourage remake in talks to add f(x)’s Amber to cast

I’d thought the casting was all done on tvN’s remake of HBO series Entourage, but we’re looking at a late addition with this news that f(x) idol Amber is positively considering a role in the show about a hotshot actor (played by Seo Kang-joon) and his entourage of wannabes and hangers-on. (The HBO original was touted as dramedy, but sometimes I really felt like it was really more like tragicomedy.)

Granted, the role will probably be on the small side, since the character is the secretary to the power agent played by Jo Jin-woong (wound-tight douchebag king Ari in the original). But Entourage did shine in its scene-stealing moments from its side characters, and Ari’s assistant Lloyd was pretty hilarious being as petty as he was uber-competent, so Amber has a shot of making this character a bold acting debut—so long as she pulls it off, of course.

The Lloyd character was a gay Asian male with fussy mannerisms and an attitude that was both sassy and passive-aggressive, and he had a lot of great one-liners and comic beats. The remake will be taking out the gay male aspect, and purports to use the character to point out and satirize stereotypes of gender roles in Korean society, sexism, and discrimination. That seems rather ambitious and serious for the Entourage brand, though if they can accomplish that, kudos to them. That also makes Amber a particularly spot-on bit of casting, given her famously androgynous image.

I can’t say that the acting careers of her groupmates is that encouraging (all of f(x)’s idols have tried their hand at acting at some point—Krystal, Sulli, Victoria, and Luna—and nobody’s stood out in a good way), but it’s probably smarter to start in a small role that gives her a chance at memorable moments. I’m approaching this remake with a fair bit of caution, but I definitely am curious to know how the producers will translate the series for the K-drama landscape.

Entourage also stars Lee Kwang-soo, Lee Dong-hwi, and Park Jung-min as Seo Kang-joon’s entourage. The show premieres later this year on tvN.

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Here we go again..

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this sounds toooo awesomeeeeee ..
Please don't disappoint me show ?

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Wouldn't that be hard to pull off since koreans start law suits against dramas that show similar gender people kissing?

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They actually do that? Wow... That explains why I've never seen one in kdrama. Even The Lover and Prince's Prince never crossed into that territority and I'd been wondering why (since they otherwise weren't afraid to show two guys together/falling in love), but now it suddenly all makes sense. No one would risk a law suit...

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Huh, but in Come Back Ahjussi Oh Yeon-Seo and Honey Lee kissed. (With Han Ki-tak's soul so he's 'male', but still.)

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Whoa, really? I could have sworn there were several instances of people of the same gender kissing. Kill Me Heal Me springs to mind, as well as Come Back Ahjusshi

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But if you think about it:
KMHM - a mentally ill man kisses another man while having an episode that causes him to think he's a woman
CBA - A man temporarily inhabiting a woman's body kisses a woman

So really, no instances of a character purposely kissing someone of the same gender because of sexual preference. I think that makes a lot of difference to Koreans (obviously not all Koreans, but Korean society in general).

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I think Korean dramas have tendency to be extra careful to the point of being puritan. In most of them, couples don´t kiss much, in some of them, they even kiss only once or twice, and hug, when they have romantic moment. When they go so far that they even have sex, they almost always get pregnant. So far, I´ve only seen two dramas that allowed sex without pregnancy. Marriage, Not Dating, where the lead has sex with two men without getting pregnant, but her friend gets pregnant after one night, so it might not count. And Jamyung, where they would have to kill pregnant girl, which would be perhaps too cruel. And have you seen some of the swimsuits worn on screen?
Homosexual love is one thing, but expressing it is another stage and they aren´t there yet. One day...

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I've never heard of such lawsuits. Can you please provide some examples/links?

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What about that Seonam High School Detective one?

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they're not tackling same sex relationships here though, they've altered it to a look at gender discrimination

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Awww. ... I love amber soo much and really want her to try it out....

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Me too! She seems like such as fun, nice, genuine person. She's one of my favorite idols, which is saying a lot since I don't really follow K-pop. I'm really curious to she how she'll do. I hope she can pull it off. I think compared to other idol actresses she'd be less worried about looking pretty and hopefully deliver some humor and expression to this role. I've seen her joke and be goofy for skits, variety, etc, which is over-exaggerated on purpose, but I'm not sure what that'll mean for her acting. Hopefully she doesn't over act. I guess another worry is that her Korean isn't perfect so it might be more difficult for her to deliver her lines. I really hope she does a good job.

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I KNOW OMG I SCREAMED WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS.........LIGHT OF MY LIFE

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This remake already sounds like a hot mess. Lloyd was literally one the funniest parts of the original show, and had an actor who played him with spot on comedic timing...and tvn is giving this to someone with zero experience. amazing.

The whole reason the original show was so great was because the writers and producers weren't scared to go there in terms of uncomfortable topics and expose the dirty side of the entertainment industry, obviously with a dark comedy edge.

This isn't the type of show that can be translated to a kdrama without being incredibly watered down.

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I think if they want to cast idol, they should cast idol like dojoon from beast, right?

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as much as I love Dojoon, as much as Dojoon's loved in this site... I'm sick hearing his names already.

Han Groo
Kim Seulgi
Dojoon

I love all of them but... Okay, I'll stop here. No offense and forgive me.

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Lol, what's there to apologize for?

It's like people can't have opinions these days...

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Not sure how they are going to play it out either. The original Entourage is all about debauchery and the insane lifestyle of hollywood. At least they picked the perfect IT guy (Seo Kang Joon) to play the lead though.

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Why tvn? Why?

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Here's hoping Amber can pull it off, she is such an incredible person, I have so much respect for her personally. Maybe all of her time in front of and behind the camera will translate into acting skills? Fingers crossed. Also I'm going to try to go into this not thinking of it as a re-make but it's own thing, keeping my expectations low. Anyway, Amber fighting!

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Same here. I feel she's a good fit for the role, and she's super funny and talented. I hope that her personality translates well into her character's portrayal.

I never saw the original Entourage, so I have nothing to go by, and I personally like it that way. I'm mostly watching for Lee Kwang Soo and Jo Jin Woong (and maybe a little bit for Lee Dong Hwi) because I really love their acting and superficially, I love their height. Two handsome towers of strength, hehe.

Here's hoping the show will be a success!

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She does well in variety and that has some acting involved in it. I am sure she'll do fine acting in a small role.

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I like Amber, and I liked the one song of hers that I've heard, but I can't really see her as a convincing actor. I think it's because, from what I've seen of actors at home, people with strong personalities, like Amber, run the risk of having those personalities overwhelm their role and so they end up coming across as themselves more than the character they're supposed to be playing. Which is okay, if the character they're playing is close to how they are in real life, but could become a potential train wreck if they can't handle roles more complicated than that.

In the same vein, I really want to know, do companies encourage their idols to take up acting as the next step? is it like a mandatory thing, to push them into as many alternatives as possible and hope one sticks? Because you would think, considering people audition to get into a company, that a company would know what their talent is or isn't capable of.

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Wow! Your two cents deserve to be in dramabeans' Beans of Wisdom. Here's mine about your question: idols don't last forever and she has to start looking at alternatives at some point, so why not now? Also, I personally feel like she's one of those people who are good at everything?

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Interesting idea about strong personalities, but I don't think it's a general thing. With all the best actors I feel like there's a little bit of themselves in there - if there isn't you can't captivate audiences, because it doesn't feel real. Big personalities often have many different sides to them, so if they're good enough actors to actually dip into whatever part of them is useful for a specific role, they often tend to do an amazing job with many different kinds of characters.

Even someone with as strong a personality as Hong Ki managed to portray a completely different type of person in BotC and even in You're Beautiful (because honestly, all those people saying they miss the cute Jeremy-like Hong Ki live in a dream world. He was never cute and innocent like that lol.)

I think it all depends on acting skills rather than your personality. Also, most celebrities have an on-screen personality they show the world and an off-sceen one they only show to people they know, so judging anything based on their personality is going to be pretty much impossible (:

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I didn't mean to imply that every actor with a big or distinctive personality is bad at acting. I know some actors who are very interesting individualistic people offscreen who are fantastic onscreen. I agree with everything you've said, I didn't put it in my original post, my mistake. It's just that I know actors who can't balance both sides and I think Amber may be one of those people. Of course, there's every chance she might not be and I'll be pleasantly surprised.
I agree that onscreen, offscreen, and real life personas are sometimes three different things, but I think offscreen personas have to be at least a little bit true to life because people can tell when someone being completely fake and I honestly don't think Amber's faking any part of her variety show personality. Which is what led to my post. :)

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Ah okay, then we agree completely :) Yes, there's definitely actors who will just be themselves no matter what role they take on (which has it's pros as well as cons).

I think some people are vey much capable of being completely fake without anyone catching on. I actually have the misfortune of having known several people like that (as much as you can ever get to really know them). They didn't just fool me, but a lot of people, even their own kids/siblings/parents. So you never know.

(Not saying all celebrities with different on-, off-screen and real life personalities are bad people out to fool everyone, it's just an example (: Gosh now I feel like my life's a kdrama. If it got turned into one everyone would complain about the ridiculous, totally unbelievable makjang plot. Or since those kind of stories tend to do well with the masses, maybe it'd be the next DoTS? *starts planning what to do with the millions I'll earn*)

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Another thought to consider is the Rapper element. Many American rappers transition well to acting. I think Amber has the potential to be more like Queen Latifah than say Christina Aguilera or Sulli.

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do companies encourage their idols to take up acting as the next step?

In my opinion, Idol life is quite short if you are not able to make your individual name out of it, so they need to find another work inside the entertainment business.
A young group with new energy come every month and they can replace your place within a year so just being idol will not gonna be last longer except you really excel in that department and has super loyal fandom.

As a performer, there actually quite a limited occupation they can try outside the singing and become the producer. They can be MC in talks show, doing a variety show and acting.

Why many Idol try acting? It just like why they try to be MC and cast in variety, it's to make them alive in the entertainment business when their Idol status can't hold them anymore.
Even now, many actor/actress in abundant in variety show like Real Man or in talk show panel as regular or nor, do vacation reality show, appear in the show they don't usually came when they think they can't just act forever.

TL;DR : imo it bc entertainment industry always find a way to replace the entertainer, so people who fit better and always usable will last longer.

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It really is so, so, so short for most. For a group to stay together and be popular for as long as, say Super Junior, is pretty rare. I watched a few Dream Team 2 episodes this week and even though they were only a few years old (like 2013), there were so many idols I'd never heard of from groups that are already broken up or just never reached enough fans to be in the spotlight anymore. You may remember them if you were into kpop at that time, but if you weren't there's no chance you'll know them. So I think you're absolutely right, they kind of have to try acting, variety and mc'ing if they don't want to risk suddenly having no job prospects within their field.

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But my question is, people usually audition to get into a company, don't they? And companies like SM or YG who have actors and idols on their roster would probably have a test covering all of that, seeing whether auditionees (is that the word?) can sing or act and then train them accordingly. So wouldn't they know which of their trainees could act and which couldn't and then send them out to audition?
I'm genuinely interested in knowing the answer to this, because sometimes it seems like companies just throw every idol on their list at dramaland and hope one will land right.

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Some idols who can act don't want to and some who can are dying to. In the end a lot of idols who can't act have still gotten even more popular through dramas and earned their comapny a lot of money. Just look at how many fangirls still love To The Beautiful You despite Minho and Sulli's questionable acting (though it was better than I had feared, that really isn't saying much considering I had zero faith in their acting beforehand). Or how Taecyeon and Suzy became even more popular after Dream High despite having the least amount of acting skills I've probably ever seen lol.

So I think the companies mostly just encourage their idols to act, because a lot of the time it still manges to bring them some money or wider recognition, even with all the criticism that's bound to come down on about 85% of them.

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But my question is, people usually audition to get into a company, don’t they? And companies like SM or YG who have actors and idols on their roster would probably have a test covering all of that, seeing whether auditionees (is that the word?) can sing or act and then train them accordingly.

In Amber's particular case, f(x) debuted in 2009. She auditioned and was selected in 2008.

I don't think that casting idols in dramas was as popular back then as it is now, so I don't know that an acting audition would have played any part in her selection. I think she was mainly recruited for her singing, rapping, and dancing skills.

The audition process now may very well include an acting process, now that so many idols are going on to act. But I would be very surprised if it did back then.

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Oops. Meant to write "...may very well include an acting portion".

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I guess one thing to consider is that some companies don't just audition for skills. SM's motto is "everything can be taught" and they look first and foremost for appearance over skills, and then try to teach from there.

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The drama will be aired in China too, so i think it's a good thing for her.

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Amber fits the image they need,
I mean it kinda hard to choose androgynous artist in SK that is well known and will not have problem with the fans (or maybe I miss someone).
lot of girls in kdrama hardly look like a man even if they give them make up, a man hardly has a body that fir female in actor so who else?
so cast hong seok chun?
Ren from Nu-est,
Taemin - SHINee
Heechul - Suju
They all can look so beautiful with make up but they can't look like a girl in their normal appearance while Amber has that boy look and the image to make people believe on the premise.

this if she gonna wear man-clothes all the times,
I think it's normal to cast her,
and she never act, she may accept this bc of the character image and her image, so I give her a chance

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I've never seen Victoria and Luna in anything, but Krystal and Sulli are both awful. Sulli can't act at all, and Krystal has only been okay in High Kick and in small doses for Heirs in roles that suit her limited range. She is generally a soulless, dead fish on and off screen.

Seems like SM is determined to force their idols on the drama world no matter what and it makes me wonder - why? I thought the company makes big bucks in the music market, touring endlessly, and selling lots of physical albums. Why does a company like SM need for their idols to have recognition from the acting world?

At any rate, for such a big company they've really failed to create any kind of big name drama/movie star out of their idol roster - unless Yoona is still considered big in Korea?

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Pretty sure Do Kyungsoo would disagree with your "failed to create any kind of big name drama/movie star" statement. He's pretty well on his way to becoming one, I think.

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Tbh I don't think SM want to stick their idol in many dramas bc they just want to make an actress recognition or promote the company or just to make the idol more popular,
I think they just give them a chance if the role is offered,
bc in drama, it up to the public taste whether they fit or not,

they get cast partially bc they are popular and I find the company giving their idol a fair chance. In the original idea, idol is supposed to be the multitalented group, that's why in the past, there's dancing line, singing line, etc,
did Sulli or Minho taken the big role after the failure, not, they'll stop if it's not working, but did only SM idol do bad?
many other idol did bad, even Hyeri got luck by Reply only to get criticized in Entertainer.

and SM has the most number of the recognized group compared to any other company,
Suju 13, EXO 12, SNSD 9, TVXQ 5, SHINee 5, Fx 5,Red Velvet 5,
so with their popularity, it's undeniable that they will get cast, and it's not shame if they want to take the role

ps: I think Luna act once in children movie, like super power movie for children

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never was interested in Entourage but ill watch this remake for Seo Kang-joon lol

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She may be able to act--she may not. But to make a statement predicting that she will fail based on the failure of her bandmates seems kind of illogical.

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+1
particularly when she appears to be very different from said bandmates in all other aspects

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I know! I honestly thought I misread the sentence at first. I mean, what kind of logic?

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These days I feel like it's only news if a drama announces that there will be NO idols cast lol.

I'm with Wag_a_Muffin though, we have no idea whether or not she could do a good job or not, seeing as she's never acted before, so let's just give her the benefit of the doubt. You wouldn't judge D.O.'s acting based on the other EXO guys' lack in that department, right? Who knows, maybe she'll be the exception.

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Agree with both you and Wag_a_Muffin.

Also, Amber is very confident in front of the camera. She has her own YouTube show called 'What the Pineapple', and she's been on numerous Korean variety shows. Granted, that is very different from what she'd be doing in this drama, but I don't think there's any basis to predict that she will be *awful*.

I am excited for Amber's acting debut. I really love what I know of her personality, and I think it would be great to see an actress with her presentation in K-dramas. Women express and present themselves in so many different ways, and if Amber turns out to be a good actress, I'd love for women like her to have representation in dramas.

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Yeah, there really aren't a whole lot of different kinds of women represented by Korean celebrities, in their dramas etc. It's the main reason why I don't really follow the careers of any female Korean celebrities. They're all expected to have a certain innocent/cute image and it quickly becomes boring and frustrating. Their male characters in dramas and themselves as celebrities can have so much more fun and be themselves more.

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this is just SM trying to stick their idols in every drama. its just a supporting role anyway. what's with the satirical gender talk, she's just there for the comic relief. anyone can pull it off

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I have this theory that every idol group is allotted one decent actor, haha. Sooyoung for SNSD, Siwon for Super Junior, DO for EXO, Eunji for APink, etc.

So maybe Amber can be that for f(x)? Here's hoping.

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Ooooo Yeah, figures cross. I absolutely adore her, because if she does well and (If someone ever decides to do a Korean version of the taiwanese drama Bromance i'd want Amber to be casted).

But realistically, I'm just hoping her role/character and acting isn't cringeworthy in Entourage.

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Hey wintermelontea! It's hyukjaeismine from the Bromance/ Dupi. Good to see a fellow BFF here! :D

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*Bromance/Dupi thread ^^

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Hello from a another DuPi/ChuYan fan! Bromance is the one drama where the BTS were as sweet as the drama itself!

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Where is this Bromance/Dupi thread??

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OMGGG SO TRUE. I absolutely adored the behind the scenes. That made me loved the drama more, especially at the end of every episode they'll release a Bts, smart move from the production and marketing team. Everyone was so funny off screen.

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Yea, Chu Chu completely converted me into a fan with his 4D and intense pregnancy-causing eyes/stares.

Amber would be convincing cross-dressing (as Megan Lai was surprisingly) but a Bromance without ChuYan is unnecessary. I think Bromance only worked because of ChuYan since the story/plot wasn't particularly original or strong.

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OMG, yes, I would love Amber in a version of Bromance. I loved that drama. DuPi forever!

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Omg, i thought I was the only one who thought Amber could pull of the role of the female lead in Bromance if they ever remade - granted, i've only watched a little of the first episode lol

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At least she's starting with a small role. Honestly, a lot of the idol actors that are really good now started off stiff (Jaejoong, Siwan, etc.). I think it's fine to give idols a chance, just keep it small until they improve.

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I love Amber! Such a lovely personality and talented when it comes to

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SM, when will you stop? WHEN???

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Whoaaa, The Power Of SM!!!! watch out!!!

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Dramaland = idols training ground.

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Aha. Recently the news about idols in dramalnd keeps popping up. Made me appreciate news of the drama which none of idols involves.?

Small role is still OK. If they have enough skills to be the lead, I am also OK. But I am begging kdrama producers to give equal chance for the real actors. So many talented actors who have acting for years but hardly to get any good chance. I have a very long list for this. sigh..

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I didn't watch the original nor care about the remake but I just want to point out that your comment of "tragicomedy" gave me a good hearty laugh at the office.

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In Hollywood, they are "Assistants." In kdramas, they are "Secretaries."

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Sorry, I really thought that she was a he and why he was wearing make-up and all. Don't kill me. But I did think that he was pretty. :D

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amber is perfect but there are no heroines for our guys? I for once want to see lee kwang in serious side, and a new loveline for him after lee yoo bi n lee sung kyung.
P/S: did anyone notice both actresses gossiped with him have surname lee? hehe, it was like they were once his wife lol XD

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*lee kwang soo

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I was going to watch Entourage based on Jo Ji Woong, but now that Amber may join, I'm definitely interested. I haven't seen the US Entourage, so will be judging the K-version on its own merits.

As for idols acting, I think they're trained to be all round entertainers. I first saw Park Yoo Chun as an actor and then watched some of his videos. I thought "Yep, he's going to age out of kpop, so going into acting's a good move." Then I found out about and fell for Shinhwa, but they're quite the exception.

Anyway, back to Amber. I would love for her character to shine a light on gender roles in Korea.

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What for????!!!

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