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Yoon So-hee joins Ruler–Master of the Mask, L in contention

I’m excited to hear more about MBC’s upcoming sageuk drama Ruler—Master of the Mask, because once they secured Yoo Seung-ho (Remember–Son’s War) to play a lonely prince and Kim So-hyun (Bring It On, Ghost) to play his enemy-turned-love-interest, I was in, no matter what else happened with the cast.

…Of course, then the drama went and courted Infinite idol L (She’s So Lovable) for a second lead role, which would be a casting with no silver linings. At least he hasn’t confirmed yet?

The drama is set in the 1700s, and centers around a prince (Yoo Seung-ho) who takes up the lonely fight against a secret organization comprising society’s most rich and powerful men as they seek to privatize the water supply. Kim So-hyun’s character sets out for revenge against the prince when her father is executed on his orders, and they end up falling in love.

Yoon So-hee (Memory), meanwhile, has confirmed taking the drama, and will be playing the granddaughter of the head of the secret organization that’ll be the prince’s main opposition. Described as a tragic character, she throws away everything and betrays her family in order to love the prince. Yoon So-hee has done sageuk before, briefly; she played adult Kim Yoo-jung in Secret Door, although she was a last-minute replacement and didn’t have much to do in that. I don’t have a strong opinion of her—she’s been fine in some things (Let’s Eat), annoying in others (Marriage Not Dating)—but hope that she’ll be a good fit for this drama.

L is up to play a son of a butcher whose base origins prevent him from making anything of his life or his brilliant mind. He’s resigned himself to a pointless life, until the queen teaches him to read, and then he ends up taking up the role of “fake king” standing in for Yoo Seung-ho (presumably after he’s ascended the throne). It sounds like an interesting character, which is why I am hoping earnestly that it’ll go to somebody who can carry it; L is someone I dearly wish would stop getting cast in things, because he often makes me cringe. He was recently considering joining the high school mystery-thriller Solomon’s Perjury too, but ended up passing on that, so hope remains alive.

Ruler—Master of the Mask will be a 20-episode drama airing in the first half of next year.

Via Asiae, Xports News

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L.....look I like you as an Idol and you're quite nice to look at but please don't act anymore!!!!!! It's so BAD.

If they want an idol take Kyungsoo or Jinyoung.

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I am an inspirit but it's kind of sad to say that I agree with you...
But on the other hand L has great comedy beats; you should watch him on SNL Korea. Unfortunately the ones who casted him only saw his looks and give him serious, romantic roles.

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you only need to be good looking and you get all the the roles, its really sad.

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Unfortunately I agree with you, I love INFINITE but I always feel a slight sense of horror when I see L is being considered for a show.

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Let me just remind you all about bring it on ghost, OK Taecyeon. Remember how you guys went on and on (and on) about him being terrible *before* the drama? I say let's wait and see.

(non- disclaimer: I am not an L fan, nor a Taecyeon fan. Well, OK. I'm a bit of a Taecyeon fan but I really don't know anything agout L.)

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I have not seem kyungsoo act, but I've seen jinyoung and it's a mile worse than L

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if you really need an idol for this one, please just take Jinyoungie!!
But but.... i know i'm going to have another broken heart if he do plays the second lead.. *sigh*
At least Jinyoung is a much better option than L. I personally think that Myungsoo is fine, and he did much better in She's Lovable rather than his previous drama. But still!! He needs tons of practice.
And I don't think Kyungsoo (D.O) would up for the role though, even if he wants to do it. SM might have something in store already for the guy. Though the reunion with KSH seems tempting enough for me, and he's one good idol actor.

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Oh right! Maybe they could also consider Doojoon? I don't mind seeing him in a more serious sageuk roles. Though once again i'm going to have a broken heart..... *sigh*

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Jinyoung is worse than L. Please don't be biased.

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It looks as though the drama team doesn't care who will act for other roles. We got yooseungho, we got kimsohyun. That's enough, let's do this!
I start to imagine that behind all of this casting news, there's someone like Kim Eun Gab who does his best to convince the drama team to pick his actor and there's also someone, a higher up, who would interfere the team's decision.
I'll cast another prayer so that this drama, whoever the casts are, will still be a good drama. And i haven't stop praying, for lee jong suk, to turned down the role or, may be the female lead got drama jitter and backout of the drama..

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Excuse my ignorance, but who is Kim Eun Gab ?! Or in which drama does he resides in ?!

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I believe he is a character from the Korean version of Entourage played by Jo Jin-woong.

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First saw her in Beloved Eun Dong as a young Eun Dong in 20s... Although the main leads were Jo Jin Mo & Kim Sa Rang.. i think she was good in that... i have hopes with Kim So Hyun ... so, i'm in...

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L? Oh ahhh no. drama gods please don't do this to us..

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It's funny how SM manages to shoehorn their idols into all sorts of productions but they can't manage to get Yoon So Hee another lead role. Or is it deliberate?

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I've heard yoon so hee is quite brilliant in regards of her education, so it was kind of upsetting to see her in an imbecile-ish role on marriage not dating. I think it would have been great to see her real life persona come alive on reel too.

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SM's casting for dramas is an insult to anyone with talent tbqh, like why do they even bother having a branch with actual actors in it if all they do is shove people from the idol agency in all the lead roles?

I mean, sorry to their fans but Yoona and Yuri are not deserving of drama lead roles ahead of the likes of Yoon So-hee and Moon Ga-young. (at least Sooyoung and D.O. are decent actors, but the rest....)

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as an Inspirit I'm still puzzled over how L was pretty good in SUFBB and decent in Cunning Single Lady but then went and made me cringe in all the other dramas he was in.

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I'm sure that's the director's hand showing.

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A big no!!!!!!!
Are they serious about other casting? Or putting everything on ysh and ksh?

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Im not very familiar with Yoon So Hee but will look up previous works :)

As for second male lead, the role seems good. Can we have Lee Hyun Woo please!

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Yes to Lee Hyun-woo. I missed him since that whole school things....

Please let it happen dramagod!

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Lee Hyun Woo! I wish he'd get the offer for this so we can have a God of Study reunion with YSH.

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Lee Hyun Woo is an A-lister. Not a second fiddle to any lead.

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Yoo seung ho and lee hyun woo as the two leads would be amazing... but of course we can't have nice things in kdramas with both [male] leads being experienced, skilled former child actors.

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True :/ its just that he's the first person who popped into mind after reading the role description. I guess I wanted to see him again in a sageuk after his short but good performance in Scholar Who Walks the night.

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We have goblin though, 2 experienced actors in one frame.

I guess it's pretty close,

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i would say 4, since gong yoo, lee dong wook, kim go eun and yoo in na are very talented actors.

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Yes ! LHW Plz! Pretty Plz ???

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I love him... I really honestly do... but not as an actor. I wish he turns this down. He was my favorite in Shut Up Flower Boy Band (which is like my favorite kdrama in the whole wide universe before DOTS appeared) but his roles and acting beyond that were just underwhelming. He can try a minor role in this one and see if there's any improvement. But he's just not ready for lead or second-lead roles as of now.

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If it's Kim So Hyun, iam all up for it. Ever since i watched her in "i here your voice" and "i miss you" i became her fan.

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I still think Kim So-hyun is too young to be Yoo Seung-ho's love interest.
She's still a minor and he's 23. I find it uncomfortable even though the age gap isn't that big.
And the casting of L doesn't make me too excited either.

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Sungjae again as second lead? Just kidding lol. Well I don't mind staring at L. I remember having SLS in My lovely girl so it can't be all bad. Also Yoon So Hee and L were together in a drama special so looking forward to their chemistry if L accepts.

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L is hit or miss in his dramas. He is okay in flower boy band because he didn't have to do much but brood. I thought he was decent in sly and single as the driver/friend of the main lead. He was also decent in she's lovable but again he was playing an idol. The weekend drama he was in was boring but that could be writingood. It got taken off the air I believe so I doubt it was just him that caused it haha. He's not breaking any molds but I don't think he deserves a ton of hate either. He's okay not amazing but okay

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At least someone not hating Myung's acting, I love Infinite and I think he is o'k in dramas

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I wonder if there will ever BE an upcoming 2017 drama casting that won't make me utter the word "BUT"..

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The Yoon Kyun-sang/Chae Soo-bin one, at least, sounds solid on the casting front :)

Meanwhile I'm still praying for us to be delivered from the prospect of Suzy mugging her way through a Park Hye-ryun drama, drama gods please save us.

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Wow it's like MBC is depending on the dramas success solely on KSH and YSH. They can't even hire decent supporting actors??! It pisses me off to see terrible actors like L get such interesting roles like this. My excitement for this drama went down so much....

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If they really want an idol, they should cast Jinyoung from GOT7 instead. I really see his potential in acting. I love Myungsoo but I don't think he would be able to follow the acting of the three, especially the main leads, judging from his acting in his previous works. He's still weak and I don't want to see ~acting controversy~ articles targeting him again saying that he's ruining the drama blahblahblah

Also, there many talented teens or early 20s actors as well so why don't they cast them as the second lead? There's Kim Minjae, Kwak Dongyeon, Shin Jaeha, Kim Junghyun, Lee Hyunwoo, etc... Actually, CAST YEO JINGOO!!! (though tbh he's waaaayyy beyond second lead material but I super miss watching him on the small screen lol)

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I'm all for Lee Hyun-woo or Yeo Jin-gu. Pleeeeeaaaase?

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if they cast Yeo Jingoo, this would be a hit already lol hoping that the drama gods work their magic on the second lead casting ㅠㅠ

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Yeo Jin-gu is not to be wasted in a 2nd lead role especially in this genre. I'd put him on the lead role over Yoo Seung-ho.
He is the best sageuk actor of his generation and beyond.

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:o holy mother of bananas, why L ?
His acting is too terrible for my liking, Where are some good actors like philip lee, jin goo lee hyun woo, park gun tae?
And if they want an idol, they can go for kyung soo..

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omigosh, i haven't heard about park gun tae lately. anything new?

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I wish Yoon So-Hee were the leading lady! Far better suited with Yoo Seung-Ho than and under-age teenager.

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what about LEE MIN HO 1993? i think he suits the role more please dramagod make it happen

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Oooh, I forgot about him! Good one! And Do Kyungsoo, of course.

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or Kwak Dong-yeon...

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LEE MIN HO 1993 should be in a main lead role in sageuks.

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At least he hasn’t confirmed yet? Pff ?

Regarding the OTP, he ordered her father executed ?! It seems like a tragic love story, can't imagine anyone by passing that to happy ending for the OTP.

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As a hardcore Inspirit (they're my ultimate group with B1A4) I'm also scared about this casting lol. L, I LOVE & ADORE you to bits and you are sunshine BUT PLEASE, turn it down. I'm already seeing so much hate even though he hasn't even confirmed and I'm sorry to say that people's concerns are valid (just don't go calling him names & insulting him as a person though! He's a lovely guy, just a bad actor lol) but yeah, his acting has a lot to be desired. I loved him in SUFBB but that was essentially him playing his stage character L for most of it. I haven't seen him in other things, he is absolutely hilarious in variety situations with his members (SNL Korea was great) but this role sounds super serious and complicated and I'm worried that all the emotions and expressions won't make their way through on his beautiful face. :/

I wouldn't say that he's not capable of improvement, the boy works super hard (woollim won't let him sleep) and his singing ability has significantly increased since debut, of which, I'm so proud of, however, with acting it takes more than practice I feel? There needs to be a natural knack for it underlying as well, which I feel that he doesn't have right now. In my opinion acting is the more difficult craft to master and I just don't think he's ready for a role this meaty.

Sungjong's hair is purple can we just have a cute Infinite F comeback instead of L being casted in roles that he probably won't do all that well in? :( At least give him a rom com instead, he really is quite funny & quirky. He struggles so hard to be his serious persona "L" in interviews, Kim Myungsoo always shines through eventually, and the boy is a major dork. Just let him stick to his strengths.

I feel like you can't even compare him to B1A4's Jinyoung, although Jinyoung didn't start of "great" in his previous roles, he has ALWAYS been decent, he was never bad. Moonlight just let him elevate himself further.
At this stage I can only see L going from "Bad" to "decent" if he does show that he has improved, however, decent just isn't enough for a sageuk role that demands this much of him. We NEED spectacular acting for this role. Yoo Seungho & Kim Sohyun need the other actors to match their ability so that there is acting consistency throughout.

Sorry a bit lengthy but just my two cents bc I love L, but I just hope for an Infinite F comeback instead of this, I don't want to see one of my favourites getting hated on orz & if he does this, he will get hate.

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It's funny how everyone is petrified of L appearing in any drama. LOL. It was the same with Taceyeon but he redeemed himself somewhat in Let's Fight Ghost. Just never work on any drama that requires emotional scenes.....L, I'm not even sure if he will be ok in any light fluffy roles.

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Taecyeon was worse tbqh.

This is a second lead role so at least L's not the main lead.

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We still have the legendary U-Know YunHo to prove us wrong. Even his own I'll-go-to-the-ends-of-the-earth-for-you fans begged him not to take up acting roles.

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I'm honestly worried about this L casting since this is a sageuk drama which is x2 more challenging than modern-day dramas imo. Add in the excellent acting of the two main leads and L will have ~acting controversy~ articles popping up in no time. He might as well stick to webdramas or romcoms for now tbh.

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I don't think yoon so hee is a great actress in saeguk drama.

Talking about L, he's so bad at acting

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You know who this second lead role reminds me of?

Lee Ji-hoon.

He also played a sort of stand-in king in Mirror of the Witch. And he was fantastic in it.

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But Lee Ji-hoon played a real king in MotW. Agreed that he was fantastic though.

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Water, again? Do you like water that much, Yoo Seung-ho?

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He needs lots of water to replenish the rivers of tears he cries in his shows.

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I thk i read an article elsewhere that said L confirmed. Yoon So hee keeps getting casted opposite idols. I thk shes serviceable. But im tuning in to ruler for Yoo Seung Ho and Kim So Hyun. They are both great actors. I dint really care about the 6 yr gap. I was worried it Let's fight it ghost and that worry was unfounded- Kim So hyun interacts so effortlessly with her male costar. Yoo Seung Ho can emote so well. So im really looking forward and hopes the script and directing makes full potential of our leads. Kim So Hyun is 18 next year, or 19 in Korean age- not really a minor anymore either.

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Of all the possibilities, they went for the one singular person I literally cannot stand on screen. L is of another star when it comes to 'acting'. In that I wouldn't insult the word by associating it with him.

I really hope it doesn't push through. I love the leads too much not to watch and dislike the second lead too much to watch. Gah. I guess I can take comfort in Taec + Yoona improving immensely in the past dramas they've done. Then I remember IU ruining what could've been a decent drama so...

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IU is better at acting than Taecyeon or Yoona though. She was great in Producers and became quite good in Moon Lovers, at least her face has expression.

L is terrible but not worse than Taecyeon's acting.

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'Quite good'?????? Seriously... lol, I think that's a huge reach, but each to their own. In MY opinion, Yoona is just as good or just as bad as IU depending on how you describe both girls. In some roles, they do fine~well, and in others, they are goddamn terrible. Yoona was 'great' in PM&I just like IU was 'great' in Producers. And IU was just as unbearably terrible and ridiculous in Moon Lovers as Yoona was in Sarang Bi.

As for L... not even. Not. At. All. Taec can emote and show some sort of reaction as far as I'm concerned, and paired with someone like Kim So-hyun he did a passable job in Ghost. L can only half smirk - whether he's pissed, angry, happy, flirty, neutral or sleeping. He has one expression. Literally. So... I don't agree with you whatsoever.

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WHAT??? L on sageuk drama??? ARE YOU FKING KIDING ME cuz is not even funny!
L doesn't have a face of sageuk historical drama omg that face is so modern looking looks beside he's only has one typical expression so wooden and stiff and awkwards too, sungyeol is better

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Yeah L face is very modern looking, like a modern guy. I don't know why he's going for sageuk. He's just going to end up with acting controversies.

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Too bad sungyeol is too nugu to get offers and not good enough to pass auditions lol

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Oh MY! please drama gods, i promise i'll be a good person next year, so please at least give my beautiful couple a decent second lead! I am humbly begging you!

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I was hoping that at least, Yook Sungjae will take the 2nd lead or maybe Kang Minhyuk and/or Kwak Dong Yeon although I don't know their acting experience yet. But I don't mind them casting L for I'm anticipating in this drama because of Kim So Hyun and Yoo Seung Ho. But still hoping that they will cast the good ones and don't just depend on KSH and YSH. Can't wait to see this drama anymore.

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L is ruining this drama.

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The premise sound interesting though, and the only idol I ever get infatuated with is Seo Inguk. Ah, can he be consider as an idol??

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It's funny to see random people on the net worrying about a project more than people who created it or worked hard on it.. He received an offer, he's getting paid good money for it for it i hope he accepts it .. He's not going to decline every offer he receives just to please people who are not even gonna watch the drama anyways ^^ No need to talk about the exaggeration of course.. as if k-drama cringe worthy acting is oscar worthy.. Come on everyone >_>

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Well he's eye candy and isn't the main role. I think we'll survive. I kinda liked his cameo in that drama "The Time We Were Not In Love"

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He's the second lead though.... and by the description his character seems super important. I'm so sick of people saying that the supporting characters aren;t important to excuse an idol's crappy acting.

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I'm an inspirit and I agree 50% with that. He is a reckless actor, too sloppy. I regret watching my lovable girl and all but his recent drama, I want to protect you one more time; he is actually a good actor in it. His role is very natural in this and it's lovable. I really ship him with yoon so hee since these two are only the main character in the previous drama also. I think he will be comfortable with the cast and maybe even look great in hanbok. Plus he is better off acting an insane or a funny character cuz he is anyways a silly and clumsy guy. Haha. I'm looking forward to this one and I'm proud of him and his hard work. I hope he will keep up all the good work!

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So many people bothered with L's cast.But he can improve his acting skills.Director isn't blind.Maybe he find something special in L's acting.And this is his first time in a historical drama.If he think that character isn't suits L,then why he choose L?Guys please shutup and just wait for the drama.

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The PD and production team want him, they obviously know their job better than anyone who has a problem with it and who's playing the expert.. "she's so loveable" was more than 2 years ago, the script was shitty, the plot was shitty, the acting of the whole drama was shitty.. You can't blame him for all of that.. Since then he filmed 1 full movie where he's the main lead and 3 dramas and he proved since his appearance last year that he improved a lot and the industry is aware of that.. that's why he's getting even more offers than before.. So i hope people would stop being biased against him because they think his acting 10 years ago was "bad".. They need to move on tbh.. He just rejected a drama role where he's supposed to be the 1st lead so he probably has no problem to reject this one as well if he thinks it doesn't fit him and he's obviously not desperate for roles and just happens to get a lot of offers at this point.

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Some people need to know,over 90% international fans waiting for this drama because of INFINITE L.Sorry for saying that,some people act like kdrama actors are in oscar level.No hate.I also love kdramas.But you can't hate persons like this.INFINITE L improved his acting skills in really good way.I think this drama going to be big hit because of him.I like other casts too.

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i agree with tyui's comment, as much as korean fans hate to see L in dramas, international fans are WAITING FOR IT EAGERLY instead. i'm sure the producers saw something in him that they chosed him. it's not like the comments regarding L's acting are from professionals who have acted before, have u acted before? calm everyone, let's just wait & support this drama.

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After watching the drama... im sure people here are all surprised by L's acting.I won't say the ratings are thanks to him cause everyone played their part.but srsly don't lie to yourself that L was bad here.Don't be those type of people who believes in'once cannot than forever cannot' u ppl suck.Learn from Myungsoo and improve your own personality of judging people

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I would beg to differ, I'm not biased or anything but yes he was a little cringe worthy in My Lovely Girl, but in The day after we broke up it is obvious that his acting had improved. L in Ruler: Master of mask, reinforces my point in him being a aspiring actor, you can see some serious improvement!

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