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Seo Kang-joon confirms webtoon adaptation From A Distance, A Green Spring

The upcoming adaptation of campus webtoon From A Distance, A Green Spring has found a home at KBS, and is planning to broadcast in the spring (naturally). The first actor to sign on is Seo Kang-joon (Entourage, Cheese in the Trap), who has been cast to play the second lead, though this webtoon is actually more about bromance than romance, which makes him part of the leading bromance pair. His character is a puppy-dog freshman who takes a liking to a sunbae and follows him around, leading to an unlikely friendship between two very different boys.

I started reading the webtoon by Jinyoong just to get a feel for the story, and ended up reading way more than I anticipated because I got sucked in by the adorable bromance. It’s a college campus webtoon that’s similar to Cheese in the Trap’s thoughtful, slice-of-life style, about twentysomethings in the spring of their lives, except this one has a focus on friendship. The webtoon’s tagline is: “If you look at life from far away it’s a comedy, and if you look at it up close it’s a tragedy.” The drama is about the in-betweenness of contemporary twentysomethings, no longer youths but not yet adults, trying to figure out life.

I’m not sure if the drama is reworking some of the characters, because most of the press releases seem to conflate the two leads in some way. But in the webtoon, the leading man is a prickly third-year student named Nam Soo-hyun who comes from a poor family and works three part-time jobs to support his mom and younger brother while going to school on a full scholarship. He’s infamously rude and blunt, and doesn’t care at all what other people think of him. (He’s the tall one with dark hair in the manhwa stills below.)

Then there’s bubbly freshman Yeo Joon—the role that Seo Kang-joon has been cast to play—who’s the opposite of Soo-hyun in every way. Joon grew up as the maknae of a wealthy family and knows how to get along with everyone. He cares a little too much about what other people think of him, but it’s because he’s so starved for approval. His father is physically abusive and both his parents think he’s worthless for going to a second-rate university, and he grew up in the shadow of a perfect hyung. He’s quick to cry and witty and fun, and he’s the type of person who’s always surrounded by people but feeling lonely. (He’s the short blonde character.)

The two boys get stuck doing a group project together, and even though everyone around them thinks that Soo-hyun is an uppity asshole, Joon develops this adorable hero-worship for him and follows him around like a an eager puppy, though Soo-hyun finds him annoying at first (one time when they come to class dressed in similar outfits, Joon squeals, “It’s a couple look!” and Soo-hyun takes off his jacket immediately). Through one little white lie that Joon tells, the boys end up becoming roommates and genuine friends.

Seo Kang-joon could really use a nice lovable role after playing THE WORST character ever in Entourage, who was pretty much the crappiest friend and most entitled diva on the planet (seriously I don’t know what the writer was thinking with that character). I wouldn’t necessarily have pictured him as Joon; for example, fantasy castings for the character put Yook Sung-jae in the role, for obvious puppy reasons. But maybe Seo Kang-joon is shooting for an image transformation, which wouldn’t be a bad thing. The bromance of this story is so cute that now I’m eagerly anticipating the drama adaptation. Don’t let me down!

From A Distance, A Green Spring is being planned for a May broadcast on KBS.

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oh-kay... i guess as long as he's in 2nd lead territory and doesn't usurp the 1st lead?

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My thoughts exactly. LOL. Jeez.....he keeps getting roles. His agency must be doing something right. Yook Sung-Jae would have been the perfect puppy. Just watch him in Goblin.

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Honestly, I'm glad that Sung-Jae didn't get the role although I would have loved to see him in it.
He's having a comeback in Korea soon with BTOB (followed by a Japanese comeback) and he was busy with other schedules such that he didn't even attend the Goblin Phuket trip. Best that he does not get a drama too soon otherwise he'd be overworked :/

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Yook Sung jae, oh no. Now I would have loved to see him so soon after goblin. :(

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lol when I saw the words "SKJ" and "second male lead", all I could think of was "oh no...".
Anyways happy watching to whoever will check this drama out, I will pass.

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It's so bad that when you think of him now - you see "Piano Oppa" has some tagged him from CITT.

Amazing how that blunder is still following him around. He was on the rise and then an over aggressive media push turned so many people against him. Guess he is the new cautionary tale in K-media.

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I agree. But I have to say the photo of him in the OP made me laugh, lying down like that, after all the salacious and likely untrue rumours about him and the PD. I never bought them but they're still kicking around in my head. For my part, I wish him well. Thought the entire cast was great in CITT. My beef was they followed the webtoon TOO closely when they sent Jung off on his internship. That's okay for a 500 episode slice of life webtoon, I guess, but it completely removed the DRAMA from the drama and we ended up with a bunch of cliche crap with Inho as the lead in the second half. It's not his fault, that's a writing problem clear and simple.

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What's with the hate? Just admit it, he performed better than the male lead in CITT.

They better cast a strong actor in the drama.

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Stop argueing guys, it's not his fault for whatever he did that you hate him for. Blame the role he played

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He's not the best actor sometimes, but I do admit I like his performance more than PHJ in that particular drama

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I started noticing Seo Kang Joon in CIIT. I think he is the type of actor who likes to accept roles that will help him improve his acting. It's sad that a lot of people believe in rumors and judge the person. He's just an actor, most of the time, it's not his fault. He can't control everything. I feel sorry for all the actors that are judged so easily. Some fans are just so cruel. Why not just ignore them if you dont like them and support them if you do. There would be less hate in the world. ( and less bullies too)

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You learn what means "hate" When a fav oppa is being mobbed by crazy fangirls. When Oppas have so hard how dare someone other steal their thunder.

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If he really performed better than the male lead in Cheese and was so liked..... why were there so many protests from Korean viewers when his role kept getting bigger and bigger?

If they liked him so much there should be only positive comments!

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The hate started on DB. Maybe you should backread the recaps.

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I read the comments from Korean netizens on all the Cheese episodes. They weren't happy about the changes, to say the least. They liked both characters and performances, but were upset they were getting less Jung and his character had started being distorted and written out. And I presume you don't believe they were being influenced by the comments on Dramabeans. The webtoon was pretty well-received in Korea and there was an article published about the viewers' dissatisfaction with the drama's direction in Korea Times.

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lol these "alternative facts".

But don't let actual facts get it the way of your desire to believe it was actually DB commenters leaving scathing comments in Korean, on Korean websites, stating exactly what they thought of Cheese the drama.

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I don't know about the Korean viewers. I liked Seo Kang Joon in CITT and his character Baek In Ho. I thought BIH and Seol were cute together. However as much as I enjoyed their friendship and his one-sided crush on her, I still didn't like how the story developed. This has got nothing to do with his performance. I just didn't like the way Jung got written out so abruptly and without reason. Neither did I like what they did with BIH's character. And this is coming from someone who didnt' read the webtoon. I can imagine if I am the webtoon fan, my reaction will probably be much stronger.

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My sentiment exactly. Then I don't understand those people hating the actor. He was just doing his job. You cannot blame him for giving the better performance.

Blame the writer for making Jung so boring. He was definitely buried my Inho. I read the webtoon for curiousity, Geez, that character was as unlikable as in the drama.

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I agree. I love SKJ, KGE, PJH and LSK. :)

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@SAM saying that PHJ is using his donations to improve his image is uncalled for.you are being illogical.opinions differ.you like SKJ,we like PHJ.End of story

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SKJ is not my favorite actor but I don't see the sense of PHJ fans spreading hate on thread about SKJ. And you talk about donations while spreading hate? How Ironic!

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maybe because PHJ has more fans than him(obviously) Even if SKJ has been in the industry for a few years, you could still consider him a newbie and is still learning. I liked everyone in CIIT. I don't think there is no need to hate on anyone. Just myopinion. :)

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If you really need to compare, in my opinion it's a bit hard to judge their performances adequately due to the writing/directing favoring a character over the other, both in terms of character development and in how one was portrayed very positively, while the other rather negatively.

All things considered, I think they both did fine, with no obvious issues in their portrayal that would disrupt the flow of the drama or ring unconvincing. I think it's more constructive to discuss this in a civil matter rather than trying to impose one's opinion on the other. No one here is an authority in the field of acting.

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I completely agree. I loved every character in CIIT. Let's not judge the actors based on the roles they portrayed or choose to portray. Let's not condemn them just because of rumors. They have feelings, too. As fans we get hurt of the nasty comments directed to our idols. How much more if you are the one being bashed, right? They are celebrities, that's a given. some would say that they should get used to the hate. But still... Just saying...

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Any mention of CIIT should probably come with a trigger warning. It's like we all have collective PTSD and simply go into rabid disputes at the mere mention of it.
If any drama lover would like to treat their PTSD, I suggest you cleanse your mind with these soothing pictures before commenting: http://www.eyebleach.me/. Did it help?

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Coming from a webtoon fan of CITT, the webtoon should be all about Jung and Seol but for whatever reason, the spotlight was shifted on him. Seriously? I didn't wait months to see CITT just to see In ho rising from 2nd lead to 1st lead, and THOSE are not even in the webtoon! It was so disrespectful to the writer that if TvN and the PD wanted a different story then they should have scraped their so-called "tv adaptation".
So why the hate on him? Because he saw it happening and he took advantage of it just for fame. Sadly, he couldn't make his character more likeable than he was.

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I didn't know adaptation is called "copy and paste".

The production company who bought the rights has the liberty to do whatever they want according to their artistic style. The reason they got attached to the webtoon owner so they would not run into copyright issues.

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What you said is because they pay for the right, they could butcher it due to their like, and the original webtoon writer are nothing but decoration.
That was a really bold statement. What that supposed to do? Defense the "artistic" choice or making jab at it?
And you know that the right to call the choice "artistic" or down right stupid are lie on the viewer right?
if the viewer like it, they could turn citt into a comedy, Jung into Oh Young Gon and nobody blink and eyes. But major of them dont like it.

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Imagine if everyone think like you. The world of Art will not thrive.

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By the name of art, butcher that other (clearly not art) that other put so much effort into and loved by millions because we pay for it.

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I thought Jung was even more detestable in the webtoon. Now to restate what's probably been said a billion times, I do agree that they enhanced Sol and In Ho's relationship. To the extent that she enjoyed being around In Ho and got along with him so well it was confusing how she could end up with the actual male lead.

And In Ho was supposed to be a very fierce, large, and intimidating fellow who looked like a hoodlum, while Seo Kang Joon came off as a flower boy.

But SKJ was just very charming in it!

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I don't even had a will to watch it, i ended up hate him on every dramas he is in, like TSH, CSL, CITT (his character annoys me and this drama will be his last drama that i watch), entourage(i didn't even watch it but i know its same too LoL)

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Same sentiments friend, same sentiments!

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LOL who do you think you are? If you won't watch his drama then what?

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SEO KANG JOONS SPEAKS UP ABOUT THE CONTROVERSY

Only days before “Cheese in the Trap” was to be over, Seo Kang Joon was interviewed about recent complaints surfacing about the drama.

Viewers had previously showed their dissatisfaction with the decreasing film time for Yoo Jung and the lack of storyline between Yoo Jung and Hong Seol’s relationship. The original comic writer Soonkki had complained about the production process as well.

Seo Kang Joon, who plays the role of Baek In Ho, soon became the target of viewers, as he was seen as the “new male lead.” He first became unpopular among viewers when some speculated he changed the script to his preferences with Producer Lee Yoon Jung. The rumors first started during an event he attended with his actor group 5urprise. During the event, he spoke to the press along the lines of, “I changed the lines I didn’t feel were good enough.” Viewers soon linked this to Park Hae Jin’s decreasing airtime.

However, Seo Kang Joon made it clear that this was not true.

“It is impossible for a rookie like me to change the story line or script,” Seo Kang Joon said.

“Sometimes I add in improvisations or change the tone of the sentences to make it seem cozier, but I never changed the substance of the script,” he said. “It’s not an area I can touch.”

“I’m sad to see all the fans who are unsatisfied, and I also understand what they feel,” he said.

Meanwhile, he also complimented his fellow actors Park Hae Jin and Kim Go Eun. On Park Hae Jin, he described him as “a caring gentlemen,” while he painted Kim Go Eun as “a flexible and thankful actor who knows how to act with me.”

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btw, the info above was from a news site. I just wanted to share it to lessen the hate they have for SKJ. I feel bad because of all the hate he's getting. Seo Kang Joon, fighting!!!

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This looks so cute! I can't wait! I'm kind of imagining D.O. as the puppy boy... He isn't fond of aegyo or cutesy thing in real life, but he (unintentionally?) acts cute with his actor hyungs... Uh, don't mind me. My imagination just immediately pictured him.

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Can we finally get lee soo Hyuk to be a lead he seems to fit the characteristics really well

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Yeah,he fit the characteristics and he needs a lead role.he has done enough of second leads

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WOW, I think the same! Lee Soo Hyuk and Seo Kang Joon would make a perfect drama for us...

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A perfectly beautiful drama. I would be glued to the screen just to stare at their good looks!!!

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I agree with you too :D

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I'm glad drama fans to acknowledge Lee Soohyuk's acting and want him to be a male lead ....*cries*

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YES x 10000 he needs to finally get the girl and the glory!

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Other sitez are reporting that he is signed on as the lead.. Maybe its about 2 leads rather than 1st and 2nd lead esp given the storyline ... Not sure if i am ready to see him in another lead (or at least where story revolves around him).. He is a pretty limited actor

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He is honestly very limited actor. After showed improvement in CITT, he went back with weak performance in Entourage. He still needs proper guidance from PD and of course good script on hand with a role he can carry.

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He's still green and expected that his acting skill is limited. But I see he has potential. I saw him in CSL first, he did well there. Then in CITT, his character did better and than Jung.
And, in here I don't think that this drama requires that much skills.

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Maybe because girlfriday didn't read the whole webtoon. His role become more and more important in latter part so there are 2 male leads (and no female lead.) More precisely, Yeo joon(SKJ) is first lead, I think.

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So many incorrect information which have been provided by this site. It's the first time. So it's no surprise. Observe how many haters have they created o gathered.

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I mean it's not the first time that they published an incorrect info. So it's no surprise.

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Nam Joo Hyuk for lead...he was awesome in Weightlifting Fairy.

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I would have loved to see Jisoo and Joohyuk in this. Real life bromance! haha

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Nam Joo Hyuk is a bad actor, wake up

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Preach.

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"Nam Joo Hyuk is the type of actor who barely squeaks by when a character is perfectly and even advantageously written for him. His work is mostly mediocre to weak, any role that demands more depth than "the nice guy" is simply out of his grasp. Luckily, his model roots afford him a bit of a pass with the public. Actors of his ilk (good looks, poor skills, still landing prominent roles left and right) only get a tap on the wrist instead of the wash down an idol actor would get for the same performance." -littlepiaf http://netizenbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/01/red-velvets-joy-cast-as-female-lead-in.html#comment-3096809649

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Nam Joo Hyuk and Seo Kang Joon are similar in the way that they are good for a role that fits their characteristic only.

Nam is good in playing sunny puppy role and not so much when he has to play the opposite. Seo on the other hand, is only good when playing broody character and I am one of those that think he was really good in CITT despite the controversies but he showed his limitations in other roles.

In this case, Nam wouldn't be good as the broody lead role (if School 2015 has taught us anything) and Seo is hard to imagine as cheery second lead. Nam would also probably be busy with the other webtoon-adapted drama that he's headlining.

My personal preference for the lead would be Seo In Guk (yes I shamelessly want him in anything before he has to leave for military) or Park Bo Gum who I really missed as chilly Min, not sunny Taeki.

Ji Soo is also usually very good in playing broody / blunt type but I don't know if he's a leading material yet who can carry the responsibility of the whole show.

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Now that I think again, Yoon Yeon Seok won't be a bad choice as the lead as well! He's a versatile actor and it'll be interesting to see him playing up a character who would rival a Chillbong-ish second lead.

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Yes for Seo in Guk!!!! Pretty pleazzz.. it's been ages since I saw him in anything and though I love my puppy jisoo sooo much I don't know if he is still ready to take a lead role. A big nooo to Nam Joo Hyuk. What about Yoon Doo joon??

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I would have thought Nam Joo Hyuk couldn't do angst until I saw him cry in Weightlifting Fairy. I think he was just too green in School 2015 but he's improved a lot.

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Becuz I love SIG, I want to keep him out of any projects with SKJ.

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True that! But I don't think SKJ's agent will pull the same dirty trick again. As we can see the netizens reaction, it's doing more damage to him than good.

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Must be my post-CIIT trauma, but I'm clearly seeing some alternate universe InHo, Jung and Seol in that first picture from the webtoon.

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*CITT

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The story sounds like boy loves.

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Sadly I think Seo Kang Joon needs to go back to second leads for a while post CITT. If only whatever happened, hadn't. He had the makings of another Kim Woo Bin in The Heirs. The Second Lead you love but don't want to get the girl. You want him to be gotten by a lovely, caring Noona figure (it's totally you, and you know it). But whatever that twisted love letter train wreck the end of that show became ruined my appreciation for him. They didn't even write it in anyway for Seol to ever end up with him, since she never showed an iota of romantic interest in him. But the show seemed to find him the most interesting character of the lot. They even gave up feigning interest in their POV character! Hong Seol, you were robbed and so were we all.

Jeez, I really didn't think I still cared. I guess the wounds are fresher than I thought. I'm bummed though. The first half of CITT made me really like Seo Kang Joon, and the second half utterly killed it.

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err. So he's the second lead. Hanging my head in shame to admit my lack of reading comprehension for this article (I saw otherwise somewhere else and jumped in before I read properly. Soz!). I hope he's the second lead. And that it's actually bromance-y. That might sooth my soul. Yay!

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I agree that Hong Seol was the most robbed.

I don't think the PD will ever be forgiven for what she pulled with those roles.

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I don't think I'll get over CITT, EVER!!!

Seriously it hurt so bad, I had to put to paper my fill-In-The-Blank-Space ending ( going with what the show showed us)

Seriously, how can you fail to show us Hong Seol's ambitions and dreams and THEN come at the end, showing her tired, morose and resigned, THEN going ahead to tell us "oh by the way, I finally got my dream job(that we never knew about) and I'm supper happy, yay( while looking seconds from a breakdown of depression)"

Biggest slap!!!

I loved Seo Kang Joon as In Ho( though I hate what the show descended to). Any new role to wipe away Cheesy baggage is welcome.

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Lee Soo-hyuk as Nam Soo-hyun, Lee Ji-hoon (Mirror of the Witch & Legend of the Blue Sea) as Joon's hyung and Lee Yi-kyung as Hong Chan-gi please!!!

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OK this is actually perfect. Ateast all proven can act.

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You do have a thing on "Lee's" don't you? ?

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Guys, when will you stop bringing back CITT fiasco everytime he appeared in the article like ..... come on.... if you hate this guy just SKIP and never comeback again

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One thing i've noticed about beanies is that once a drama does not end well,they'll continue to bash the actor even though the actor has been cast in another drama.CIIT didn't end well but it's not the fault of the actor.it's the fault of the writer.

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I’ve had the same observation as you... besides it’s not Seo Kang-joon’s fault that CITT became a mess, it’s the PDs fault

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That's not necessarily true. A lot of dramas don't end well but beanie in general empathize with the actor and cast, not bash them.

The CITT case is unique because it's blatant and the aggrieved party dared to speak up. Besides feeling disappointed with how the drama progressed and ended, I also felt sorry for the cast. However, quite a number of people here blame Seo Kang Joon for the incident though I have no idea why.

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Are you kidding me?beanies bash a lot.i'll admit that we also empathize but the bashing is more than the empathy

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Eventhough i love beanies - their theories and the way they share and fight for their opinion- i agree with you. Many beanies bash a lot.

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True. They also tend to overpraise an actor just because they love a character that he/she once played.

I also don't like Seo Kang Joon, but he's an actor after all, it's his job to act and his freedom to choose what project he wants to be involved in.

Also no one can force someone to watch a drama. There is always other things to watch anyway. Voicing your opinions is alright, but why torture yourself with an actor or drama that you hate?

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It happens almost every time as people don't know how to move on just from a mere drama, its been one year and guess what I don't even remember the story properly now. Whenever someone says disappointment in CITT, I take few moments to recollect what the story was.

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This is my first time to see a second lead announced/confirmed first before the main lead. Anyway, I cannot wait to see who else will be in this project. Premise sounds like a fun heartfelt story.

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Sounds to me that Seo Kang-joon and whoever will be cast as the other guy will both get top billing as the leads.

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Seriously, the plot sounds like "Yoo Jung and Baek In-ho in a bromance."

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Lol :-)

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With that famous piano to complete the triangular love...

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My first reaction to this article. I can't stop imagining Park Hae-jin as Kang-joon's sunbae after reading the article. Haha.

I can't imagine anyone acting as a sunbae to Seo Kang-joon. Isn't he a bit mature for the role? Anyway, I think I wouldn't mind him being part of the bromance. I loved his bromance in Entourage though hated all other aspects of his character in that drama.

Hope that others stop the hate towards Seo Kang-joon and get a move on with the CITT fiasco.

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Yes! And it doesn't help that the Nam Soo-hyun character looks a lot like Yoo Jung sunbae, too.

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I seriously can't picture him as a puppy-dog cute boy kinda character but if he pull this off then hats off to him

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Really? I can totally see it. I actually think we saw a lot of puppy dog cuteness from Seo Kang-joon in Cheese...

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To be frank, his teammate, Gong Myung fits this character more than him. How come the company didn't get Gong Myung to play this character? Gong Myung's acting actually fits this role.

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Yes Gong Myung. Fantagio should promote him more too. I think SKJ looks old for this kind of character, i dont know. SKJ should do more of weekend drama so that he can improve his skill more, if he is serious on acting. Especially if you are lacking in weekend drama, you wont be bashed like when you are in primetime drama. I think it is a good move for Lee Tae Hwan to do long drama now. Well, it's my opinion.

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Gongmyung is all over in variety shows now, WGM, Jungle, and a beauty show I don't remember the name. It's surprised me that his company Fantagio is influential enough to get him those gigs..

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His company is certainly powerful enough, considering the way they've been promoting SKJ...I don't think SKJ would be able to get one role after another, almost exclusively in high-value productions, without an influential company backing him.

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I roll my eyes everytime the CITT thing gets brought in. Isnt it kinda stale... let it go already. Everyone has moved on. Im happy for SKJ and I hope he gets a good role this time. I actually think hes the lead in this and not second lead but who knows. Anyhow hes young amd has lots of room for growth. Also glad fantagio is doing a good job with his career and the other 5urprise boys. Kang joon fighting!

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Now I am wondering what did Seo Kang Joon do to deserve all this hate?

My understanding of the fiasco behind CITT then was that the PD favored SKJ, disregarded the writer and wrote the lead character out of the story. Was Seo Kang Joon an unwitting object of favoritism or did he play a more active part in this debacle?

I don't care if he is the lead or 2nd lead, just show us good acting and make us love the character and drama.

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I think part of the problem was also that his agency tried to media play about how audiences liked him more than Jung. Only the audience (netizens) basically said f- off, these are media play lol.

I don't think there's any problem with him now for that now. If this project does well he won't get hate.

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agreed. IF his projects go well, i think it will do a lot to curb the negative impression around him. HOWEVER, he hasn't done well - which is to me, justifies the bad taste in my mouth whenever I see his face because i have proof (for the lack of better word) that it was a terrible terrible mistake for him, his agency, for CITT decision makers or whatever it was the force behind his complete takeover of my once beloved show.

All i can think/see is this mediocre actor ruined that show and look, he ruins another one with his sub par acting. But i guess it doesn't matter because it seems that he is still getting so much work and attention for purely his looks and not talent.

I hope this show goes well for him but I doubt I can watch him in anything for a while. (And I really liked him in Cunning Lady and lord knows, he was terrible in that lol)

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It would be nice if the badmouthing of any of the parts involved would settle down. Depending on which character or actor is preferred, the other one bears the brunt of hate. Dislike for the character gets transferred to the actor. Even Kim Go Eun didn't escape this whole debacle unscathed. I think discussing the shortcomings of the drama as a whole and the actors' performances can be be done even without judging the real life character of the actors and refraining from making wild assumptions (and there are quite a bit of those going around for both actors, sadly). In my opinion the favoritism of his character ended up hurting not only Jung, but all three main characters - truly a fiasco.

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In my opinion the favoritism of his character ended up hurting not only Jung, but all three main characters

Exactly!

I am reading all these comments here and realize more people project their love/hate for a character to the real life actor than I'd assumed. They are talking about Seo Kang Joon like he's Baek In Ho.

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SKJ doesnt deserve the hate for CITT mess, because he was not at fault and to be blamed. The production and the upprhand were to be blamed in my opinion. Amd maybe his agency too.

Generally i dont like him as an actor, regardless on the CITT mess, because CITT mess mainly due to the writing and yes behind the scenes drama, i guess. SKJ was even hated even before CITT (for his acting) , so CITT just added up more fuel to fire. He is actually a victim too. Nevertheless, it wont change the fact he is bad or mediocre actor. Aside from CITT, his acting in other project was weak.

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I've never really warmed up to him. I found him promising back in Cunning Single Lady then felt he hasn't gotten past promising in succeeding projects. I'll watch depending on who else gets cast. The webtoon sounds charming though!

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Skj seems to fit rough wounded puppy more. Or maybe thats mostly what ive seen him as. So im sorta interested in how he'll play this nice puppy char.

Also glad that he isnt lead(or is he?). Imo he's not ready for a lead role yet *coughEntouragecough*. His char in the show was bad. And his acting sure didnt help. I often find him bland but watchable esp in the right roles(like in that other college-themed drama) plus he's pretty(lol).

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Even second lead is a bit too much for this actor. I've seen him in two works now, Cunning Single Lady and Entourage, and he should be a minor supporting role at best. He's way too limited, and a poor actor. He needs to have some minor supporting roles and build some serious experience and skills.

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Just can't get why he has so many antis.
He is still "green" , however, it's undeniable that he is working really hard to improve his acting skill. He is charming and he caught your attention with his visual. Like it or not.
His agency is a bit greedy to land him lead roles while he better work on various types of supporting roles to challenge his acting range.
He really has not much luck in most of the productions. It's like luckiness and unluckiness mixed together. Especially the writing part.
He must have potential that the Pds keep casting him in their projects.
I think this role is within his strong territory.
Hopefully it will be a "meaty" role for him, not just a simple sweet guy .
He is 6′ 0″ in real life
So whoever will be Nam Soo-hyun , he must be really really tall.

P.S : CTTS trauma must be strong when I see the female lead also has red hair. All I can see is Seol lol.

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He has anti's only on DB. Maybe you should check out how the recap was written.

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Even this article can instigate those hates further.

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I don't even had a will to watch it, i ended up hate him on every dramas he is in, like TSH, CSL, CITT (his character annoys me and this drama will be his last drama that i watch), entourage(i didn't even watch it but i know its same too LoL)

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seo kangjun's eyes are soooo beautiful- they're like little golden pools you could drown in
btw, i always thought him and lee sunkyung could be siblings based on looks alone.. they look somewhat alike

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That's what my mom says--that he has beautiful eyes. She describes them as captivating and dreamy. Both him and Lee Sung-kyung have really light, brown eyes that's really pretty and attractive. Ha, I just realized that they played siblings in Cheese! They do resemble each other: http://scontent.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xfa1/t51.2885-15/s640x640/sh0.08/e35/12407422_1657298567872524_216917370_n.jpg

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Man, I still get the creeps when I heard his name.

If it's only 1-2 dramas, sure, the fault might be in the writer(s) but I've watched at least 3 dramas he's involved in but I still find him kind of bland. I agree with some people who said that he's the type of person who's only good at playing a certain type of character.

The thing about db readers being the only one who doesn't like him is untrue though. I'm following local (Indonesian) korean recaps & news sites and Line groups, and the commentators are mostly skeptical of him. It's like "at least he's pretty", "watching just to see him", or "well pretty people is free to do anything" (to be honest, that can't be counted as a good reaction toward a drama). You are putting too much blame on db. If you don't like how they write it and can't make a better suggestion, just get out (or try to join the db team and see how you can be objective and neutral 100%)

But anyway, his face in the cover looks convincing as a puppy-like character, and his lips kind of reminded me of Lee Jong Suk's plump lips. But the height is kind of.. I can't wait to hear who's going to be the main lead though. The main lead (the one with black hair) sounds like the type of character I'd love.

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Wow, the other actor has to be way taller than the second lead. I like the Lee Soo Hyuk suggestion, just picture Gwi landing in college with an annoying puppy bent on following him around. So many hair flips, So many weary sighs in his broody manCave( mansion )

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Aww~ I miss Gwi in his hanbok. So pretty~

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I dont really hate him and i have only seen him in CITT but seeing the posters really reminded me of CITT and the lead character looks and suits Park Hae Jin i know it wont happen but it would be fun if they could have a reunion.

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Where did you read the webtoon? I really want to read it.

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Unless you want to read it in English..no one's translated it. Maybe one of the official sites will pick it up since it's becoming a drama

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Thanks! But awww pooey that it's not translated to English because this sounds really cute!

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Anyways I've been over all this SKJ hate and I hope that this'll fit him really well because he does have that puppy dog quality in real life. Hope this goes well for him bc if it doesn't I can just imagine all of those CITT ppl coming out of the woodwork to crucify him.

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PHJ fans on the loose.

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Tbh I'm a huge PHJ fan I think he's one of the best actors I've watched in (almost) every role he's been in but these ppl really need to relax. Like just go wait for Man to Man to air or watch reruns of one of his 10000 hits no need to drag another person down bc of something that wasn't even his fault.

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Really? Which one? Obviously not the MLFTS drama.

I haven't seen him in a challenging role yet.

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I loved him in MLFAS!!!!! Maybe not his character but definitely him. Though honestly my perspective might've been affected by my massive love for him. Honestly his ability to knock psycho killers (or framed ones) out of the park really sells it for me bc most of the time I find the actors to be too ott for me to handle. I think after watching him for the first time in CITT and then watching Bad Guys and then Doctor Stranger I really just loved him dearly. Though there is a recurring theme in his characters lmfao

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He was great in East of Eden, Bag Guys and CITT. This guy is taking time slowly to build his career.

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Dont forget My daughter Seo Young.. That one are great! Even hit more than 50% rating

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Oh, my bad, not more than 50%, just almost 48%

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Rating does not mean excellent acting performance.

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That's the weekend drama one right? I can never bring myself to watch those just bc of how long it is. I typically can't watch a show that goes over ~23 eps unless there's a season break. But it's the one with Lee Bo Young right? I heard they were both really fantastic in it! And 48%???? Talk abt a mega hit

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I know right, i download the whole drama (50 episodes) right after i watch Citt but just finished it few months ago.
It's a combination of solid performance and nice comprehend plot point.
There are no evil mother in law or "good to the point of stupidity" female lead, they all make mistake and learn from that to love each other more. Not only romance but the affection between family, too.
And how character learn to forgive each other, how the female lead learn to love herself, embracing herself when she thought that no one do.
You got both heart wrenching and warming moment from this drama.
If you have the time, definitely check it out, totally worth your time.

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And PHJ character in that drama are my definition of a perfect guy.
I wont spoil that drama for you but there a a scene when he got a confession when he already have a girlfriend, he tell the girl right away that he got a lover and she cry. Even thought he feel sympathy for her, he did not go back and comfort her because that would be inconsiderate of his girlfriend and give her false hope. He still polite to the girl but drew very clear line.
And he look super hot, too. hehehe. PHJ got a lot of fan because of that performance.

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50 eps???????? Wow I might give it a shot just bc of how much I love PHJ and LBY and how highly you're recommending it. It might take me a year to watch lmfao but PHJ + him being styled as handsome? You sold me on it

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Upvoted Knetizens' comments are all negative.
first of all, SKJ's image doesn't fit with the character's image. both in physical image and vibe image.
second, they believe that he's not that good at acting.
they are worried because this character is not an easy character to portray.

i guess we will find out when the drama begins.

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Says who? By PHJ fans?

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Exactly. I live in korea, he has more ads than PHJ. In fact I was thinking to myself whenever a new ad is launched, isnt he hated? Then I realise ... ive been reading on DB too often and a small public of extremely noisy vessels (intl and local) dont represent the whole public. Same as Nam Joo Hyuk, just look at the likes on his official instagram page. Even inane pictures get more than half mil likes and I thought hes "hated" too?

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People critice Nam Joo Hyuk for his acting ability; like how they criticize the actors whose acting ability is bad like major of the idol-turn-actors. Even Song Seung Hoon is severely criticized for his acting; but they do not "hate" him nor NJH.

And Park Hae Jin is pretty selective when it comes to advertisements. The current brands that he is modeling for are only Center Pole (previous model is Wonbin); Lotte DF and JAYJUN (which just recently launched and targets on the 20s above customers, no much history to look into and judge whether this brand is huge or not).

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PHJ is not hated. His fans are spreading hate against SKJ.

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so we have to find someone much taller than Seo Kang Joon for the first male lead?
or are we not going with the webtoon image?

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Yeah... The first person who came to my mind as the first lead was Kim Woo Bin. What do you think?

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Yikes, some of you are nasty..

I am rooting for SKJ, I believe he will do well.
I second Lee Soo Hyuk as main lead! :)

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Looking at the pictures, there's a lot of angst for bromance ;)

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Haha, this is definitely giving me STRONG CHEESE VIBES. I mean, I can't be the only one that thinks the prickly Nam Soo-hyun looks an awful lot like Yoo Jung sunbae in Cheese, right? From the black hair to the height--the resemblance is uncanny! Anyways, this sounds super fun and adorable and I wanna watch it NOW. I guess I wasn't supposed to, but I liked In-ho/Seo Kang-joon in Cheese, so I don't mind Kang-joon's casting here. Just based on his portrayal of Baek In-ho, I thought he was likeable and I found myself sympathizing for him, too, so I can totally see him being the cute and chipper puppy on the outside but kinda broken on the inside. He's got the puppy eyes, I'll tell ya that. I actually read elsewhere that he was cast as the lead, so it's interesting that he's actually the second lead. I wonder who's gonna play his hyung. The "It's a couple look!" scene sounds so cute and I'm already playing it out in my head. This sounds really heartwarming and cute and I can't wait to watch it!

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This reminds me of Hansung in Hwarang (he's like a little puppy, grew up wealthy and follows around Seo Woo)

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OK. So second lead was first announced? wow i am more surprised to see this. This sounds cute and nice drama to watch. I never liked SKJ's acting even before CITT and it didnt changed. However, if the main lead is someone that I love e. g Lee So Hyuk, i will watch it. But why do I feel like the reason they gave him second male lead role, because to create some SLS? This drama will have some love triangle too, right?

TBH i saw SungJae or Nam Joo Hyuk in this role, but yes they are busy with their own projects. SKJ might not be a bad choice, but I am curious who is the male lead.

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Mm, this is interesting... I've never read the webtoon, but the pictures reminded me of yaoi manga, with the average tall male guy we can see in most of the romance manga out there and the other male character, shorter and with more feminine traits who would be "the girl" of the relationship (not talking about real life gay people, just about many yaoi manga and how it compares with shojo). Because (since so many people mentioned CITT) there could have been bromance between Inho and Jung, both equally tall, equally mature I guess, but these pictures show a childish guy, so, more girlish (always thinking about manga portrayal of females who are not a tsundere type, etc.).

This doesn't mean there can be bromance between those type of characters, but it makes me wonder if the intention of the author could have been creating a gay story without having to face the dislike of people who do not accept that concept. Or maybe my mind is overthinking it, like I said, I haven't read the webtoon.

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I agree. The pictures give off a bl- ish vibe esp in the more recent chapters. But this will be broadcasted on kbs...so ya know.

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I third that thought. The picture IS very yaoi manga-ish, complete with the gender stereotyping imported from shoujo.

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How can someone be so handsome?? Gosh...

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Whoa, this webtoon sounds too gay-ish!
Now my interest is piqued..
Imma wait and see..

Seo kang jun, ur adorable in Cunning, single lady and cheese in the trap but so, so bland in hwajung, and entourage..
Give me some good acting and all will be forgiven..

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I hated him during the cheese in the trap debacle but realised its not really his fault but the PD and Tvn...so I was willing to give him a chance with entourage but boy, what a disappointment!! People didn't call him an acting black hole for nothing..
Now, another project? When people still can't forget his terrible acting in that show?!
Goodluck with that!

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I have loved Seo Kang Joon's acting. His last role in "Entourage" was pretty crappy...so I am very pleased that he is taking a step back into a complicated/hurt hero-worshipping sweetheart role. I think that he will do well with it. I like the manga story. It is in the hands of the writer to make it carry over into a drama. Like any "book to visual media" translation, sometimes people are disappointed with the conversion from their favorite book or manga into a live action type of drama. It is not always the fault of the actors....and sometimes it is quite challenging for the writers, too! Sometimes, our imaginations are so creative and so powerful, that some "magic" from our own version is lost whenever we see it performed...and we get disappointed in that loss. Give this show a chance. I think that it will be good. Let's just give it the opportunity it deserves.

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am i the only one who can imagine kim min seok fitting SKJ's role so perfectly, i don't mean it as hate towards SKJ because i am excited to see him in this role but based on the pictures above it looks like KMS in doctors and he is short and always a puppy

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Can anyone tell me where to find the manga online please?

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Wow, I've been so used to Lee Sung Kyung as Bok Ju that I forgot, she really is quite a knocker!! I loved their frustrating and very unhealthy sibling dynamics in CITT.

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Yeah.. i was thinking about yook sungjae too.. or park bogum if he still wants to take secondary role, that is.. or jisoo..!!?

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Honestly, after reading the after reading the synopsis the first actor who came to my mind for the male lead who "is a prickly third-year student named Nam Soo-hyun" is KIM WOO BIN.

I guess this character will suit Kim Woo Bin the best. He being so tall and appears to be blunt. Oh! It reminds me of him in the drama The Heirs and School 2013. He nailed those two dramas.

Fingers crossed. I pray he will be casted in this.

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I'm rooting for the kid and his honey colored eyes. I hope that he is praised and loved for his lovable pup performance.

Hwaiting!

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It's webtoon adaptation and people will see Baek Inho come back into Dramaland. What to do, Seo Kang-joon? I don't think some people will welcome you.. TT

I know it's wrong but I portrait Yook Sung-jae as the bubbly freshman Yeo Joon. He's all about bubbly-cute-guy.

I'd like to recommend Seo Kang-joon to cast into thriller/action drama instead webtoon adaptation. He needs to upgrade his acting talent to let people see his new side of him.

Please kill "Piano Oppa" from my memory... LOL

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I want Seo Kang Joon to win. I think he's a nice guy who got caught in that CITT mess. I wish him well and hope that this role will be the upswing that his career needs. He can't seem to catch a break.

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OMG, a bromance webtoon?? someone pls tell me where to read this webtoon in english? since I've searched but nothing? :/ pleasee pleasee

every SKJ article is always connected to CITT lol, that drama, it traumatized me so much I don't really trust webtoon > drama adaptation anymore, but I do love SKJ getting the attention he deserves, and not to put him in bad light. I hope this drama does him good and don't even get me started on entourage....

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The people mentioning Kim Woo Bin for the taller dark male character made me long to see him & Lee Jong Suk act together again. God knows Jong Suk thrives on puppy-ish charm and can switch on the angsty underlayers of his character as needed, while KWB can make the audience care for him and his story even while being an arrogant ass. Plus their bromance ability is off the charts. Lol casting goals.

This production seems more geared for rookies though. Which is why I keep picturing idols. BTOB Yook Sungjae fits the look and can certainly act the part, he may not be looking for another acting role so soon though, and visually iKON's Jinhwan is almost eerily accurate, he looked exactly like the character in this webtoon pictures down to the angelic blond curls when he debuted but I don't think he's ever acted though. He was also insanely cute with Seo In Guk in that pet show Mari & I.

I can't picture SKJ as a cute bubbly puppy but based on Roommate he can do well in bromance. Good luck to him.

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Hello all. I really want to read the webtoon but can’t find it. Does anyone know where I can find it. I have already looked in Line Webtoon

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I loved Seo Kang Joon in CITT and I liked him way more than the Male lead and wanted him to have a happy ending! I thought his acting was quite good and I can't get enough of him, now I'm trying to find movies or TV shows with him in them to really put him to the test. I think he's more of one of those actors that take the shows that'll improve his acting skills. Other than that my boy over here is hot, just had to point that out. And no I don't just like him because he's cute, that's just a bonus.

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