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Voice 2 offers role of new team leader to Lee Jin-wook

Well, he’s no Jang Hyuk—though to be fair, Jang Hyuk is one of a kind—but it’s good to hear that OCN’s gritty police procedural Voice is gearing up for its second season by courting Lee Jin-wook (Return) to step in as the new leading man.

The first season, which premiered in January 2017, starred Jang Hyuk as a police detective and Lee Hana as a voice profiler working together to solve crimes within the “golden time” that follows a crime’s reporting to emergency services, which also featured Kim Jae-wook in a chilling performance as a villain. Plans for a follow-up season were announced last November, and while Lee Hana has been in talks to return the show, Jang Hyuk turned down the chance to return, saying that he didn’t feel he’d be able to bring something new to the character, which seemed like it would be more of the same from the first season.

Lee Jin-wook is up to play a new character, a detective and temporary team leader of the Golden Time team. He’s sharp and discerning, able to size up a crime scene in a glance, stating the criminal’s actions, motives, and clues in an emotionless voice. Lee should be at home playing a detective, which is what his character is in the current SBS drama Return. Earlier, Kim Dong-wook (Radiant Office) was said to be considering a lead male role for this drama, but I don’t see his name in the recent reports so it’s possible he declined the role Lee is currently considering.

Voice 2 is slated to be a weekend OCN drama following Mistress, which follows the currently airing crime drama Children of a Lesser God.

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Downgrade.

Hard to root for the hero fighting crime when he's got his own shady dealings.

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He doesn't have any shady dealings. I have followed his news for awhile and he is really one of the well behaved actors in kentertainment. He doesn't drink nor smoke which is really rare among kactors.He got involved with the wrong woman, that's all, most knetizens support him.

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I hope he turn down the offer because he already act as detective n twice, eventhough both project is good "time renegade" n "return"

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What? Kim Dong Wook was offered this role? I'd love to see his take. Too bad.

I've mixed feelings towards Lee Jin Wook. I liked him in Nine and Three Musketeers but found him meh in others. Honestly, I can't imagine him doing a Jang Hyuk in this but it's a new character and up to Lee Jin Wook to interpret. I'm curious to see how he will step up to it.

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Why Kim Dong wook, whyyyy. He needs to appear in more drama. I'm fine with Janghyuk not taking this role again and agreed with his reason, but I was so ready to see Kim Dong-wook for season 2. I hope he is still up for this drama, probably for villain role.

Like you, those two drama that I ever liked Lee Jin-wook, the rests are meh. Even based on what I saw him in Return, he is the weakest link among the casts.

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Same. Never heard any news KDW was offered the lead role. I’ll be curious with him to be honest. I cant get enough of him since “Along with the Gods.”

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I think KDW will be playing the villain role in Voice2.

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Oh, that's interesting. He's got a nice guy face but acting chops to play the villain.

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I'd be happier seeing him as main lead. Sigh.

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I wouldn't mind seeing Lee Jin Wook in Voice since the character of Jang Hyuk already got the closure he needed for his wife's case.

I didn't watch Return but hopefully, this drama would let me forget about Lee Jin Wook's acting in the botched In Time With You remake *shudders*

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Ohhhhhh.....okay. I'm not exactly loving him in Return.

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On the other hand, I'm not exactly loving anything about Return. I just ff to the LJW scenes. But after the emotional journey with JBL, Return seemed cold and heartless.

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There are some of us who would prefer Lee Jin wook. "He's no Jang hyuk" that's fine with me. I like LJW's subtle sarcasm he brings to roles.

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Tbh. I'm one of those who are okay with Jang Hyuk but enjoy Lee Jinwook's screen presence more.

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They are both charming in their own ways. IMO, Jang Hyuk plays the part of a tortured soul well in Voice but there were times I felt he overacted. I am hypersensitive to overacting. I can understand why he doesn't want to do the same character in Voice 2.

I always love it when actors surprise me with a wholly new character and show me something different. It's the same with Lee Jin Wook. I want to see him play a more serious(I didn't take his goofiness very well in Goodbye Mr Black and Return) role again. His role in Three Musketeers had the right balance - pained, cynical and quite swoony especially when paired with Seo Hyun Jin.

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This is exactly why I don't like Jang Hyuk. Not only did he overact in the first drama I saw him in, the second drama I watched it was like he was the character in the first drama. He playsed each character just the same, as if it was Jang hyuk playing Jang hyuk in each one. Show me a different character, not the same one each time! I'm hypersensitive to overacting too! Hmm,
I should try 3 M. As far as Return I thought the only thing "wrong" with LJW acting was he didn't really overact as much as out-acted everyone else.

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Coincidentally, I just went to watch the latest two eps of Return out of curiosity after I read of the 'big reveal' by chance. The drama has gotten even more ridiculous.

The story isn't new but it can work if it is done right. At first, I was expecting dark humor or a twisty type of whodunit. It is probably the PD's fault that it looks more like a circus than anything else. The cast is good but the direction is awful. Shin Sung Rok can play this role with his eyes closed but I think he needs to do something very different to avoid being typecast. PKW doesn't look very interested and I'm not sure how Park Jin Hee started but her character now looks as crazy as the F4 sans Joon Hee. My issue with LJW in earlier eps was that his character seemed to be in an entirely different drama. It could be the PD or it could be him, I don't know. Maybe he's the type who needs a good PD. He was similarly unfortunate with a terrible PD in Goodbye Mr Black.

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@outofthisworld
I almost said the same thing in my last comment! His character seemed to be in an entirely different drama! The whole drama would have been better if they'd patterned it after LJW's character. The show took itself too seriously. You're right, it's inadvertently a circus.

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You don't like JangHyuk? It's completely opposite with me who fall in love with him since the very beginning and I'm okay with any of his role. Anything is forgiven lol.

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Thanks for the update, Javabeans!

For a second there I slipped my clutch and read it as SIGNAL. I guess the mills of the gods are grinding slowly on that sequel.

I'd be all in for a second season of VOICE if there were more of the bat-frequency hearing and fewer serial killers.

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Yes. Last time the cases-of-the-week were the best part, much like Mystery Queen. That's usually how it turns out.

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*bat-frequency* hearing, LOL!

Yes to fewer serial killers. I am also tired of chaebol psychos.Kim Jae Wook was good but I got bored of the character fast.

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I felt truly ripped off when Kim Jae-wook didn't follow up as a figurative ladykiller in TEMPERATURE OF LOVE. Such wasted potential.

In VOICE, I found Mo Tae-goo's back story to be interesting if horrifying. The subtext provided by Goethe's poem "Der Erlkönig" [The Alder King] was tragic, and underscored the nature vs. nurture origins of his murderous behavior.

I hope that Baek Sung-hyun is back as officer Sim Dae-sik, Mo Tae-goo's final victim. Yeah, my fingers are still crossed that he survived.

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But wasn't he a team member of jang hyuk's character? If they're changing the main lead then I think there's a chance that the entire team will be changed. Or maybe not. Having said that I really want BSH to get a main role. I loved him in white Christmas. He deserves it.

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BSH is in army so he can't join the cast of Voice. I consider him the lead actor material.

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@ Ghoulinthepajamas
March 12, 2018 at 2:05 AM

Thanks for that news about Baek Sung-hyun's being in the service. I can't keep track of the enlistments and mustering out. ;-)

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It would be nice if they could have some continuity. They made a big deal over the female officer who was the linguist, but she didn't get to do much aside from answering the phone.

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What? This guy is the Moo Yul in White Christmas? Oh my! He grew up real fine.

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What about Yesung? Is he joining the cast. He did well in season 1. The writer had so many good actors on disposal but she failed to use them well.

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@ Ghoulinthepajamas
March 12, 2018 at 2:50 AM

I agree. If his schedule permits, bring back Yesung. He was indeed underutilized. In the second season, they should use him as an experienced member of the team. But since he was stuck in the communications center nearly the whole time, there's not a lot for him to do outside of screen watching and emoting appropriately. Ah, yes. "They also serve who only sit and wait." Maybe boss lady will propose something innovative, such as rotating everyone on the team out into the field so they can see first hand how their efforts contribute to the overall mission. But is that realistic, or even a good idea? (I cannot imagine Penelope Garcia of CRIMINAL MINDS running around in the field. She works at a computer because that's where her expertise lies.) At any rate, that's the only way I can think of off the top of my head for the majority of the team to get a piece of the action. Unless they all get involved in cases when they're off duty, and we saw how well that went for Dae-shik.

Is the new temporary team leader going to replace Jang Hyuk's character, who maybe has to take a different assignment because of his son's illness?

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Baek Sung-hyun just enlisted in the army earlier this year, so we wont be seeing is return.

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I don't remember the use of Der Erlkonig in Voice--was it what he Mo Tae-Goo was listening to in the bath? I haven't spent much time w that poem, and I'm not quite sure how it applies here, unless Mo Tae-Goo is the dead child who the Alder King was seducing? If you don't mind, I've love to hear more on this.

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To clarify the above comment (both this and above addressed to @pakalanapikake): Do you think that the Alder King is a sinister (metaphorical) being from whom his father could not protect Mo Tae-Goo no matter how hard he tried, so MTG is "dead" inside and living in the world of the Alder King? The nature vs nuture aspect being that no matter what the father tries, he cannot save his son from the fate of his nature--i.e., to be a captor of the Alder King? There seems to be much debate about = what this poem means.

Thanks for giving me so much to think about! I've already watched Voice twice; will I now have to watch it a third time to get these references? Help!

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@isbjorn,

Thanks for your query, which comes as a blast from the past. ;-)

Mo Tae-goo had a printed copy of Goethe's poem "Der Erlkönig" on the table beside his soaking tub. As soon as I saw it, my blood ran cold and I knew that it pointed to the genesis of the serial killer. The music he listened to was a passage from Mozart's "Requiem."

I commented extensively on "Der Erlkönig" in the episode 13 recap thread, starting here: http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/03/voice-episode-13/#comment-2732331 .

See also, re: changelings: http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/03/voice-episode-13/#comment-2732913 .

More on the tragedy of Mo Tae-Goo:

http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/03/voice-episode-15/#comment-2741990 .

It's been over a year since I watched and commented. In scanning my posts, I was surprised that I didn't at least mention in passing Prisoners of Childhood [aka The Drama of the Gifted Child] and several other books by the late Swiss psychologist Alice Miller. She addressed abusive child-rearing practices that result in "soul murder," which is exactly what I think befell Mo Tae-goo. Some (but not all) people who have been abused as children go on to become perpetrators themselves. That seems to fit the Kettle Bell Killer to a T.

Those pointers ought to keep you busy. Enjoy! ;-)

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@isbjorn March 31, 2018 at 2:53 PM

Do you think that the Alder King is a sinister (metaphorical) being from whom his father could not protect Mo Tae-Goo no matter how hard he tried...

Mo Tae-goo's father never attempted to truly help his son. He only concealed his crimes -- and that was to protect his own criminal enterprises.

Methinks Alice Miller references Grimms' fairy tales in one or more of her books Thou Shalt Not Be Aware and For Your Own Good, which are the only ones I've read besides Prisoners of Childhood. IIRC, Mo Tae-goo's father traumatized his son and neglected to get him any kind of psychiatric help. He actively enabled him to
kill countless victims over several decades. He was himself such a horrible person that MTG's mother suicided, after which the boy really went down the tubes. That's what comes to mind off the top of my head. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake--fantastic. Thank you so much!!!

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For me, by the time they introduced KJW I had already lost interest in the so called main arc. I guess if you keep things a secret for too long this is what happens. I had become more interested in the' parallel case of the week'. They kept giving us very tiny hints regarding mo tae gu in each case but not enough to keep my attention.

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Yeah, the stringing-us-along trope can backfire. After I while I sometimes get turned off, too. There was enough of Kim Roe-ha's character's shenanigans to keep my attention on figuring out the identity of the serial killer. (Surprise! There's more than one. But one is a sociopath, and the other is just a murderer going about his work.) Talk about having a tragic back story. KRH is one of my fave ahjussis since THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG. I've mainly seen him in sageuks, so this was quite a switch.

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Thank you. I didn't want Jang Hyuk in another season of Voice anyway 😛.
Give him a real sageuk with Seo Ji-hye.

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Amen and amen! That's exactly what I thought. He done great in MONEY FLOWER. Now please give him a sword and send him on a mission in the Three Kingdoms era. Pretty please. ;-)

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He has already been given the sword though. His movie 'Swordsman' is coming soon.

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Thanks for the heads up!

But it would be so nice to see Jang Hyuk kicking butt in a drama like CHUNO that lasts more than 2 hours. Hmmm. I guess that tends to put the kybosh on a sageuk drama any time soon.

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I think he will do the drama with Jung Ryeo Won and Lee Jun Ho as his next. The drama is slated to air on May but there is no news if the cast accepted the offer or not. It's already mid of the March.

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@ Ghoulinthepajamas
March 12, 2018 at 2:55 AM

Thanks for the heads up! The film had slipped under my radar. It kind of sounds like a Korean variation on ZATOICHI. This ought to be fun.

I'd seen the name of the upcoming drama GREASY MELO in passing (unappetizing title, har!) but it hadn't registered. What with HAPPY HOME, TEMPERATURE OF LOVE, and LET'S EAT 2 (plus HAPPY NOODLE and BREAD, LOVE AND DREAMS during my Yoon Si-yoon retrospective last summer) I feel as if I've been watching a lot of cooking shows. It will be interesting to see what kind of twist this one has. Junho was absolutely terrific in JUST BETWEEN LOVERS and CHIEF KIM. I'm tickled to bits at the prospect of his playing opposite Jang Hyuk, who was daebak in MONEY FLOWER. I hope they get as excellent a supporting cast as MONEY FLOWER's.

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I'm not familiar with this writer's work but she has written many popular dramas. Greasy Melo is unpalatable title they need to change it.
Prospective cast is good and it would be fun to watch them together.
JH was great in MF but drama was not perfect. JH despite being talented has been stuck in the unstimulating world of bad scripts, bad direction and unmatched co-stars. He has been living mutiple levels below his potential.
So I wish to see him in a great work where writer-director team can utilize him to max. Something depicting real story with real emotions. A rarity in k-drama world.

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he didn't have enough present in drama, ex: the time we were [not] in love and Return, should just cast Shin Sung Rok and let him be a good guy for once

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I'm pretty meh about LJW. Don't love him, don't hate him. I kind of wanted LHN's character to be the team leader though, especially since she's the one that formed it in the first place.

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Yes! I love her character so much when her bosses were screaming at her for suggesting "stupid" things and she's like "Okay but are you done whining now cos I got actual work to do and people to save?"

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The Golden Time Team had been Kang Kwon-joo's brainchild. She should be running the show in the second season after bringing down Mo Tae-goo. Please spare us a pissing match with Jang Hyuk's replacement. I can't stand the old "fighting on the same side" trope. ;-)

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Voice was such a waste of Jang Hyuk so it'as a relief he is not returning. He looked so lost there. Lee Ha Na should be made main character.

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Jang Hyuk didn't look lost to me so much as an old-school cop who couldn't wrap his head around his partner's unusually sensitive hearing. He did play a flawed character who was devastated by the loss of his wife. Duh, you're right: he was lost in regard to his wife's death (and also her father's demise?), plus he was also worried for the safety and well-being of his sick young son.

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PakalanaPikake March 12, 2018 at 2:09 AM

Correction: It was officer Kang Kwon-joo's policeman dad who was killed in the line of duty, not Moo Jin-hyuk's father-in-law.

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Lost in the sense despite being talented he showed the tendency of exaggeration in Voice. The writer never developed his character and made his character appear annoying. I think JH was tired of playing this character.

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@Ghoulinthepajamas
March 12, 2018 at 3:10 AM

I agree that the character was underdeveloped. My hat is off to JH for being willing to play a gritty, unattractive character torn between the demands of the dangerous and thankless job that pays his son's hospital bills, and the very family he's working his butt off to support.

Now that I think of it, why was it even called VOICE, when it was supposedly Lee Ha-na's EARS that were supposed to be so extraordinary?! Or is season 2 going to center on another voice with unique characteristics? That foils what I thought was the main premise of her character. (Or was it? Maybe her Bat-Hearing misled us, and the whole point was setting up the rapid response team. -- I've lost more than a few pointers to the details in the intervening year.)

Let's hope that in the second season Writer-nim rectifies this misdirected emphasis. From your lips to Writer-nim's ear. ;-)

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I'm mad after reading the new character description: if she's not at the center stage of the drama, I don't care about it!

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Kim Young-kwang? -- What the heck?! He has 3 movies coming out in 2018. Dude's been busy since Jang Do-han's swan dive off the building with Yoon Shi-wan.

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Hm.

No offense but I think Lee Jin Wook is too handsome for the role, and lack 'crazy' factor.

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I find Jang Hyuk is much much more handsome than LJW but he doesn't mind uglifying himself with brown makeup, ugly hair and clothes. The 'crazy' part can be played well by any talented actor. It has nothing to do with the personality of he actor because far from being annoying, loud and crazy Jang Hyuk looks like a level-headed and softspoken person.

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Yes he such a "softspoken" person. Tbh KimDongWook is has kinda soft-kindhearted man looks too in his previous dramas but in Along With the Gods I can't say no more about him. I'm disappointed with his declined.

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If u had taken time to read the article, Lee JW will be playing an entirely new character, and not the same crazy dog that Jang Hyuk played in season 1.

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True. I wrote that comment before reading the entire article (in fact, I stopped after reading the first or second paragraph, as I should get off the train), but didnt continue reading the entire article until now.

I guess he might be suitable. It is a fresh take for Voice 2 to opt for different story and persona, but again, whether it works or not will depend on some other factors too. I seriously dont know if the part will be a good one for him or it will be another Goodbye Mr Black. I really hope it works, because Voice 1 was a great work.

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I like Lee Jinwook! ^^ I wonder if Lee Hana will return, or will there be a new female lead. I’m okay with both!

But the one I miss the most is Kim Jaewook... T.T

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"But the one I miss the most is Kim Jaewook" Sameee :(

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How's Lee Jin Wook doing lately? I'm not exactly familiar with his recent projects and I've opted out of Mr. Black after reading the recaps, and cringed in Time We Were Not in Love. And reading the comments above me, it seems like Return isn't doing him good either. Is it him and his acting or is it the wrong projects he's in? Just wondering and looking for opinions :)

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"Jang Hyuk is one of a kind" exactly.
Since my Oraboeni turned it down, I can take it off my list and also no Dae-shika.

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I can't stand to watch him in anything after his scandal (which is a bummer because I loved Nine), so if he takes it I probably won't watch.

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LJW? Um no, I'm still suspicious of his past scandal, knowing how unfair and weird the law about sexual harassment/ assault in S. Korea. I categorized him in the same group of PYC, PSH and KHJ, must-avoid list.

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Oh, yikes, scratch that. I've read up on LJW's recent "scandal" and I don't want him on my screen right now.

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I like him. But I like Kim Dong Wook about 100x much more :(

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I am a big fan of Lee Jin Wook ever since I Need Romance 2012 and have watched many of his dramas. Same with Jang Hyuk, one of the best K actors. Two hot guys, talented actors. Just need the right script.

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JANG HYUK may be the best actor on the planet (film & tv at least). And I'm heartened by his refusing to reprise this role because he doesn't think he can bring anything new to it. From Fated to Love You to Beautiful Mind to Money Flower, he has never played the same character twice, is not afraid to look silly, ugly, scary, psychopathic, or sweet. As opposed to others who say his acting is too "loud," I think he's "loud" when the drama calls for it, but contained and reticent if that is more appropriate for the character or scene. In general, his acting is very nuanced--but extremely powerful, which some may mistake as "loud." His agility, ability to quickly but carefully switch expressions, and thoughtfulness never fail to move me. He touches my heart while at the same always leaving me thinking--not just feeling.
LEE HANA should, without question, lead the Golden Time team. Her character did a great job last year--and although I'm not a huge fan of her acting, it certainly was good enough to merit her playing the team leader again. I look forward to seeing her grow as an actress and develop the ability to more quickly respond to what is happening in a scene and stretch her emotional range.
LEE JIN-WOOK was sly, gutsy, unkempt, and smart in Return. Of course he plays "brave" well (see Mr. Black) and sexy really well (see Nine). I'd love to see him have the chance to prove himself as part of GT team. And, importantly, he is NOT being hired to be the crazy dog. If he accepts the role, he will make it his own and I look forward to it.
"SHADY DEALINGS"--this is tricky. Sadly, if you don't want to watch anyone with a past, I guess Jang Hyuk is off your list with his scandal re military service (the memory of which hits me hard at the most unexpected times when I'm watching him in a drama). From all I've read, LJW did not do anything wrong, but I don't read Korean, and am not an expert in K law, so I know what I'd like to believe--and there are plenty of articles in English to back me up--but I don't know what I should believe, i.e., what is the truth.
As a poet, I had to make a decision years ago whether to let a poet's political beliefs (Ezra Pound was a facist--or sympathizer at least), lifestyle (was Lord Byron an abuser of women or just a playboy?), etc. factor into whether I would read his or her poetry, and if I did read it, would I let it affect what I thought about it.
I realized I'd be missing out on too many inspiring, challenging, exciting, wonderful bodies of work if I turned away from the art because of the artist.
But it's harder when the artist is right in front of you: when it's in the present not the past and when you are confronted with the actual body of the artist not just the body of work.
There are several American and British actors and comedians who I can no longer watch--at least not for now. Maybe later. Maybe when some time has passed, I'll be able to look at their work the same way I do...

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Hollywood should cast Lee Jin-wook, Jo In-sung, and Kang Dong-won in movies for the global audiences. Those 3 actors (plus others I’m sure) would carry very well with their amazing good looks and versatility.

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Honestly i dont care who the male lead is as long as Lee hana still the leading lady. She is the best in her character cant imagine any actress doing it.

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