[Scene stealers] Bleeding flowers
by Guest Beanie
Shut Up Flower Boy Band
Those who know, know.
Those who don’t know, should watch.
Some performances steal a scene.
Some an episode.
Some steal an entire damn show.
And in this particular month on this particular site, there’s only one scene stealer I could possibly write about.
And you already know who it is.
I can’t say the incident was unspoiled. Not for me. I’d heard enough about it in traumatic whispers and mutterings about Trucks of Doom and Guyliner. Any defense of the Truck of Doom always comes with this single but significant caveat.
The Truck of Doom has done serious public service over the years (most recently in About Time). Everyone acknowledges it but… still. And it’s a big, big still. Nice work, Truck, but… still.
How could you?
I went in knowing how this ended. The cast credits make it pretty clear. So even as I pressed play, I knew what was coming and when. But knowing when the trip ended didn’t prepare me for how amazing the journey was. That was unexpected.
Frankly, without Lee Min-ki’s performance the drama would be yet another high school musical. It’d be listed alongside a hundred other shows as an enjoyable but average show about people brought together by music. Cute boys, love triangle, potted plant love interest. Next.
But then there was this. This… luminescence.
Effortlessly combining English rock punk with perfect pulchritudinous K-pop, he was a walking testament to the show’s central conflict while also being a living, breathing three-dimensional character. Beneath the swagger, the stark eyeliner and the self-possession, he was damaged and sensitive. His sad, intense eyes undercut confidence and spoke of an adolescent bravado that masked who he really was with the projection of how he wanted to be seen.
Music and muses and makeup and mates. Spinning beautiful castles of big dreams to mask our true small ones – friendship, family, security, love. The dream of Glastonbury in the end was just a dream of the lasting power of friendship, not a dream of fame or success. He knew already what the others took 16 episodes to learn. He was incandescent and so of course he burnt out early, as all good rockers do.
Who knows what this character’s parts looked like on the page. But I doubt it came anywhere near to the sum given to us by this performance. It was mesmerizing; every minute he was on screen overshadowing everyone else until they seemed like nothing more than cookie cutter second male leads walking in the true lead’s shadow.
It was pure charisma but despite all that an almost understated one that makes it somehow more impressive. He never dominated the stage physically or attempted to steal the limelight from other actors. He often hunched his shoulders and clenched against the world even as he was dancing around it. He just was this character in all its complex, sexy, punk rock glory. And after he was gone, his absence – the absence of a sun – sucked the others in toward the singularity left by his passing.
So in any month devoted to scene stealers, we should give tribute to the greatest of them all.
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- [Scene stealers] The Shining Star of Noryangjin
- [Theme of the Month] Scene stealers
- [Theme of the Month] Choose your own epilogue
- [Theme of the Month] Trend inspirations from our favorite dramas
- [Theme of the Month] Traveling the world with dramas
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