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[Ask an Actor] Jang Hyuk

The one and only Jang Hyuk will be the next actor to take part in our Ask an Actor video series.

We last saw him in dramaland as a former boxer in Bad Papa, and his next project, My Country, will be out later this year. Jang Hyuk will be taking on the role of Lee Bang-won, who would go on to become King Taejong, and the drama will take place during the fall of the Goryeo dynasty and the rise of the Joseon dynasty.

If you have any questions for Jang Hyuk, leave them in the comments! We’ll select some of the most interesting questions and include them in our interview.

Deadline: We will cut off accepting questions on April 18.

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Does your network of friends, including your famous trio of Kim Jong Kook and Cha Tae Hyun, affect your professional life as well? As in, do they inspire you to chose certain scripts over others or act a particular scene differently?

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Gosh why is this the first comment!?! Please add smarter questions beanies to drown out this one abt his friends 🙊

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But it is a smart question

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I agree!

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So much crushing on this man back in his DAEMANG days and it hasn't changed lol. My sageuk oppa!

Question: You are one busy actor! How do you balance family life and work?

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Oh and a few more for his next role as Lee Bang-won.

1. You've played Lee Bang-won before in EMPIRE OF LUST (2015). What makes you want to play the same historical figure again?
2. Do you have a favorite performance in the past that you draw inspiration from, like Yoo Dong-geun in TEARS OF THE DRAGON, Kim Yeong-cheol in THE GREAT KING SEJONG, Ahn Nae-sang in MAIDS etc?
3. What do you admire most about Lee Bang-won? In history or the drama character.

Jang Hyuk + PD Kim Jin-won = happy fan-girl.

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I was going to ask the same exact question! I'm really curious about his answer. To add on maybe: How are you going to differentiate your portrayal of Lee Bang-won from the many other actors who have played the same character?

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"Daemang days"? Is that the name of a character he played or is that a Korean word meaning younger days?

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DAEMANG is one of his earlier sageuks (2002). It's also known as THE GREAT AMBITION. It was written and directed by the dynamic duos of the late 1990s to early 2000s Song Ji-na and the late Kim Jong-hak.
I love the cast and some of them have successful and lasting careers like Jang Hyuk and the 2 leading ladies, Son Ye-jin and Lee Yo-won etc.

Here are some blog reviews and thoughts on DAEMANG.

https://stuckonhyuk.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/daemang-great-ambition-review/

https://atouchofdrama.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/thoughts-on-daemang/

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Thanks! I've watched all of Hyukie's movies and dreams except Great Ambition which is on my watchlist.

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Which role offer did you regret declining the most & why?

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Thought of one more question.

There's so many upcoming talented actors/actresses in the industry now. Who do you like the most & will want to work with in the near future?

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Would you ever consider starting a career abroad, in Hollywood for example?

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Fun fact: He did a chinese-korea collab movie (Inside or outside) + a singapour-korea-usa collab (Dance of the dragon):D

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You played various roles. Tell me what kind of role you want to play and the leading heroine you want beside you

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1. Which is your fave food and drink?
2. What do you like to do in order to relieve your stress?
3. Which is your fave destination for vacations? / Do you like the idea to come to Greece?

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What factors do you consider before accepting a specific role, either in a film or drama?

If one of your children shows interest in acting, will you support it? Why or why not?

The showbiz industry in your country is now loaded with a vast of amazing actors from all ages, and it seems new talents are being launched continually. With that, how would you want to be distinguished or recognized as an actor?

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No comment just love😍😍😍

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Continuing on the friend question, it is my understanding that you and Kim Sun Ah are good friends, but have never acted together in a drama or movie. Is there any project that you two have considered past or future? Or is this something you wouldn't consider?

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he is my first Kdrama Crush and i'm just sitting here staring at his photo and my mind is blank....
*images of Dae Gil with his mane of gloriousness and six pack*

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*passes popcorn to @spazmo*

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Could I cameo as your teeth in your next drama? What do you think about this question?

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*puts on welding goggles*

I'm dazzled. ;-)

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I'm wondering how scenes that require long dialogues were shot. There were really long dialogues in Deep Rooted Tree that were not just long but very emotional as well. Any know how to ace such scenes?

I love watching you in dramas! Stay awesome!

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Can you please do another ROMCOM, like Fated to love you? You are so adorable in that series!

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Do you have a dream role you wish to play some day? And do you have an interest to work behind the cameras to create your own films or dramas?

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How do you decide between a drama role versus a movie role? What do you like about each medium (drama versus movie)? Do you tend to stay in touch with your fellow actors after a project has ended? Which character that you've played is most similar to your own personality?

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Do you feel like you were typecast at one point in your career and if so, how did you try to overcome it?

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First I have to admit this is one of first kactor crush...... Here's my question
If u had a choice to choose another career apart from acting, what would it be?

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Wow, this is amazing news!

1. How do you cope with the pressure of being in the spotlight, are you concerned about being typecast for roles?
2. I'm curious about how becoming a father has affected the characters you portray in television. Are you drawn towards playing characters with broken families or the underdogs?
3. Will you be releasing more music? What songs are you listening to at the moment?
4. Can you tell is a bit about how you build your characters. Are you a method actor?
5. Your performance in Voice was incredible. It was a show that was very memorable. Did you find it difficult to let go of that character after filming had finished.
6. Can you tell us about your first audition or a performance that you wish you could go back and change.
7. Please share your experience of being in the variety show Real Men.
8. What advice has been the most helpful in your career or personal life?

Thanks for answering these questions Jang-hyuk, looking forward to seeing your next work.

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1. What is your favourite pastime activity?
2. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? 🦸🏻‍♂️
3. Which character out of all your dramas do you relate most to?

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What do you love most about being a father? What is the most important thing you wish to teach your children?

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Useless question, WHy You look sooo HOT even in your fourties? Haha..
How can you manage to do alot of project in one year in recent years and still look passionate and dedicated? That's impress mee alot.

You looked so compatible acting opposite Yeo Jin Go in The Crowned Clown. The scene left me ghoosebump. Is there a plan to act opposites young talent actor as your partner in crime like Yeo Jin Goo?

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How do you transmit your feelings in every single role that you play so effortlessly.

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Fated to Love You was my first Korean drama and Lee Gun was such an unique character. As an actor how do you approach building and bringing each character to life?

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🌸🌸🌸
Question: Sometimes, you look so tired and exhausted. Please give yourself a break for your body and skin so that you could look youthful and energetic in many years to come. Do you do facial and spa? What is your diet meal plan to ensure you have sufficient nutritions to keep you healthy?

Question: Will you consider to play in another romance drama like “Fated to Love You”?

Question: TVN seems to have more good and meaningful dramas done by good directors n screenwriters. Will you consider to seek opportunities to work with TVN?

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What book/film/drama have you read/watched that made a strong impression on you and how has it changed your perspective?

In one of your interviews, you said since having children, you want to become something more than a good father; you want to be a good person. Can you explain what a good person means to you and how are you achieving this goal?

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I understand that the Korean Entertainment industry is very competitive, all dramas/films have pressure to rate well in order to survive, all actors need to stay popular. What do you think is your edge in keeping relevant for all these years? Being hardworking is a given, but what else do you think helps your staying power?
Thanks for answering, in advance. I really enjoyed your nuanced performance in Money Flower.

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How are you as a father to your children and as a husband to your wife?

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Have you ever played a character you were initially uncertain about playing, but ending up really loving as you got into the acting? (does that even make sense)

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When is the movie 'The Swordsman' slated to be released? What are your plans after 'My Country' ??

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Which genre of dramas/movies would you like to act in?
Will you appear in reality program with your kids?
Will you be considering acting in a rom-com again?

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I loved you so much in Fated to Love You. I must have watched it close to five times. You had so much chemistry with Jang Nara. You've acted three times with her. Would you consider acting with her again please? Could you do a rom com with her? Who is your favourite actor or actress? What is your favourite movie? Why do you always appear with weird hair in your dramas? Is it you or your hair stylist? Do you laugh that booming laugh in Fated in real life as well? Please act in a rom com soon, and please be the lead.

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Ditto to everything @yyishere said.

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I just want to go on record for saying I love, love, love, his hair cuts and styles (except for the flipped up curl in early parts of Fated to Love you). And his hats. I love his hats. That man can rock an apple hat!

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Do you have any interest in acting on stage? If so, is there a particular role or roles that you would like to play, and why? I would love to see your interpretation of King Lear, Hamlet, or archvillain Iago in "Othello."

Is there a historical figure you've especially wanted to portray, and why?

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So I just read through my post, and I sound mad.

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@yyishere,
I prefer to think of it as "enthusiastic." ;-)

Thanks for reminding me of Lee Gun's shampoo commercial. It is one of my favorite Jang Hyuk performances.

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Dear @yyishere YY,

You might think you sounded bonkers, but your question about The Laugh got picked. Congratulations! And keep asking mad questions. ;-)

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Omg. Really? And what was the answer?

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Whats the hardest role you ever played and why?

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You have a look and general air that lends itself very well to the gruff, strong types of characters, even though you have done very well in completely opposite characters too. Was there ever a time you felt stereotyped and, if yes, how did you break out of that stereotyping?

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Hasta donde piensas llevar tu carrera a Holliwood tal vez?? Cuando aceptas un papel protagonico para una novela o película que puntos tomas encuenta?Saludos desde Perú

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I've known u n followed your career since u acted in Singapore in 2008. Missed waiting up for u at Changi Airport last year.
U are in your 40s currently n how do u maintain your martial arts agility n persona ?

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How Jang Hyuk managed to keep his charismatic look & that lovable laughter! It's killing every women whenever he smile even noona like me start going crazy over him!🤣🤣

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Just to show my appreciation. Great actor who can do drama, comedy and melodrama equally successfully.

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Out of all the dramas, movies what role best describes your true self?

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Mr. Jang Hyuk What if you can in real life to choose one of the characters that played roles in your previous dramas. (Who will you choose from them ??)

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Love all your dramas, movies and shows! You're such a brilliant and charismatic actor! If you were to write your own script , what genre and storyline will it be ? And what role will you give yourself in that script?

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You've certainly played many characters in a variety of dramas. Of the many roles you've had, which of the characters you've played would you be friends with in real life and why?

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I second this question!

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from all of your movies/dramas character, is there any other character that you really want to try? and why? which one is your most favorite character and why?

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Question- Which drama did you enjoy filming the most?

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I think your greatest appeal is the contrasting charms you displayed when you need to portray different aspects of a character in a role, especially when paired with a good script and storywriter. Personally what do you think your greatest appeal is as an actor?

What is your criteria when choosing a role? Do you accept it because you are confident of pulling it off? Or you want to try something new?

I really love ‘Money Flower’ and PD Kim’s ability to showcase your best aspects in the drama. Will you be working with her again?

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Who is your greatest inspiration or the person you look up when it comes to his or her acting ability and Why?

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Do you want to do more variety shows in the future?
Please please do.. Dragon's club with all your friends was so fun💚💚

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Do you feel honor why you can show for Koreans and specially other nations the Korean history? Is honor to being in body of Joseon,Goryeo kings? How much can you identify with a role,as Vang So?

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Can you imagine a movie or a king drama where you play together with Kim Nam Gil?

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달과 펜스 울타리를 읽었 니? 아니면 달과 6 펜스 영화를 보았 니? 내가 너에게 책을 줄 때, 너가 그것을 추구하면 너는 잘 할 것이다. 브루스 리가 있었기 때문에 안경은 내가 가장 좋아하는 안경이었다. 하하! 나는 당신이 그들을 잘 입고 있기를 바랍니다! 일명 aka Donelle 😎🤟

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Tekintete nyílt és őszinte!Szimpatikus és jó színésznek tartom .Kíváncsi vagyok hogy kik a kedvenc színészei a nagy világban és kivel játszana együtt egy filmben vagy sorozatban? Jó egészséget kívánok önnek és családjának!

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