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Lee Moo-saeng joins Ji Chang-wook drama Melt Me

Actor Lee Moo-saeng (Designated Survivor: 60 Days) has confirmed his role in upcoming sci-fi romance drama Melt Me. A man, played by Ji Chang-wook (Suspicious Partner), and a woman, played by Won Jin-ah (Life) participate in a 24-hour cryogenic experiment that goes wrong, and they awake 20 years later.

For the drama, Lee Moo-saeng will play an elite KAIST graduate student who was working with a character named Dr. Hwang Gap-soo on the cryogenics research project as his assistant. To have been part of an experiment with such disastrous unintended consequences, I wonder how that would impact his budding career as a scientist, and I’m curious to see how he either helps or hinders Ji Chang-wook when he wakes up.

As for the actor himself, Lee Moo-saeng boasts a fourteen-year long filmography composed of popular movies and dramas like One Spring Night. He’s even collaborated with Ji Chang-wook before in Fabricated City. Yoon Se-ah (SKY Castle) and Lim Won-hee (Chief of Staff) are also confirmed for the drama.

tvN’s Melt Me will air sometime in the latter part of this year, after Arthdal Chronicles: Part 3.

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I am happy to see where he lands next.

I am loving him on DS:60 because I was hating him on One Spring Night.

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He was/is great in both roles!

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And now that I am seeing him play a character in better light....super handsome ;).

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Thanks for this exciting casting news, @tineybeanie!

*cues up "Popsicle Toes" by Michael Franks*

I've been enjoying Lee Moo-saeng's performance as the North Korean defector who works as the presidential press secretary in DESIGNATED SURVIVOR. His understated friendly rivalry with chief presidential secretary Cha for the affections of President Park's private secretary and confidant, Jung Soo-jung, is a hoot. It's been fun to watch the evolution of his friendship with the sympatico protocol chieff, too. His wry floundering around provides a needed bit of levity, especially now that the underlying conspiracy is coming into focus.

LMS did a nice job as rebel Prince Jinpyung in CROWNED CLOWN, too.

I'm cracking up at the thought of him as a KAIST graduate student researching cryonics. What a career change. Is this going to turn into a live-action FUTURAMA, but without the cyclops and a snarky robot?

*waves to Professor Park Moo-jin in the Environmental Science Dept. next door to the cryonics lab*

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when he was asked all those questions about being a defector i was like woahhhhh i like his style. he's so dynamic like cute, serious, confused. i love it

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Myyy... you’ve mentioned “Popsicle Toes”, my favorite song.. Now, I’m smiling from ear to ear 😍

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@lemoncello,
Aw, glad to oblige. Now segue that into Hank Williams's "Cold, Cold Heart." ;-)

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@pakalanapikake :).... continuing with Sufjan Stevens "Mysterious Love..." :)

PS: in my twenties, I'd thought "Popsicle Toes" lyric was too sensual... (even though it's not). Yet, it has the most beautiful innuendo lines, LoL.

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"Mystery of Love" is indeed beautiful. Thanks for the pointer.

Me and my weird sense of humor. I was literally referring to the motif of freezing temperatures used in cryonics. Ditto for my comment to bong-soo (below) re: the drama's title on Viki. Just posted Foreigner's "Cold As Ice" on my fan wall. ;-)

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@lemoncello,
I just realized that "Popsicle Toes" reminds me of a couple of pieces by Mose Allison that were released the same year: the title track of "Your Mind Is on Vacation (and Your Mouth Is Workin' Overtime)" and "Your Molecular Structure," from the same LP. I loved his turns of phrase and sense of humor, and how he tickled the ivories.

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@pakalanapikake,
Count me among those enjoying LMS in DS:60D. Thanks for the reminder of his appearance in THE CROWNED CLOWN.

Programming note. MELT ME is already on Viki’s “Coming Soon” list under the title MELTING ME SOFTLY. Go figure. It says available 9/28/19. So no availability angst for this tvN drama.
Also, LMS is a HEARTLESS CITY alum.
I guess Viki is starting to license some tvN dramas. I just found out tonight that Viki licensed JKH’s WHEN THE DEVIL CALLS YOUR NAME.

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@marcusnyc20 bong-soo,
When I first saw LMS in DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, he looked vaguely familiar. The absence of sageuk garb threw me a bit. Thanks for the heads-up re: his turn in HEARTLESS CITY, which is towards the top of my to-watch list.

LOL at MELTING ME SOFTLY. It reminds me of Roberta Flack, which could make for a great parody. Or THAW ME, as a tip of the hat to Blondie. ;-)

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prrrooooobably not gonna watch this but i love him on designated survivor. he's also very cute *_*

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I'm excited even though I didn't plan to watch this drama, but I find him super cute in DS:60.

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His character is the closest to the American tv version in the series. He is such a Seth.

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Hello second lead syndrome.

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It's definitely jarring to see him play a rapist on "One Spring Night" to a good guy on "Designated Survivor". Him and the actor who plays Advisor Han (who was a serial killer on "Come And Hug Me")--I keep expecting them to do something evil because of their prior characters...

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While we are at it, Seon Sook-gu, ourSecretary Cha, played that nasty lawyer David Kim in the Korean remake of SUITS.

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No, his turn in Mother was peak horrible.

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It is the reverse for me. His What's Up role has been burned in my memory to a dept that I always expect him to end up on the good guys' side.

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It's weird that his What's Up credit is on very few sites although his role wasn't too small. For the longest time I thought he was a theatre actor and hadn't played in any other drama. I'm glad he has found his spotlight, he has always been great.

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I hate him in "Spring Night", I love him in "DS60D". His crush to Secretary Jeong is super cute... Because of him, I see the job of spoke person is super cool!!!! Looking forward to seeing him soon.... :)

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After One Spring Night, it's really nice to see him in the role of a good person. He's really cute in DS:60. He has so many funny scenes! I really like his character's honesty.

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wohaaaaa... what a news... and best one of the day. i was so badly waiting for his new drama and here it is. am loving him, his cute charm, his spontaneity in DS60... and hope to love him here too.

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I don't think I knew who he was until I saw him in Designated Survivor. I'm really liking him and his performance in the drama. I'm already looking forward to watching him in the upcoming show.

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