Nobody cares about the ‘woulda, coulda, shouldas’
Lee Yeon Hee: NOT in Girls Generation
This article’s a little harsh, but I can’t say I disagree. I’m getting a little bored by the constant reporting of such non-news too:
“Almost was? Would’ve been?” We’re overrun with meaningless confessions!
“I was almost a member…” “I would’ve been in that…”
These days, there are lots of stars making unseemly confessions — after-the-fact secret stories like, “I was almost ___.” These stars make such statements to appeal to the public’s sense of curiosity, but only leave bitterness behind.
Recently, comedian Hong Rok Gi taped an episode of MBC Everyone’s Neverending Show and revealed, “I was supposed to be a member of [hit ’90s pop group] Clon.” Not too long ago, Lee Yeon Hee caught people’s attention when she said on KBS2’s Sang Sang Plus, “I was almost a member of Girls Generation.” …
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Lee Jung Yong, NOT of “Legend”
There are other stars who claim they were almost members of popular idol groups. Jin Ju is one such example — she stated that she was almost in the group SES.
These “almost were” confessions aren’t just limited to these types of statements.
On a recent appearance on MBC’s variety show Jipijigi, Lee Jung Yong drew interest from his admission that he’d had to give up the chance to appear in the MBC fantasy historical Legend when he was picked to be the representative for the 2007 bodybuilding conference.
It’s not new for “casting secrets” to be summarized in this way. Han Ye Seul‘s role in the MBC hit Fantasy Couple was originally cast with Uhm Jung Hwa, and people have mentioned the casting details of the film The King and the Clown, which shot Lee Junki to stardom. The anecdote that Chae Jung Ahn was cast in a stroke of good luck to pinch-hit for Kim Ah Joong in MBC’s Coffee Prince is another one that’s been spread around.
Uhm Jung Hwa, NOT of “Fantasy Couple”; Han Ye Seul as Anna
But these meaningless confessions only serve to cause bitterness. Saying things like “I was almost a member of…” or “I was almost cast in…” can make the star look like they harbor personal disappointments or even that they’ve lost their sense of courtesy.
While the person concerned may divulge a meaningless trifle in a light story, once the words are dispersed they can inflict injury to another party. Not only are these stories of missed castings impolite to the person who took on the role eventually, it can also be seen as an insult by the other party.
When wondering at the reason for such confessions that just highlight a star’s own selfishness, one can look to the success that such projects have earned. One has to wonder at the likelihood of Lee Jung Yong explaining that he’d given up a role in Legend if that series hadn’t been a hit.
In truth, even if these stars had followed through and been cast, there’s no assurance that the projects were likely to succeed. There is also no meaning or reason for these stars to reference missed opportunities in their past. It’s time for these stars to stop the bitterness of their meaningless confessions and heed caution.
Kim Ah Joong, NOT in “Coffee Prince”; Chae Jung Ahn as Yuju