An actor to be grateful for
Obviously I love Kang Ji Hwan, but I didn’t have to add any superlatives to the following praise given by Hong Gil Dong‘s writing team, the Hong sisters. Normally I take these kinds of end-of-series interviews with a pinch of salt (because the comments are almost always going to be positive — who wants to alienate co-workers? — and therefore robbed of meaning), but in this case I find myself in total agreement.
Of course, that could be my bias taking over.
Hong Gil Dong‘s sister writers Hong Jung Eun, Hong Mi Ran: “Kang Ji Hwan is an actor to be thankful for”
“As writers, it’s a fortunate thing to meet with an actor who acts with his all his passion and emotions like Kang Ji Hwan.”
In a recent interview with Newsen, sister scriptwriters Hong Jung Eun and Hong Mi Ran of KBS2’s Wednesday-Thursday drama Hong Gil Dong talked of feeling grateful toward actor Kang Ji Hwan as the main character who showed strong acting and bore the responsibility for leading the drama through its end. …
The writers showed sympathy for their actor’s tough schedule: “Kang Ji Hwan came to Hong Gil Dong right after wrapping Capital Scandal without having had much time to rest. As Hong Gil Dong is somewhat longer than other dramas at 24 episodes, it’s an energy-draining job. To have filmed Capital Scandal in one summer, then film another in the fall, it must have been very physically tiring.”
Furthermore, Kang Ji Hwan, in order to construct the character of Gil Dong, put much of his own effort and time into the character’s clothing and props.
Hong Jung Eun and Hong Mi Ran didn’t skimp on the praise, saying: “We understand that Hong Gil Dong is a project that began with much of Kang Ji Hwan’s own considerable ambition and enthusiasm put into it. A lot of effort went into the acting and the drama’s look. Although the drama does have its own costuming team, Gil Dong’s appearance and visuals came from Kang Ji Hwan himself. His props, down to the most minute details, like the red staff he carries around or the colored sunglasses he wears, are things he created himself. While filming, he added many of his own ad-libs as well. He’s a truly hard-working actor we’re thankful for.”
Due in large part to viewer response, the fusion sageuk will air a special broadcast on March 27 after the series airs its final (24th) episode on March 26. The special will contain outtake scenes and other behind-the-scenes segments.