Kim Myung-min loses weight and the Kang-mae image
Kim Myung-min is Maestro Kang no more.
The first stills have been released for the upcoming movie My Love By My Side, which commenced filming on February 10 and also stars Ha Ji-won (Hwang Jini), who sports a new short haircut.
Back before filming had begun, I’d mentioned Kim’s intention to take a Method acting approach to his character, who’s dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease. (Despite his prognosis, the character displays a bright personality and positive attitude — a total 180 turnaround from the dour Maestro, no?)
Kim plans to drop a total of 10 to 12 kg over the course of filming, having initially gained some weight to make the contrast more stark. He’s already lost 5 kg, and will shed the rest in time with his character’s deteriorating health. Kim reportedly started at a weight of 72 kg, which is now 67 kg. His goal is 60 kg. YIKES. (In pounds, that’s 158 to 147 with a goal of 132.)
The first scenes shot involve a reunion of sorts for Kim’s and Ha’s characters, who had grown up in the same neighborhood. Now, twenty-something years later, they happen to meet again at his mother’s funeral (she works for the funeral home). He recognizes her at once — she used to follow him around back in their youth — but because his appearance has been worn down with illness, she doesn’t recognize him.
My Love By My Side will film over the next four months, and aims for a fall release.