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And now for Iris’s Lee Byung-heon

The Iris promotion machine is really in full swing now, isn’t it? After months of silence about the high-budget drama, we slowly started seeing stills and behind-the-scenes peeks, and now that the premiere is less than a month away, it’s a full-on barrage of promos and updates.

Now that we’ve seen Kim Tae-hee and the rest of Iris’s supporting cast, here’s a look at its big movie star Lee Byung-heon. And all I’ve got to say is, hot damn it’s Lee Byung-heon!

Lee’s last movie, the Hollywood action flick GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, wasn’t exactly critically acclaimed but performed well at the box office. It’s been years, however, since viewers were able to see him on television; his last drama role was in the highly popular gambling series All In back in 2003, in which he starred alongside his now-ex Song Hye-gyo.

In Iris, Lee plays a brilliant, cool-headed top spy who doesn’t make errors, who often takes on secret missions for South Korea’s security agency, the NSS. He falls into a “fateful love” with his fellow NSS teammate played by Kim Tae-hee. (And also, it would appear, with North Korean enemy spy Kim So-yeon — now, that’s the one I’m interested in seeing. It’s like Swiri 2.0! Hey, it ain’t called IRIS — spell it backward — for nuthin’, right?)

Via BNT News

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What's Stormshadow doing in a k-drama???

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last pic.. *whistles*

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*wipe drool* ohmy, he's so fine or what? Like wine, he ages gracefully! Ohh, I'm definitely excited!!! (He was only the great thing in GI Joe! )

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God, Why can't this be airing right this second? I want to watch it now! I feel like this will be another drama that I watch only for the action and because one of the actors is ridiculously hot. I feel like that makes me vain. How much longer until it airs?

Hey Javabeans, will you be telling us at all your opinions on it after its begun airing? I don't mean recaps, just opinions on it. I'll be watching it myself, so recaps are unnecessary.

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*drool*

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@djes,

If you have the opportunity, pick up a copy of The Good, the Bad and the Weird. LBH has a scene with no shirt where it looks like his abs were chiseled with a .....a..... well, a chisel (score 1 point for my expensive liberal arts education!).

Actually, no need to check out the DVD unless you like kimchi westerns.

JB has you covered: http://www.dramabeans.com/2008/12/lee-byung-heon-in-elle/

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Oh my... *drools* He's oozing sexiness and charisma from every pore!

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omg he's so fine. *drool* with you guys.

not only does he have the looks but also the voice. oh melting

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Hot damn Lee Byung-Heon! Even when you look dirty and greasy, I still *drooooooool*

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Man, I was already having a pretty good day and then this pops up! THANKS JB!

Now I'm just waiting to see what my ockoala-dongsaeng has to say...that is, if she still has the power of speech after seeing this article and Samsooki's helpful link. She's been on an LBH bender for the last 2 weeks. :-D

That last pic is...WHOA!

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Oh baby,oh baby! So glad to know that I'm not the only "drooler" in the group.

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Wow. Oh WOW! *____* The last pic...

@Samsooki
You and JB have just killed just about every fangirl who's been hanging out in this thread. OMO, how could I ever forget the Elle photoshoot?

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@ djes, Samsooki, langdon-unni

I have just self-combusted and died, am writing from Heaven's perch still fanning myself.......TGTBTW, it's not just his abs, Samsooki m'dear, the director for no discerable purpose put in LBH in just UNDERWEAR just for me, didn't you know?

Sigh, love, he just has that highly ineffable quality that catapults him into center of every scene everytime I've seen him act, and I still can't look away.

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hot hot hot hot HOT DAMN!!!

screw MFL tonight. i'm going home to watch TGTBTW....

@ockoala - save me a spot...i feel myself about to combust as well...

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@LBH fangirls ( and fan 'boy'-Samsooki'? :P )
I already have a copy of TGTBTW, but haven't have the chance to watch it - i was just lazy - but I definitely will watch it soon I get back to my place ( still at my parents' home for holidays )!
I can't believe I forget to watch it since it has 2 my favorite actors - Lee Byung Hun and Jung Woo Sung.
In my perfect dream, I have : Jang Dong Gun, Lee Byung Hun, Jung Woo Sung and Kang Ji Hwan all sitting around me and just give attention only for me. :D

IRIS - I think I'm ready to watch another Kdrama soon after it aired, and brave myself watching it without sub!

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I haven't discovered what all the fuss is about LBH. Only caught glimpses of him in GI Joe.

Maybe IRIS may change my mind.

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Ha ha ha....your guys make my day....by the way, may I join the club??? The Drooooool club it is...

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UMMM! Yeah. That's all I can muster at the moment.
And I was concerned about all the hype. Concerned that all the anticipation was going to be a let down! Boo to me!

@15 djes Cause who needs subs when you've got that! I'm pretty sure we infer from muscle to muscle what is going on in the storyline. We will be ok...TRUST ME!

@ockoala LOL!

IRIS! (I just like screaming that for someone reason) ;) ;)

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@ 15 djes

'In my perfect dream, I have : Jang Dong Gun, Lee Byung Hun, Jung Woo Sung and Kang Ji Hwan all sitting around me and just give attention only for me"

If we can add Lee Jung-jae to the bro-convo, then can me and my langdon-unni join the party?

@ all4movies

"I haven’t discovered what all the fuss is about LBH. Only caught glimpses of him in GI Joe."

I was a LBH-virgin (*blush*) until 2 weeks ago, and as my langdon-unni pointed out, since then, I've been on an LBH bender nonstop, 2 dramas (All In and Beautiful Days) and 2 movies (The Good, The Bad, The Weird and Everybody Has Secrets). If you just watch 10 minutes of any of the above that includes a scene with LBH, you'll see what the fuss is all about. Cheers!

JB- IRIS is almost SHIRI backwards, jeez, face-palming myself now.

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As long as LBH has scenes with out his shirt who cares about subs! Another plus! The man is older than my children so I won't have to feel like such a perv!

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Yeah, Iris is loosely based on Shiri.

So, for example, Kim So-Yeon's character is probably similar to the one played by Kim Yun-jin. (Nice to see Kim So-Yeon get this kind of role BTW. She was born to play this.) And judging by the synopsis, we may even get a little Infernal Affairs 3 in there. :D

Apparently, there may be a KIMATAKU CAMEO APPEARANCE. *Belleza hyperventilating* Too much!! Too much!! O_O!!!!

This is BTW an example of a drama where live-shoot would have been impossible. They've been shooting this drama for half a year now. PLUS this is the director of The World That They Live In and A Love to Kill (snow scenes are reminiscent, no?) So cinematic awesomeness is a guarantee.

Kobe and I have been waiting for this drama for more than a year. This show must have Win written all over it.

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LMAO! You guys are funny!!! bwahahahaha!

and Samsooki love the first comment! wahaha! Thanks for that link....^-^

Ok, May I join in your drooling club??!!!! Love the last pic.... he looks better here, "much" better than in GI Joe, he was all clothed and "hidden" in GI JOE..... ^-^

IRIS is looking better and better...

*sigh* what is it with these men and guns?! hot, hot, hot...

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*brings a fan for everyone. Swoosh~~~*

Oh, I'm totally looking forward to this drama. Like, REALLY looking forward to it. I just hope that there will be no disappointments or anything.. -_-

And boo, I didn't get to watch G.I. Joe at the theaters yet. I had $8.00.. but they were all made up of coins, and I don't think I wanted to bring all those coins to the counter XD

But he was gooood in The Good, the Bad, and the Weird. It was my first time seeing him as the bad guy, but he looked so good as the villain @[email protected]
It's one of those moments where you want to root for the good guy, but you end up siding with the bad guy... even though the bad guy was pretty... *recalls a scene that I don't want to remember - shivers - *

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No. Not possible. LBH and KimuTaku on the same screen at the same time. Can't be done; the film will self-combust.

And I second the motion about what a joy it is to see leading men that are too old to be my son. Yay!

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@ 24 skelly

"No. Not possible. LBH and KimuTaku on the same screen at the same time. Can’t be done; the film will self-combust"

It's done! I believe the screen has already self-combusted. LBH and KimuTaku are in the same movie opened/opening this year "I Come With the Rain" (also starring a wooden puppet by the name of Josh Hartnett - who was strangely the best of the lot in Pearl Harbor - go figure). The KimuTake cameo most likely stemmed from their collaboration in ICWTR.

Anyways, ICWTR is directed by a French-Vietnamese director, and that's all I know. Toodles, and let me know if you see any movie theaters on fire in your neck of the woods.

BTW, with Jung Woo-sung in "Season of Good Rain" also opening soon.....what's going on wif my oppas and rain?

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sexhaiiiiirrrrr

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@19 ockoala
well...actually I want them for myself, but since you'll bring Lee Jung Jae, i think the more is the merrier, right? so come in, make yourself feel at home! :D

Oh I love LBH in Everybody has Secret. Even though I'm legal to watch the movie, I never lend my DVD to my auntie ( who loves Kdramas as well ) because I'm afraid she would tell to my mom that I watched SOMETHING LIKE THAT! :P

I also like his intensity in Addicted. I watch half of Bungee Jumping on their own ( is it right, the tittle?) but I couldn't finish it because I watched it after the lead actress passed away - I don't like watching movies of person who already dead.

AH! I remember that I also have a copy of A Bittersweet Life! *face palm* I think I should do LBH movie marathon soon.

Oh yes I really wish that the leading actress of IRIS would be Kim So Yeon instead of Kim Tae Hee..but well, I have to wait..maybe KTH is not that bad. BUT Kim So Yeon is looking fierce, right! I love her since All About Eve.

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I don't know what to say - other than HOT HOT HOT HTOTHTOHT!!!! *dies*

I'm really looking forward to seeing this drama. Wow, the IRIS PR machine really knows how to sell a drama!

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I'm really excited for this just because of LBH... Ehehehehe. :D

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I feel a bit weird being the only guy posting a reply to this JB post. I mean, check it out - reply posts #2 (whistle), #3, (drool), #5 (drool), #7 (drool), #8 (drool), #9 (drool), #10 (whoa), #11 (drool), #12 (popping eyes), #13 (combusted, fan self, love, stare), #14 (5x hot, combust), #15 (dream), #17 (drool), #18 (scream), #22 (drool), #23 (fan), #28 (6x hot)...

Hey! Men are not objects to be drooled over!

Meh, who am I kidding. BUT AT LEAST I WILL watch IRIS for the story line and the explosions.

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I have been waiting for LBH in a drama for how many years now. Totally am excited for this one. Will there be recaps for this drama? LBH is just so drool worthy plus you get acting to boot.

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@samsooki - LOL!!!! i love your post breakdown... i'll be watching for major hot (x5) factor LBH but i like me some explosions as well. i just hope my laptop doesn't self-combust once LBH comes onscreen. it could happen.

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@ 30 Samsooki

Please add one additional (drool) and one additional (5x hot, self-combust) to your tally.

@ lovenyc52

Ha ha, 5 episodes of All In and you're all hooked, huh? LBH-love, just spreading the love, so happy you peeked at his drama after I started chirping away last week!

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me too please for the *drool team*

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*drools*
*whistles*
*screams*
*combusts*

Oh wait...I'm a guy. But hey, there's no rule that says guys can't join The Drool Team™, right?

No seriously, I'm actually more surprised about a lack of KTH hate and East of Eden comparisons in this thread.

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IRIS spelled backwards "SIRI" mean "secret " in Swahili.

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@ all4movies

LBH is one of those very rare actors who looks hot and great in photos, but then becomes 100th time amazingly hotter and better in action! Not just a pretty face. You must see for it yourself.

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Goodness, the craziness is just overwhelming in here.

But wth, the guy's not Lee Byung Hun for nothing right?

Now I remember the reason why I enjoyed G.I. Joe to some extent... because LBH was so damn hot in there. Nobody can beat those eyes of his...really... I mean it...

*continues to drool*

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re: LBH and Kimura Takuya

LBH had a cameo in Kimura Takuya's Hero movie and again in I Came With the Rain...so that's times two self-combusted! xD

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it's so wet in here..

*wades around in the drool pool*

*drools*

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cool..cool..cool... can't wait to watch this

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LOVE LBH.
I read that IRIS is something on the bases of loosely related to siri

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Couldnt wait to get to the end (finally) of these comments....

Soon as I saw LBH and Hot Damn,I had to come here and add my drool..to the
page...

Is this one hot handsome man! and dont smile....what do you want??? smile
TGTBTW ..yes I love JWS and LBH ..I was in heaven...those are two fine men!

ok ..got to go sit in front of the fan....

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Couldnt wait to get to the end (finally) of these comments....

Soon as I saw LBH and Hot Damn,I had to come here and add my drool..to the
page...

Is this one hot handsome man! and dont smile....what do you want??? smile
TGTBTW ..yes I love JWS and LBH ..I was in heaven...those are two fine men!

ok ..got to go sit in front of the fan....

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@ Samsooki

You forgot guns...and Kim So Yeon and Kim Tae Hee holding guns...
Yeah...we know why you're really gonna watch this. ;)

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ehh....not my taste at all..

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"LBH had a cameo in Kimura Takuya’s Hero movie and again in I Came With the Rain…so that’s times two self-combusted!"

Yup. They've already done it twice. Forget self-combustion. If it happens the third time, I will transform into a unicorn. (Damnit I want my live-action My Little Pony movie already!!)

@Kobe,

"But hey, there’s no rule that says guys can’t join The Drool Team™, right?

Wait a minute, but you already joined Team Bring Back Won Bin. You hallyu whore!! :D

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Meh...Team BBWB has like...2 members in it. And really, he's never gonna be back to that spunky Tae Suhk that we loved him for.

"You hallyu whore!! "

Aren't we all? :D

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Adore the man...I mean actor!! :)

My introduction to LBH was "All In" and then "Addicted," oh my! "Addicted" has the best love scene I've ever seen in my humble opinion...the way he "worships" her...we women should all be so lucky.

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@ 49 eljay...

"“Addicted” has the best love scene"

yeah, I know which sex scene... i mean, love scene you are talking about.

Can hardly type anything, the drools coming out of my computer after reading this blog, have damped my keyword. (sigh)

I fell in love with LBH in “Addicted” back in 2006 when I saw it for the first time. Then, I fell in love, again, in BD and then it was followed by “All In” which took me a long time to finish, so in between “All In” I… ABSOLUTELY… fell in… SO MUCH… love with LBH in the movie “A Bittersweet Life” I have seen the movie more than four times, and that’s because I have it at my boyfriends to keep me from getting obsess with it… wait! Im already obsess!!! Oh man, what to do?

I won’t drool since there is enough drools in here to last at least another six years (if it is the case, I hope NOT) for LBH’s next drama. Besides, drooling was never my cup of tea. I prefer gulping, as my heart wont stop from racing. While watching GIJoe I couldn’t help but hold (very tightly) to my friend’s arm. I was so excited to see my favorite actor on the big screen here in my country. (SIGH!!!!) I’m so proud I have such good taste.

I won’t scream, or combust or died, or anything like that. NO, I’m too greedy to sacrifice… I want to watch without side effects so that I can get every detail and not even miss a strand of his hair moving.

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