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Runaway adds Daniel Henney to its cast

So Daniel Henney is joining Rain, Lee Jung-jin, and Lee Na-young in spy drama show Runaway, and I’m kinda ambivalent about it.

On one hand, the man is beautiful. On the hand, his acting… not so beautiful. He’s improved since his debut, but not enough for me to get any sort of excited about this. (He was gorgeous and wooden in Sam-soon. Gorgeous and embarrassingly bad in Seducing Mr. Perfect. Better but still inhibited in My Father. And the U.S. medical series Three Rivers made me cringe.)

In Runaway, he’ll form a love triangle between Rain and Lee Na-young’s characters. (I’m guessing the name of that triangle is acute isosceles, wherein he’s the short leg. Seriously, I can’t imagine him being compelling against those two; Rain has serious screen presence and Lee can be mesmerizing.) Henney’s character watches over and protects Lee’s character, “but the details of the character have not yet been decided.” This suggests he wasn’t cast because he fit the script, but that they’ll be creating a role for him. I suppose this means Daniel Henney : Runaway :: Oh Ji-ho : Chuno.

I wonder if Henney will communicate solely in English, as he has in most (all?) of his roles; he speaks pretty good Korean but it seems he’s self-conscious about using it if it isn’t perfect. On the upside, it’ll be nice to have an English-speaking character in a drama actually knowing how to speak English.

Runaway is looking at a September premiere on KBS.

Via Star News

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yeah, let him speak english... please do not let rain speak english, it's terrible

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LMAO I always thought that coupled with his acting Daniel Henney's English is awkward. He always seems like he's a beat off.

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I think there are enough great actors/actresses in this drama to mitigate Henney's wooden acting.

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I thought he was getting more offers in the U.S. (some medicine show?), but I guess not? Anyway, I like him. And I hope his lines are in Korean! Only heard him speaking Korean a little bit on an awards show and thought it was pretty good pronunciation.

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Oh I thought Lee Jung Jin was going to be the one involved in the love triangle...guess not...but I can't say I'm too disappointed though. ;-)

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Yeah I'm ambivalent too but it's nice for the eye candy? (shallow moment sorry!)

And maybe Rain can pick up some English lessons along the way :)

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OMG! There will be too much handsome guys in this drama lol...

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@ gia

I so agree with you.

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@gia OMG RAIN AND HENNEY ARE GOING TO BE CONVERSING IN ENGLISH THROUGHOUT THE MAJORITY OF THIS DRAMA. I CAN SEE IT ALREADY OMG.

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lol, the comparison with oh ji ho is pretty apt.

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VERY HANDSOME MAN INDEED. Can't wait to see this!! :)

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gah, so he's going to be second male lead? i thought lee jung-jin was going to be the third leg in the love triangle. damn.

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does this mean lee jung jin and daniel henney are like crime partners?
who's the second male lead then?

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"On the upside, it’ll be nice to have an English-speaking character in a drama actually knowing how to speak English. "

Sorely, this is one of my pet peeves with some Kdramas, I have to admit it. Do not ask me why, but if the character is supposedly raised or grew up in the US, then dammit, they will speak US English. Period.

Otherwise, do not put that in the script if they do not speak it.

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@samara..same thoughts....rain, lee jung jin and henney?!!...nw i want to watch this for pure eye candy purposes...lol...maybe i'll marathon or something aftr its over...unless of course it turns out to be a flyaway success...then i'll want to know what all the buzz is abt,,.also i am really curious as to what lee jung jin wil be doing here if he's neither first lead nor second??....maybe bad guy??...personally i'd pick him fr lead...he has more acting chops than the other 2...im not saying they're bad but they seem to stand out more for their charisma than acting skills....bt if lee jung jin is the badass here he might steal the show fr me (yeah yeah girls always go for the bad boys!!)

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Henney? Rarely do I think people are bad actors - sometimes because I don't think I should be one to judge, and sometimes because I am a bit more forgiving - so when I actually think someone is bad, it must mean he is really BAD. Henney is one of those exceptions for me. I loved the whole idea with Seducing Mr. Perfect, but he.... ruined it. Even in a language he's comfortable with (English), you would think his line delivery would be more natural, but his acting downright embarrasses me.... Um, yeah, no, not seeing it.

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oh my oh my oh my! =) =)

How interesting, heh! Ah......of course, I had seen him in that drama "My Name is Kim Sam Soon" but he seems like he's really good at speaking English cuz' he lived in US that before, hehe. (Like I am still in US, too) ^________^

So I am surprised that more actors nor actresses will join into this incoming drama "Runaway" with Bi Rain and Lee Na-Young, how BRAVO! (claps so excitedly) I'd love to see this drama soon. (squeals & beams)

DO YOUR WELL & FIGHTING !!! (winks)

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OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!! Daniel Henney & Rain *.* The hotness <3

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I have seen him in Kim Sam Soon, Mr. Perfect, Wolverine, and even Family Outing. At every turn I could only marvel at how handsome and bizarrely awkward he is to watch. His language skills are irrelevant to me. I have seen many actors with serious accents and language barriers that could still understand and deliver on a character. So far he hasn't in any language. This will not stop me from looking at this eye candy heavy drama and I can only hope he will surprise me and not force me to mute his scenes.

@4 Mimi

As for "Three Rivers", the american medical drama he was in, it was canceled after 13 episodes 6 months ago.

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Ugh. I'm sorry to say it, but Daniel Henney is a complete deal-breaker for me. I've seen him in too many dramas/movies to be willing to give him another chance because I honestly don't think his acting is going anywhere. *hides from Daniel Henney fans*

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Daniel Henney is pretty enough, but there's just no "there" there. His presence in the drama doesn't entice me to watch any more than I already intended to (Rain & Lee Jung-jin were all I needed), because I just don't feel he brings anything to the table. I'd love to be pleasantly surprised by him one day, because I certainly think he wants to be more than just a pretty face. I'm just not sure he's capable. :-(

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Is it wrong for me to be excited solely because he's hot?
Unlike many other actors I really don't care about his acting. Most of the time I really can tolerate him so...YAY! I think that he improves each time I see him. I'm not sure if he'll ever be excellent but "ok, good, nice" I think I will be able to so those things about his craft one day.

Also "it’ll be nice to have an English-speaking character in a drama actually knowing how to speak English. "

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Look, I could really care less is he is speaking Korean, Japanese, or English.... the man is FIONE and that is the only reason most women like me are going to watch the show! He can be mute and that would suffice as far as Im concerned... though about that acting of his...

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@16 Ani -- second that!

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Aww....I like him! Maybe not crazy about his acting but I think he is better than some of the other actors in the "wooden-expressionless" category....and he's MAJOR eyecandy...

The hottest scale just got majorly UPPEDDDD....Rain, Henney..*sigh*

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this drama should be EXCITING! CAN WAIT TO SEE SOME ABS!!!!!!!!!!!! WHEW!

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I actually thought he was fairly good in My Father. By the time I had finished watching the movie, I had forgotten I was watching Daniel Henney. I do think he is rather shy (seems absurd since he chooses to be an actor and model) which makes him awkward on shows like Family Outing. However, I thought his Korean language ability was quite good (and getting better) on Family Outing even though he couldn't pick up on the randomness of some of the conversations.

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This guy?

Argh.

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Daniel Henney is so damn fine. I desperately wish he could act, but alas he is just not cut out for it. It's strange because in his photoshoots he does seem to have charm and charisma. Unfortunately, that just doesn't seem to be able to translate into his acting.

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i feel that i'll love RAIN ! *yum yum* ^^

i love him !

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"I’m guessing the name of that triangle is acute isosceles, wherein he’s the short leg." Ahahahahahahahahaha that line made me laugh so much! =D

But I agree with everything you said! At least there's...eye candy? o.O

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Wow, this drama gets serious eye candies.. except for Rain. I don't find him attractive at all. He looks ugly in some angles.

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Wait, what's my Lee Jung Jin doing in this drama then?
Are three men pursuing Lee Na-Young?

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There are a few actors I refer to as "sualy" (shut up and look yummy) and he's definitely tops on that list. But like Park Shi Yeon in story of a man, you will forget his acting and focus on the strong players around him.

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I like Rain, Lee Jung jin & not so much about DH but he's handsome & no prob. about that but it remains to be seen! I miss both Rain & LJJ so it's gonna be a treat!

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So first thought, "but if Daniel Henney speaks English, who will he talk to?" And then i remembered that Lee Na Young was in that movie, Please Teach me English, right? And while her English (by my memory) wasn't stellar, it was alright. Heavily accented, but alright. And then (much, much later) I remembered that Rain, too, speaks English. He was even in US movies. And made a teeny speech (that made me cringe) at that awards show recently...

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He is beautiful. But for Runaway I am looking forward to watching Rain again.

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I'm usually very particular how I like an actor or an actress to act, but for this Henney dude, I'll give an exception, I'll watch anything with him in it. I don't even care if he's just standing there, not saying a word, LOL.

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@38 Gita

That's how I've gotten past most of his roles! LOL

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wait... so this might just be a first... an English kdrama????

I'll watch it. *lols*

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Is this show going to be in English now? :P

DH just tweeted about his involvement. I hope he didn't oust Lee Jung Jin though I don't know who's Lee..much.

DH....paraphrasing Javabeans from much earlier post: he's one good looking piece of wooden block.

However, I am sure that many are looking forward to see DH up on Korea's small screen again. Maybe his character should be a model. I think his charisma will shine best there. Just sayin'

*hides

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This drama = eye candies.

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I'm going to stay optimistic about and let's just hope that his character will be much more substantial and has charm that will keep us glued on to him rather than forgetting he exist in the Kdrama. Then again, who can't miss Daniel. He's such a good looking guy.

For some reason, I do hope he ends up with the girl though. Make it some twist that Bi Rain doesn't end up with her. I'm for it! ;-)

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The man is stunning. I love his mother's special visiting Korea for the first time after being adopted from American foster parents. I cried, and who wouldn't? She will make a daughter-in-law extremely lucky to how easy going Christine Henney is.

I tried my best to support Three Rivers besides Daniel Henney I also like Katherine Moennig. That whole cast was off beat, no chemistry whatsoever. A real shame it got cancelled. I love all the high tech monitors and instruments in the show however I felt it was more like a spy lab show than a raw medical drama.

I'm glad DH is busy and gaining experience w/ all the opportunities thrown his way. I will root for Daniel any day over Rain, sorry if I indeliberately offend JJH fans.

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I'm glad Daniel is in this drama. Most great actors improve over time and he is off to a great start. He has the best of both worlds - Asia and U.S. We can't wait to see this drama because of him!!!

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First I saw him from pics I was like this guy's hot, but after I watched him in My name's KSS, and my father. I changed my mind, he is not so hot. He just bored me by his smiley face. It is like he try to act charming all the time. He should speak more Korean too.

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OH god. Couldn't he just stick to modeling? I mean.. his hawtness praise is well deserved. But he was given many chances and ... fell flat. *sigh* At least he's still better than other guy in East of Eden(unless that was him but I don't think so)

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i say meh! i admit i'm kind of bias against DH after watching him in FO and Gold Miss is Coming. i didn't really like his personality. i stamp a pass on him! he comes off as arrogant to me... but who knows i could have easily misjudged him. i had no feelings when watching him in sam-soon.

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"I’m glad Daniel is in this drama. Most great actors improve over time and he is off to a great start. He has the best of both worlds – Asia and U.S. We can’t wait to see this drama because of him!!!"

Sarah, I agree with your statement, don't be overcritical!

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I got one thing to say. ok two. "HOTNESS exploded".
Rain, LJJ and DH? wow. unbeatable male cast.
I have to say i m looking forward to see LJJ the most.

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