The Duo adds comic veteran Gong Hyung-jin
MBC’s switched-at-birth historical drama The Duo is adding a familiar face to its cast with Gong Hyung-jin, whose last sageuk role was in the fusion action series Chuno. He’s jumping up a few rungs on the social ladder with this new character, from runaway slave to police officer. That’ll pair him with Gwi-dong (Lee Sang-yoon), the policeman born to a runaway slave mother who was swapped with a nobleman’s son and raised an aristocrat. (His counterpart, born an aristocrat but then raised in poverty, is played by Chun Jung-myung.)
Gong Hyung-jin was originally cast as the police chief, but the writer assured him that his role is more prominent than the chief’s. His character does get involved with some corruption, but supposedly retains a cute, endearing quality that keeps him from being too dislikable. Given Gong’s light, humorous personality and his ability to insert comic relief into any situation, I can see that working for him. He added that he’s looking forward to engaging in fast-flying ad-lib action with the other veterans, which is another of his fortes.
I keep meaning to watch more of (and write about) the drama, but I think it’s my vague sense of disappointment with it that prevents me from continuing. I don’t think it’s bad — good cast, decent music — but it just didn’t get to me the way I’d hoped it might. It just feels contrived. That’s too bad since I’m in the mood for something stirring and heartfelt, and would’ve loved it if The Duo fit the bill, even if it does clock in at a rather longish 32 episodes. Sigh, I guess I’ll just have to keep looking.