Jung Yong-hwa goes from nice guy to rude hero
Jung Yong-hwa became known for playing the nice guy in You’re Beautiful, where he fell for the girl, helped her as much as he could, and then had to watch her fall for his (haughty, cold-seeming) best buddy. For his first leading role, in the upcoming MBC musical-themed drama You’ve Fallen For Me, he sheds his gentle “Shin-woo hyung” image to play the cocky lead vocalist of a band of pretty boys.
Hmm… that sounds familiar… If you can’t beat ’em, turn into ’em? The thinking must go: If I turn into a Hwang Tae-kyung type, I’ll finally win Park Shin-hye’s favor. I guess to get the girl in K-dramaland, you’ve got to turn into a rude bastard. SIGH.
It’s one trend I’ll be happy to see the back of, and not just ’cause it’s romanticizing something that’s irritating in real life, but also since it’s just such a damn cliché at this point. A crutch, a hackneyed plot point. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed our bastardish heroes — the Hwang Tae-kyungs, the Gu Jun-pyos, the Dokko Jins — but haven’t we gotten as much mileage out of The Darcy as we can at this point, which should enable us to move on to greener (and kinder) pastures?
Jung said, “When I first got the script, I thought that [the character] Lee Shin was extremely uptight and indifferent, but as I get more familiar with the character, I see that Lee Shin is just not interested in things outside of music and therefore just seems cold. When you see what he’s like on the inside, he’s got a pretty warm and attentive side too, and he’s an appealing character.”
The youth melodrama series (which suggests it’s not a rom-com) follows Best Love and premieres on June 29.
- Festival officially renamed, adds to cast
- Woori takes on Park Shin-hye as a rival
- Rewrite the English title for You’ve Fallen For Me
- Song Chang-eui joins You’ve Fallen For Me
- Upcoming drama Festival changes its title
- You’re Beautiful duo reteams for Festival
- Jung Yong-hwa follows in the grand tradition of kdrama second leads