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Kim Jae-wook in Hedwig, prepares for army duty

Here’s a look at Kim Jae-wook‘s fantastic transformation in drag for the Korean adaptation of Hedwig And the Angry Inch, the rock musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. He’s been starring in this stage adaptation since May 14, and has announced that June 19 will be his last performance, due to his impending enlistment in the army.

Wah, not another one!

Kim Jae-wook is a 1983er, which means he’s 28 this year (and 29 in Korea), so totally due for the army. I don’t know why, but that took me by surprise. I thought he was younger than that, though he did debut post-college, and post-indie-band-days. His band Walrus self-produced an album earlier this year, and he had two big roles in the past drama year — wasted in Mary Stayed Out All Night and a breakout in Bad Guy.

Kim said of having to leave Hedwig early: “The moment I read and heard Hedwig‘s music, I trembled, and I had the feeling that I had to do this, so I feel regret [in having to leave the project]. Though I’m leaving to defend the country, I’ll do my best till the end.”

I guess we’ll just have to wait two years to see him back in dramaland. Sniff.

Via Osen

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O.M.G.

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really thats what I ve said the moment I saw him !

O.M.G !!!

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omo .. i'll surely miss him :((

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Why KJW why?????? :'(

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When I saw the title, I was like... Harry Potter? Lol

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i couldn't contain my laughter upon reading your comment! :)) haha

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hohohomg... my head filled with kjw as hedwig... pwahahahahah~ so. wrong.

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me too! haha!

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It did'nt hit when i saw the title..but when i saw ur comment, i just burst out laughing..LOl

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Me too! Once a fan, always a fan :D

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she'll make a pretty drag from waist up and the second pictures, he totally got the look for a girl group.

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Great face BAAAD legs! hahaha. Will miss him so, had no idea he was 28.lovely man. KNG and KJW both gone:(

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Oh no! I wanted to see him take the lead role in a drama, but now I have to wait! :'(

I wish him the best of luck, though, and hope he'll return to us safe and buff in two years. I'll be waiting patiently-ish.

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WHAT is he wearing in the last pic??? o_o

ANYWAYS, he is going to the army?! He looks too young for army.. or may be he wasn't in enough dramas before he became big.. and he is leaving already.. tsk tsk

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Although it's disheartening to see such great actors leaving for duty one after another, I do look forward to their return... and the GREAT thing about that is that they'll ALL be returning right after each other! :D

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omg! Rationally, I understand and accept. But, reason put aside...why?!?!?!?
However, best of luck to him until he returns! hopefully with a lead in a new drama? :D

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Holy crap. Look at those blonde locks O.O

Best of luck to him in his military duty. I'm eager to see him as a lead when he gets back!

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He is completely beautiful!

But anyway, whenever I start to like an actor-BOOM!-2 years without seeing them!~~ I will miss him!

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Gawd he makes a pretty drag queen. Ru Paul be jealous ya'll.

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And, what!

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hahaha! He would totally win on Ru Paul's drag race (reality TV show about who is the best drag)

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He would win hands down and he is the only one i have seen that looks good in drag from waist and up

even wearing highheels LOL

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Condragulations Kim Jae-Wook, you are the winner of Rupaul's Drag Race! You win an endorsement deal with Absolut Soju and membership to the League of Drag Queens, effectively exempting you from army duty as a member of the third sex.

Humph. I WISH.

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LOL! I had to stifle the giggles at work and pretend to be coughing. But I think that only made it more apparent.

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waaaaaaaahhh!!! T-T but MAN does he make a excelent hedwig! they should totally make a korean version of the movie with him as the lead when he gets.... back... sniff.. in TWO... sniff YEARS!

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OH NO I just realized what will happen to his hair!!!

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That was totally my first thought when I heard "army enlistment". But who knows, he could be a total fox with a buzz cut.

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oh, you know he will, it is kim jae wook after all...

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Oh.My.God. I was waiting for him to be in another drama T______T

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wow.

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Neck up - can't imagine a more perfect Hedwig. Neck down - waaaaaaaay too muscular for Hedwig. All in all though, other than the flapper Hedwig (that one didn't get executed so well), he's a simply divine Hedwig.

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He looks so awesome on that stage. I love that last picture, and the second one is best; he doesn't even look like the stereotypical man in drag, but like a woman wearing too much makeup!

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omg. at the outfit and his hair.

but sniff. i'm totally going to miss him. loved him in 'Bad Guy', 'MSOAN', and 'Antique Bakery'.

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...and Coffee Prince. He was so cute there...

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Jang Geun Suk is going to be so jealous of that hair and outfit, LOL!

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Maybe he will replace him on the show? ;) He did say sometimes ppl mistake him for a girl.

http://www.allkpop.com/2010/06/jang-geun-suk-was-mistaken-for-a-woman

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I can totally picture JGS as a blond and in drag! Wait didn't JGS go in drag a few years back for a music awards show and noone recognized him until he posted online about it?
As good as KJW looks in drag, he can't outdo the prettiness that is JGS.

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like him so much!

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He actually looks very pretty in the 1st and 2nd pic...but I can't ignore his biceps and legs. +_+

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Shouldn't those photos of him dressing like that be sufficient to get him out of military duty?

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LMAO! perfect

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rofl....oh lordy.Isn't it illegal to be gay in Korea?

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He's 28? Wow I thought he was younger too. And he looks awesome in drag. Oh well. See you in two years my friend.

Just checking: we still have Kim Soo-hyun for a few more years, right? Right???

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Gosh, he's one classy drag queen! If only I can watch this musical. :(

Two years sounds like eternity. We'll all certainly miss him!

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what theater is Hedwig And the Angry Inch playing at in Seoul? I couldnt find it online.
Thanks!

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oh my.... i'm gonna miss you wookie!!! *sighs*

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I've seen the live version of Hedwig, back when it was still running off-off-broadway, and it's a powerhouse role. If only there were a recording of the live production! If he's been able to handle the demands of that role (above and beyond the simple crossdressing aspect), then he wasn't just somewhat wasted in MSOAN, he was criminally wasted -- because he's got chops on top of chops.

Two years? Really? *sob*

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Wow, he looks gorgeous in drag! I hope the make a film adaption of this awesome musical in Korean. I want to see Kim Jae-wook reprise his role when he gets back from military duty. ;)

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n i thought i could still see him on screen for another year. dang, we haven't seen enough of him yet. anyways, is it just me or he does look delicious in drag? :P

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Maybe not the best pics to go off to the Army --hehe

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Lol... so true. Not the sort of last-project-before-national-duty-calls that you'd want to greet your new comrade-in-arms with.

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Is it weird that I still find him sex even in drag? haha. How can I wait 2 years for Kim Jae Wook and Hyun Bin? And now Jae Hee is hurt? Bad day, bad day....

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I can't stop staring at that man's face, it's beyond ethereal. And he looks amazing as drag...!! Too bad we'll miss him for two years!!! :(

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I was surprised too! I mean, he's 28? I never thought in my life! NOOOOOO, another one is leaving us. T_T Two yearssssss.

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Am I the only one that's not too upset here? I'm already looking forward to the mandatory post-army ab shot.

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OH NOOOOO..............

I noticed him in Coffee Prince and was so inlove with him and KNG on Bad Guy...at least I get some fond memories of that drama ( of them eating ice cream..:))

Wow....2 years.....well...when they all come back (Hyun Bin, KNG, Lee Jun Ki...and him, kdrama will be sizzling and I be having raccoon eyes due to watching too much dramas...lol

Goodluck KJW...

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ommo!!!he's hot even as a girl O__O. (*ahem...m not looking at the legs)
BUT...for a guy he's totally HOT...HEAD TO TOE >_<

i first saw him in Coffee Prince and fell in love for a lifetime <3
i have to say, he has a splendid bone structure....like a beautiful chiselled face and a hot body(booty?) to boot...*drooo.....ooool* n his photos are like wow.

To have smone like him a model...heh! i wont be able to keep my hands off him :D

its sad i won't get to see him- i can't believe he's really old enuf for army duty O.O- but hey...on the better side...
k-drama laws state that when an actor gets back from army-duty and stars in a drama....we get to see muuuch moooore than just a pretty face...right!? *bring it on...him. nekkid. in shower....-oh, i'll wait a lifetime for you, honey *:P

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he has nice legs o.o

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seems a few artistes went to army at their highest talented period..hmm..

wonder if that's a good thing? let's see how it goes..

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Damn those cheekbones!!! He's gorgeous!
Please be safe.

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omo! he's so gorgeous! he can easily beat any real-life diva.
love those pics, esp the one in fur coat. it totally suits him, kekeke.
wish him safe for his 2 years in the army...

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NOOO!!! :(

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he's prettier than I am.

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I'm gonna miss you, pretty pretty boy!!

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OMG! He looks so damn fine as a woman waist up (especially the curly hair and fur coat), but he needs work on those legs. They're just too manly.

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whahah he looks awesome as a sexy chick but his muscles is to big to be a girl XD.. anyways.. Auww another star leaving to army..TT gonna miss you.. good luck Jae-Wook.. FIGHTING!!

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His friend Joo Ji Hoon wil be out in November ?.

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Wow...I can't beilieve it has been 2 years since his drug scandal. I wonder if all this time away from the cameras has helped him rehabilitate his image with the public.

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LMAO, thanks to the pictures I'll have a nightmares for weeks!

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even if his face can be mistaken for a irl when in drags but his body is way off.....

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This guy is great, but he gets put in shows that seem to HAVE great potential (bad guy) but it falls out in the end unfortunately...or shows where its the right cast (mary) but the story sucks.
Hope he gets a better chance to show his skills in the 'right'drama

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Noooooooooo! Why? Why? Hyun Bin and now him? Please don't take my Kim Jae-Wook away. I promise, I'll be a good girl.

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