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Jang Hyuk goes variety for Real Men

Jang Hyuk (IRIS 2) is the newest star to expand his repertoire with variety, and has announced he will be joining the cast of Sunday variety program Real Men, which basically drops its members into army boot camp and makes them suffer for our entertainment. Current cast members include Ryu Soo-young (Ojakkyo Brothers, Kim Su-ro (A Gentleman’s Dignity), and comedian-MC Seo Kyung-seok, while MBLAQ’s Mir is leaving the show to return to his idol duties.

The program is described as a “real army project” and sticks its stars into the army for six days, five nights, and shoots them documentary-style. It’s still very new, having premiered in April, but it’s been met with positive response, largely because the suffering is real and the participants really are getting their butts kicked by drill sergeants. (And as we know, scripted suffering is fun for nobody. Ahem.)

It seems both a perfect fit for Jang Hyuk’s “beast-man” image and surprising given his own checkered past regarding army service. In 2004, Jang Hyuk was caught up in scandal when he (and Song Seung-heon) attempted to draft-dodge by falsifying medical records and a urine test to get excused, only to get caught. It was a huge blow to both their images at the time, but they both ended up enlisting together and served their two years, and all was forgiven. (Korea recognizes that nobody wants to go; so as long as you actually do your time, they don’t blame you for wanting to get out of it. It’s just when you do cheat that they’ll hate you forever.)

So I can see this being an indirect way to rehab Jang Hyuk’s image, although honestly I think it’s already fully recovered and then some (since his acting has gotten so much better post-military service, to go with the abs); adding him to Real Men sort of feels like reminding us all of the scandal that we’d forgotten. But Jang explained his reasoning for joining the show, saying, “I’d like to use this opportunity to reflect on myself through Real Men and in experiencing army life again.”

With the exit of one idol boy, we get the entry of another: Park Hyung-shik of ZE:A (whom I recognize more for playing young Lee Jin-wook in Nine) joins him as the other new member. I’ve only caught parts of the show and it’s only aired for a month so I’m not sure what they plan to do once footage of that hell week is over, so perhaps this revolving door will become a fixture.

Jang Hyuk and Park Hyung-shik will join the show with their first shoots on May 27.

Via MBN Star, Osen

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I don't think I've ever seen him in a variety show and after watching a few stars fall flat doing variety on Running Man, I'm curious how he'll work out.

I might have to tune in.

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He did a Running man a while back and was pretty good. Also, he was on Win Win as Cha Tae-hyun's guest and was funny.

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He was also a guest in Family Outing.

"Timing is now!"

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Yes! Loved that episode. So did Daniel Henney, I believe, because on his turn as a guest, he brought it up had to correct that phrase Yoo Jae Suk, haha. I miss Family Outing.

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Ugh, I meant to say he brought it up and had to correct that phrase for Yoo Jae Suk.

Also, I remember Jang Hyuk was really quiet in that episode. That was how the whole "Timing is now!" came about. I wonder if he's approved since then. Otherwise, he's going to need another timing is now lesson from Jae Suk on how to be variety fun, which of course I'd love to see again.

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god dammit, I meant improved.

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LOL your failure to say the correct thing twice made my day :D
I've been word vomiting all over the place this week also :(

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and in Happy Together, he's really funny coz his co-stars will (Chuno and then Iris2), will just tell his quirks during shoots. I though he won't be able to take those jokes but he was able to bear with it =)

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Wow, soooooo many variety nowadays.

I remember one variety show before @ KBS about army life as well... The cast are Lee Su Geun, Changmin 2AM and few other actors & comedian but it gets axed after couple of episodes airing.. This is way back in 2010-2011.

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Jang Hyuk in variety? Seriously? Oh well, I have faith in him...

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it's always unexpected how well (or not well) a person does in variety. It's always a surprise (so I wouldn't be too skeptical yet!)

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I love how the three best friends (Kim Jong Kook, Cha Tae Hyun and Jang Hyuk) are all active in the variety field now. Looks like there will be some friendly rivalry between the three especially since their shows air in the same timeslot.

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LOL, that's exactly what my first thought was! Man would I love to be a fly on the wall when they meet up (bromance! rivalry! drama!) Aww and does that mean there's no chance of him guesting on RM or even 1N2D?

Hmm JH's army scandal was before my kdramaland time but yeah, doesn't it seem like a bad PR move to remind people of an ugly stain in his career? I mean, self-reflection and penance is all good but I'd rather see him be the hardworking guy who's so earnest about being funny (ala FO stint) instead of suffering army dude.

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Add Hong Kyung Min to that list of friends! How I love this man!

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I've watched all the episode and found it very entertaining. Of course it is not for everyone but if you wanted to understand what almost all able-bodied Korean males experience (endure) for 2 years of their lives, this would be a good show to watch. All the army inside jokes (?) are explained for the public (especially female audiences). I think the stand outs are Kim Su-Ro and Sam Hemmington (an Aussie or Kiwi?)--they are just so funny. The premise is the cast are assigned to a particular army unit for 6 days (3 pisodes) to learn what they do. So far, they endured the booth camp, the White Horse Division (famous for their battlefield wins in both Korean and Vietnam Wars), and a K-9 Self-Propelled Howitzer unit.

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I hope Ryu Soo Young stays on the show. I love him and his perfectionist streak that shows up ever so often on the show. It's so fun to watch him explain so earnestly about how to perfectly fry food. Or how he cried when they had to leave the Baek Ma camp. Man, why have I not known you earlier, Ryu Soo Young?!

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Ryu Soo Young is forever my ahjusshi-dol. I luff him to pieces. He was in one of the earliest dramas I watched, 18 vs 29 where I also spotted Siwon for the first time, before he was/would become a Suju member since the group debuted in Nov 2005 and this was a Spring 05 drama.

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Lol at dodging MS... It's not forbidden to cheat: It's forbidden to get caught. If I was a Korean man I would do anything possible (and smartly effective) to avoid it. As for returning in the army for variety or whatever, they must be paid well or be gluttons for punishment.
*Shakes head* My brain is not wired to understand this.

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that what I was thinking, they work 20 a day in drama why willing go on a show where you go back to bootcamp, it not if the guy lacking in status within the industry these days to need to do anything like this for self promotion, or that his 'star' is waning. I doubt very much if they get paid much at all, so why? Perhaps it is just paying his dues somehow in his own mind for his past. I did wonder what happened to the guy after the huge hit of Succssful Story of a Bright Guy and now it been explained

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Why not ?.
I think it's a perfect opportunity to gain love form the public or in Jang Hyuk's case even more so, MBLAQ's Mir gained a lot from his participation and so I'm assuming that is why Hyung-shik is signing up as well. In Jang Hyuk's case I think it's an admirable thing to want to do this show for his own well-being, reflection is always something that should be done in life plus I think the bonus of having Kim Soo Ro there as well helped him make the decision too.

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Does anyone know if it is being subbed into English? Would love to watch it, I have a soft spot for Kim Soo Ro since Family Outing days!

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I'm also wondering about this! I haven't seen subs for this anywhere, but I'd definitely like to give this show a try if anyone could point me in the right direction~

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me too! I was watching Mir on WGM and thinking what he meant by army! Anyway I love Hyung Shik . He is one of my fav young actors since watching Sirius and Nine!

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soomiyesha at tumblr has it :) they've only done one ep so far, but yeah =)

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Am I really the only person who read 'Jang Hyuk goes for variety with real men' and thought we would be getting a different article entirely?

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Haha yes you're the only one :p

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HAHA

Now I'm seeing this in a whole new light.

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i like JH & the premise sound badass, i wonder anywhere got subs for this so I can watch

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Okay, where can I find this show with English subs??? I have been wanting to watch for awhile (been slightly in love with Ryu Soo-young since Ojakkyo) but I can't seem to find it subbed anywhere... Help?

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But just realized they only show the first two parts of the first show. Damn, it looked good.
Hopefully they'll upload more.

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I don't watch variety shows....just read your recaps of a few of them....

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I would think I that all the suffering would be moot sincethese guys have either already done the real thing or will soon be doing the real thing. I don't get what would draw viewers in about this show, except maybe his who want a nostalgic look back at their army days.

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daebak..another dragon club member casted in variety show
I expect Jang Hyuk has unique character like Cha Tae Hyun in 1N2D and Kim Jong Kook in Running Man

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Suddenly became curious about this show because of Ryu Soo Young. He's one of my ahjussi crushes! May I ask if he has been on the show since episode 1? If not, in what episode did he start to appear? I' planning to watch the show only for him. Hehe.

And, this show on the same timeslot as 1N2D, right? Then it's against his Ojakgyo bro Joo Won's show. :))

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Yup, he's been on the show since episode 1. Come watch it! Ahaha I've become a fan of Ryu Soo Young after this show...

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All I know about his variety skills was how awkward he was when he guested on Family Outing. Yoo Jaesuk and the other cast members basically had to coax him to speak (and even then, it was still incredibly uncomfortable to watch). Granted, it was so many years ago, so here's to hoping that his variety persona has only gotten better since then! And I've never heard of this show, but it reminds me of a humorous Stars Earn Stripes (US show)...and I'm sure at least a few others remember how quickly they pulled it off air.

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Yes! JH, my Real Man.

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i love this show... when i first watched it, i had no clue what it was going to be about - now i love it. it's a manly show - not sure what that means...

the casts has been great so far and you secretly root for all of them.

(trying not to spoil anything below)
kim suro - the leader of the pact and is just awesome. always loved the guy since FO.
sam hemmington - it's nice to see a foreigner participate in the show, although i do feel bad for him at times.
son jinyoung - this guy is the heart of the group. love what he brings to the table.
ryu soo young - he genuinely seems so proud and happy at times, and he's got insane memorizing skills or something... a perfectionist.
mir - a bit quiet, but you can see him working hard, despite his injured back.
suh kyung suk - keeps it real and brings humor too.

my favorites have been: kim suro and son jinyoung. son jinyoung makes me almost cry at times.

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Son Jin Young is such a jewel!
I hope he'll hit big soon

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So this will be a reunion for Ryu Soo Young and Jang Hyuk after working together in Successful Bright Girl Story all those years ago, right?

I wonder if they kept in touch and stayed friends
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no wonder he accept this one, coz his past project , called Iris2 got low rating ever for his career.

he need something good to make his level star going up again after Iris2

Iris 2 is a failure for him (from rating and korean respond side).

and also rating "real man" is really good (even knocked up kang ho dong variety/barefoot), so its a good deal for him to join real man who have a good rating, and hope his level star will rise again like past.

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When Jang Hyuk was on Running Man ep 44 & 45, and he was *amazingly funny* in ep 45 when the challenge was to model goofy jeans/do a commercial in front of a bunch of advertising execs. IIRC, the final was between Lee Gwang Soo and Jang Hyuk.

Here's the link to the end of ep 45 (the model-off): http://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/xk3qal

Don't watch if you don't want spoilers!

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