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Kim Young-kwang joins Good Doctor

Casting continues for Good Doctor, adding Kim Young-kwang (Birth Secret, Bachelor’s Vegetable Store) to the medical staff to join Moon Chae-won and Joo Sang-wook as skilled doctors, with Joo-won playing the autistic savant who becomes a pediatric surgeon, who’s treated as the outsider by the other good docs. Because you can never escape high school.

Good Doctor is the drama formerly known as Green Scalpel, which reportedly changed its title because… wait for it… it was too difficult. It’s not like I think dramaland has a high opinion of our intelligence based on so much of the recycled nonsense it pours out, but c’mon. (Green Scalpel borrowed words for both green and scalpel… but then again, Good Doctor is just the transliterated English anyway, not a Korean-language title.) Is dramaland going to just dumb all its titles down now, lest we be unable to grasp concepts beyond the literal like Good Doctor, Birth Secret, Basketball, I Hear Your Voice, Medical Top Team, Two Weeks, and Three Days? Only one entendre need apply!

Kim Young-kwang plays a fourth-year resident of pediatric surgery who’s warm and friendly and a trustworthy colleague to Moon Chae-won and Joo Sang-wook. He’s also the first to bond with Joo-won’s character as a friendly hyung, which awww. That’s cute. (And funny, since they’re dong-gap actors in real life. But I can imagine Joo-won being happy to make anybody his hyung.)

Good Doctor will be a Monday-Tuesday drama on KBS following Shark and premieres on August 5.

Via SBS E!, TV Report

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Thanks!

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I am assuming that dong-gap means actors or people who are/were born the same year, right?
Based on that, does the month one was born in matters in Korea? I saw that Kim Young-kwang was born on January 1st, 1987 and JW on September 30th, 1987. Is my reasoning different if I assume that KYK would be the hyung anyway, or doesn't it work like that? (as in, the month one was born in does not matter, just the year, to determine one's position in the relationship as far hyung, unni and dongsaeng go).

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I believe when you're younger it's a bigger deal as to what time of year you were born in. So KYK would be the "fast" 87, and JW would be the late 87. I think at that point it's up to them whether they want to be hyung-dongsaeng or just friends.

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Thanks Tyme! I appreciate it.

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What can I say? The cast is top notch for me. Didn't watch Birth Secret nor Love Rain but he was good in BVS (for what he had to do) and excellent in Can we get married? He has that warm quality with just a bit of ice and danger under it. And of course, he is handsome...
Now let's wait for the script to match this.

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He's worth watching in White Christmas too - his character is out-and-out a cowardly jerk, but I liked how he made me feel bad for such an unsympathetic character.

Love Rain was a waste of all its supporting cast, really. I liked it because JGS and Yoona had good chemistry and I fast-forwarded all scenes except theirs, but you are quite ok missing it.

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I second that I loved him in white Christmas!!

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He has that warm quality with just a bit of ice and danger under it.

And I think you just hit the nail on the head for why he is so appealing.

Lots of actors can play 'good' and 'bad', and I admire that ability, but he's one of the rare ones who seems like he could pull off being both those qualities in the same frame.

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I had just a mild interest in this drama, it depends on the writing whether I will watch it. However this comment "He has that warm quality with just a bit of ice and danger under it" warmed me up a little more. This guy has not been on my radar somehow.

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what! You have got to watch "White Christmas". Disclaimer: the actors are a little green in that drama, but somehow it feels more sincere that way? (because they are portraying high school students, which is an awkward time).

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Yes, I watched him in White Christmas and Can We Get Married and he's good in both of them.

This drama certainly has one of the handsomest cast in k-dramaland.

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totally agreeeee!!!!

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Oh it is him. I thought he was such a great actor playing the jerk ''role'' but to find out he is a real jerk on real life lol, no wonder he played it so well.

Now, everytime I see him, I get bad taste on my mouth... hard to see him playing the warm and friendly guy... but lets see.

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completely agree with you. i was a fan of his since Triple but then finding out what a douche he is in real life, i've gone off him completely

i was interested in watching the drama as its a medical and joo won but now with KYK's casting im not too sure anymore

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His offscreen antics don't really bother me, even if he is an idiot. The man can act, and frankly I'd rather watch him onscreen than a 'nice' idol/actor who otherwise has all the ability of a block of wood.

(would still give him a wide berth in real life, though - I am not a fangirl for jerks!)

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Agree. Couldn't really care less what real life/variety persona he has as long as knows how to act, and delivers -- emotionally, physically, and mentally.

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me too, i don't really care about their real life as long as he could deliver the emotion i will watch it n drama doesn't depent on one actor, why bother if the story is good, it's impossible get only actor we like in a drama.
I see him in "More Charming By The day" i think he's fine in that drama

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Ha. People still believe that what we hear about stars in the media is the reality (in good or bad). Amusing.

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But it was an interview tho. Words came out of his own mouth. And on multiple occasions too.

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A BIG part of what people say in interviews is bullshit, lip service, provocation to make the buzz.

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Yeah but that doesn't excuse what he said and if people are turned off by him because of it then they have every right to because what he said was gross.

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then if he is not a jerk he is stupid because he could say other things than ruining his image like this for some ''buzz'' lol how can someone be this dumb?

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dafq would someone want to come off as a butthole in an interview (in Korea for that matter) to create buzz? something like that could literally destroy someone's career in Korea. he's not just a jerk but also an idiot if that's what he was going for.

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I'm missing something...what did he do? What did he say? What interview?? O_O

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From his interviews, his words:

"I plan to continue advancing onto European stages, but my final hopes is to become an actor. Recently, I shot a music video with Shin Hye Sung and Lyn's for 'It's You'. I also played the role of a hitch hiker in the shopping mall '11th Street' CF. I broke up with my girlfriend last September. The reason? Why are you asking me that, it's embarrassing me. My ideal woman is someone who's smart and cute. Someone who dresses well according to each situation, but doesn't overdo it. What I think is ugly is when women with thick thighs and short legs wear skinny jeans. Or those that wear leggings and a miniskirt and sit with their legs spread open on the subway... I sincerely ask those people to stop."

''Article: Kim Young Kwang under controversy for his interview "I hate girls with thick legs..."

Vogue Girl: What kind of physical appearance do you dislike?

Kim Young Kwang: I hate anyone that looks pathetic. Anyone that looks like Sung Joon (model), I don't mind if they show up without their hair washed or something but when someone whose physical appearance I don't like shows up like that, I don't even want to look at them.

Vogue Girl: I'm not that into short, stubby hands.

Kim Young Kwang: I hate thick calves!

Vogue Girl: That's right, you said before that you look at a girl's legs the first time, right?

Kim Young Kwang: I look at everything (laugh).

Kim Young Kwang: I've said this in almost every interview but whether they be a male or female, I like them to be pretty. I know that it's not necessary to say things like this but I'll look at someone's physical appearance and say, "I don't like that person. I don't think they'll match me." Then my friends will be like, "Hyung, you're really mean, you know that?"

Yeah, and people telling me ''don't believe what media says, lol it was an interview and he said those things, he even said sorry for saying things like this.

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Ha! What a goof. He requires a woman who's cute and smart; while he has an ugly attitude and can't seem to learn from his own mistakes. LOL. Good luck with that, dude.

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Ahhh, I see. So, he focuses on appearances...hmmm. He comes off a bit shallow here for sure...but as long as he can put it away in his acting. Certainly, not the only celebrity I like who has a seemingly less-than-favorable personality type. I just choose to focus on their talents in cases like this.

I think he talked a bit much in this, though. Sometimes, it's better not to say certain things but at least we know he's honest, haha! Lol, Vogue Girl was definitely feeding this conversation, too, though. I have to laugh at this.

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This is really funny. The guy lacks complete self awareness...

The guy is more charismatic than good looking. Older generations would not have even considered him to be good looking.

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ia..
i completely fell for him after cwgm but then i read those interviews and i can't look at him the same anymore..
i still have a soft spot for the entire white christmas cast and always follow their projects tho i can't rly help it
so i basically have mixed feelings toward this kid
such a shame... what a waste of a great face and talent.

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Lol you forgot Vampire Prosecutor...and Brain...and OB/Gyn?Wow, there are more than I thought hahahaa

But, anyway, I don't mind these super-simplified titles as long as there is a good script/acting behind it. The only downside to the bad title, anyway, is the embarrassment you get when you try to recommend the drama to friends, lmao.

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..."I can imagine Joo Won being happy to make anybody his hyung." Hee hee hee.

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Waaahaawwiiii...!!! u(*o*)u Kabababadadawhooo!!

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I only saw him once in Love Rain. Wasted talent there. He and Joo Won both born in 1987 but he's the warm hyung to Joo Won?. Woooo interesting.

By the way, NO IDOL?? He he he. Every K-Drama and K-Movie MUST HAVE IDOL.

Wake me up when July ends. Looking forward for this drama.. Joo Won, Joo Sang Wook, Moon Chae Won.. Him! Bring it on.

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well, Joo Won did play hyung to '84-er Yeon Woo-jin in Ojakkyo Brothers so I have no problems with this :)

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Aw. Can't wait for Joowonie to call him "Hyung..."

Okay, lovely Chaewonie is so damn lucky, surrounded by cute & hot & tall guys in this drama.

You better be good. I root for you Good Doctor!

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I was just thinking she's a lucky bitch!
She's pretty much struck gold with all of her leading men.

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she, Park Shin-hye and Shin Mina must have saved the country in a previous life or something.

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don't forget park minyoung.

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no man those guys are the lucky ones getting to work with the goddess

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**prays for the drama gods to FINALLY let his forehead be seen**

He looks SO different without that floppy hair covering half his face, and it's a good look too - I hope the styling department lets him wear it the way it is in the pic up there, for this drama.

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his character sounds good :)

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I like him, but haven't always loved his drama choices. This makes me more interested in watching. But I still worry about the love line. Since I really like all the actors so far, I'll give it a shot.

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I know he is a jerk but he is so good looking and a decent actor. I'll probably be watching.

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Bleh.

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God, he's so good-looking. And he's a pretty good actor as well. Too bad he said some douchey things, that really turned me off

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birth secret ended last weekend? with only 18 episodes?

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He was awesome in wh. Thank god I found about the interview later because I can't deal with him since. The fact that he is so gorgeous and a charming actor complicates things. Urgh so frustrating !!

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I guess he should tell in his interviews that his ideal = ugly fangirls, then he would regain his "popularity". Poor shattered dreams...

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lol stop. you're embarassing yourself.

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I don't share your opinion obviously. Those who are embarassed here are the ones who are bothered by the supposed taste in women of a man they will never meet. I also like the rampant hypocrisy and the double standard: I bet those girls would never describe an average looking Korean boy as their ideal.

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I don't think you're giving those girls enough credit.

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Dont be obtuse. No one is asking him to be insincere, but tact will take him far in life. You might want to apply that as well.

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We all do our choices in life. I prefer honesty over tact and it goes both ways. If people prefer to believe canned interviews on 1st degree, good for them. I prefer to have a critical mind on what I hear and see, specially in Dramaland. As I said, no one but him can know what he really thinks. For me it's just one of those stupid interviews and he gave an answer a bit different than usual for the journalist, probably cause he was bored out of his mind. Either it's true and life will teach him how it works OR it's bullshit and there is no reason to preach morality. Seriously, looking at the comments you could think that he killed puppies.

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lol you try to act like ''It doesn't matter'' except it does for you and a lot by the way you are acting... like that oppalogist girls.

You even try to look smarter than us who don't share the same opinion BS, learn to respect other opinions too, not everyone are okay with whatever he said, for some people, what he said turned them off.

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If people look dramas depending on what the actors say on interviews about their private life, then it's sad. Btw, those stars surely do worst things than having high standards for partners, because they are merely humans. Fangirls judge the actors way of life, I judge the fangirls and commenters who don't agree with me can judge me. Circle of life.

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Lol you clearly have too much time on your hands. Go write something people actually care about.

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Looks like you actually care since you're replying. ;) And yes, I have nothing better to do right now.

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Except... he said what he thinks and then he doubled down on it in a separate interview, if I'm reading comment 3.4.1 correctly. It's hard to argue that no one knows his mind when he states something outright and then defends it when questioned.

I'm not saying that it's unfair for him to have a type of woman he finds most attractive; loads of people have a physical type that they prefer. I know I do. But it's possible to have that preference without being an ass to everyone who doesn't fit the mold.

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He looks like lee kwangsoo

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Sorry, I didn't mean it to be reply.

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I can see how alot of people would consider your comment to be insensitive and blunt(recognizing the large female demographics) except i was not put off by your comment and remain unaffected on an objective standpoint. There are so many comments bashing actors and actresses based on looks alone on all these blogs but once it comes on the other end, all of a sudden the world stops. I can see how one would argue that the degree to his comment is rather harsh, but i just see it as a boy being uber shallow, not beating around the bush whereas other people manage to say it in a better manner so it doesn't sound as bad or ass-like.
Im pretty sure in alot of guys think these horrible things, they just don't admit it. This is reality. Kim Young Kwang comes across as a douchebag (deservedly so) because he shamelessly admits it, but even then why should it matter if he successfully portrays his character well and gets the job done? They're actors and entertainers, and i expect nothing more from them. Don't know the dude, dude don't know me, we have no real connection. Reality vs. fantasy
In this day and age people are increasingly associating an actor/actresses's personality offscreen to their characters on screen. ie. maknae joo won + gaksital = does not compute! Which is why i try to avoid watching variety esp. which actors/actresses i've come to love onscreen.

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100% agree. Douchebagry is legal. He can do what the heck he wants. And people are allowed to form opinions on his character based on what he says. It is also likely that some of these people are being hypocritical based on their own prefernces as well but thats another story.
He is clearly a talented actor but if he is that vocal about who he truly is, it's difficult for people to separate his reality from the characters he portrays. I think if mystisith had expressed the point in this manner, more people would have seen where he/she was coming from and possibly agreed with the point. Which i think is proof that separating packaging from what lies beneath is difficult.

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umm... what interview... am I missing something that everyone knows.. =( Regardless, he was pretty decent in Birth Secret when I watch it halfway... I do hope he is good in Good Doctor...I am still debating to watch it or not as I love the casting except Joo Won *duck tomatoes*. Therefore, I think I will wait for the recaps to see if it is worth to watch it or not. I hope it will have a good writing of it....

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Basically he can't understand why everyone isn't beautiful like him. If you don't look like a model then he prob wonders why you exist . It's safe to say that if your not perfect then he's disgusted by you. I dont know where all of it is but here's the main bit

http://omonatheydidnt.livejournal.com/10481875.html

No real way to go around it. I like him as an actor but his real life self sucks.

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Well they can't all have winning personalities. He sure as hell doesn't. Makes me sad and sorry. That really is a horrible way to be.

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i actually this whole thing a bit funny and sad because he's not even beautiful. just because he's a model, he thinks he's the shit or something? does he even own a mirror?

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i actually think* this

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Anna are you from england? ' he thinks hes the shit' is something we say here à lot. Anyway, it is a shame when this happens. I remember adoring yoo ah in and then i saw that doc where they followed him around and he was so horrible that i can't stand to watch him in anything now - as much as i want to. And even if àn interview pops up where he is being nice , all i can think is fakefake. Don't have the time for lame people. The door is where it's at.

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Aww, I still love Yoo Ah In,lol. He seems cocky and a bit anti-social or cynical but I don't think he's a jerk. Just waiting for him to pick a good project.

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Yoo Ah In does seem a bit awkward in real life for me. But it's not because he's a douchebag, it's just that he doesn't know what's the right thing to do or say. These kind of cases occurs because of the judgmental society tbh :(.

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I second this...

Would he make anybody's "ideal" list?

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Love his character description. I can totally picture him and Joo Won just bromancing it up on and off the screen. I expect pics, lots and lots of pics.

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I like him as an actor, especially in White Christmas, but I am utterly turned off by his douchebag comments that even if I see him name, I am automatically reminded of them. I don't actively avoid his projects, but there's basically nothing he can do to redeem himself in my eyes.

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same here, i used to like him very much, but when i read his interview.... totally ruins the character he plays in dramas for me :( and i loved "can we get married" so much

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Why? What did he say? Do you links to his interview?

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Oh, I get it now. His comments are really off-putting. :/

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Oh this douche?Now I'm definitely not watching this drama.

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hmm....i dont think "treating someone as an outsider" is something like high school. these things are really happening in real life, even in my country, in my work area. some people tends to bully others either verbally or physically. though God-forbid i hope they dont do physical violence in this drama. *prays*

as for the title, i agree that they should remain it as Green Scalpel. it adds something different and unique to the drama. Good Doctor seems so common and slightly childish~ no offense to the team though. =)

Joowon will have a hyung in the drama!!! yipeee!!! more bromance, please~ we've seen some BTS photos of the drama's shooting, and it seems so heartbreaking.... *cries a river* little Park ShiOn is gonna have so many heartbreaking moments. adult Park ShiOn, please be strong!

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I didn't know this guy's got such a controversial image. I have only seen him in White Christmas which I thought he did great as a cowardly bully.

Anyway, he is a side character, I don't think he is going to have much screen time. Strange that people are staying away from this drama because they dislike him but well, to each her own. He's definitely not going to impact my enjoyment, the most important thing is still the story and how they tell it.

I agree that we should take most interviews with a pinch of salt. This guy could be just speaking his mind and being more honest than most but I think there is such thing as having some common sense not to be offensive. Some things are best kept private and not shout to the whole world. No one appreciates this kind of honesty. Or of course he could just be trying to make a buzz. And does that make him better than those who say only good things?

In any case, I don't need to be a fangirl to watch him. He is just another actor in a dramaland who is tall, looks decent and can act.

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Dismissing projects because of an actor or actress's personality you don't like off-screen has always been rather puzzling to me. Especially one that is not either of the main leads.
It sucks for an actor or actress when you're watching them act out their character and all you see is their variety persona or your impression from interviews.
We know nothing about the guy except for the douchey comment he made in an interview. Except, someone seemingly as shallow as him should be pitied, because words like that don't cut as deep compared to other things people can say. But that's just me. Him saying stuff like "ugly people", "big thighs/calves" is somewhat childish but i'd say a direct hit to my personality or character traits would hurt my ego way more.

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Dismissing projects because of an actor or actress’s personality you don’t like off-screen has always been rather puzzling to me.

Same here. Admittedly, I do tend to avoid the work of particularly heinous people (you will not catch me watching a Roman Polanski film, and I'm not sure I'll watch anything with Park Shi-hoo in it ever again, after the recent awfulness) but boycotting someone's work because they said something trivial but somewhat hurtful.....it just seems childish to me.

If they can get the job done onscreen, that should be what matters - variety aegyo is not a substitute for acting talent.

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Word about Park Shi Hoo. Even though the details of that case were never clear, I don't think I could watch him in anything again without thinking "did he? did he not?" It'll be weird now, for sure. On the other hand, it's a problem I don't think anyone has to worry about right now. I mean, I don't see him getting much work for a while...

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for me it's not boycotting, it's just its making it hard to like his character. like a bitter taste watching his character. i liked him in can we get married, and more charming by the day. He also played a minor role in "Take care of a lady".

I think i will still rewacht Can we get married, but the bitter taste will never fade. And thats kinda disappointing.

Same with deceased actors...Like Park Yong Ha. I really loved On Air and now its hard to watch because I know he is dead :( again this "bitter taste"

With Park Shi Hoo I don't have that much of a problem. He was declared innocent. And I believe in law. :/ Maybe hypocritical but I think we have to believe in law.

I have a problem watching Ryu Shi Won after I read he killed someone in a car accident. But his scandal seems forgotten....

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......so someone who, by his own admission, slept with a drunk, barely-legal young woman on the first night they met and then had his lawyers drag her character through the mud is easier to 'like' when you watch them playing a character than someone who merely stated his aesthetic preferences in women's figures?

Yeah, I'd say that is hypocritical, especially considering just what the accusation was.

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what i say is that noone knows the whole story and you don't know what happened. so what: call someone a criminal eventhough he was declared innocent? everybody is innocent until it's proven he is a criminal. you judge by what the media tell you. i judge by what a court has decided...because these are the only facts i can rely on.
you don't rely on facts, you rely on what media tells you.

so you can't prove anything but call him a criminal. remeber that innocent people go to jail and their live is ruined, or worse: they get death sentence. Always think about how you judge people: by facts or by belief.

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It's all about remaining objective and keeping an open-mind.
That's what my parents always told me.

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You guys just made me curious about what he said. I'm not a fan, I only remember him from Love Rain... but now I'll search to see what he said.

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The new title sounds too plain. It doesn't sound catchy. Anyway, why do dramas keep on changing their title? it seems like it's becoming a trend. I like the former title.

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Yay, more of this fine creature in dramaland. The boys of White Christmas are on a roll.

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Is he the guy in Can We Get Married? If yes, I liked him there. He acted well in that drama and I could clearly see how his character changed. Basically that whole drama was awesome especially the plot. A breathe of fresh air in Korean dramaland.

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He is, indeed :)

That drama was what really put him on my radar - and it helped that he and his lead had great chemistry and well-written roles. I hope he finds something equally good in the near future.

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This Kim Youngkwang was in White Christmas, right? I think I'm okay with him even though I didn't really "feel" him in White Christmas. But I only watched him once so I'm not gonna judge.

As for the "I'm not going to watch this jerk-in-real-life" statement.. I don't know if I'm agree with this or not. It depends on so many things, I think. I never heard about his controversial statements until now so I'm okay with him

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awww... I'm looking forward for this!

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