Park Shin-yang offered lead in Iron Man
javabeans: Now that Ji Sung has escaped the clutches of Iron Man, the drama production is looking for a new lead, and has extended the offer to… Park Shin-yang (Sign, Painter of the Wind)? That’s a weird jump.
girlfriday: That’s the strangest choice — maybe not Park Shin-yang alone in a vacuum, but when you start with Ji Sung and Shin Se-kyung…. let’s just say that’s not the direction I was expecting them to take.
javabeans: I still don’t understand what this drama is. Every time we come across stories, I recheck the description just in case we misinterpreted it the last dozen times we wrote about it, because surely it’s not actually about a man with knives in his body?
girlfriday: I know, and I read another dozen stories to see if maybe someone has just ONE other description that makes sense.
javabeans: The thing is, it could be a metaphor. But it’s written not in the metaphor way, it’s written in a way that sounds literal. So I keep questioning whether Iron Man is really Wolverine: Knife in the Heart, or if it’s just a terribly written press release about a guy who’s just really sad and mad.
girlfriday: Right, because a guy with mutant powers who sprouts knives from his body is very different from a guy who sharpens the metaphorical knife of revengey pain in his heart.
javabeans: Although calling it Iron Man supports the first interpretation — instant evocation of a dude with stuff wrong with his chest — more than just Emotionally Scarred Hero Meets Meddly Heroine in Love Story.
girlfriday: Otherwise known as every Park Shin-yang drama ever? See, now his casting has me leaning the other way.
javabeans: Also, there’s the part where his love is supposed to help him transform into “a real person.” Again, are we talking “real person” as in “let’s work some therapy and get you in touch with your softer side”?
girlfriday: Or is this Pinocchio’s “I want to be a real boy”? At this point I think we’re more interested in what the heck this drama’s about, and less the casting merry go ‘round, since it’s hard to have an opinion on which actor is best for the hero when you don’t know the premise. Though the character description does call the hero prickly and short-tempered, which I guess is Park Shin-yang’s specialty?
javabeans: How did his career take such a backwards turn? I remember when he was new and good, so nuanced and emotional (remember The Letter?), and then I saw his more recent work and was kind of shocked.
girlfriday: I think at some point he decided that shouty was suddenly the height of emotional expression. I would say that’s the point at which I lost interest in him.
javabeans: Well, maybe his shouty, pointy knives of emotional turmoil will cut through Shin Se-kyung’s armor of cold indifference.
girlfriday: Iron Man Meets Iron Woman.
javabeans: I think you mean Triathlon: The Untold Love Story.
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