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Lee Jong-seok and Park Shin-hye courted for Pinocchio

Okay, this is one reunion I’m rooting for in dramaland: Lee Jong-seok is considering a reunion with the PD-writer team behind I Hear Your Voice, for their new fall drama Pinocchio. It might actually wash out the part of my brain that went mushy trying to hold onto some semblance of sanity while watching Doctor Stranger. Maybe. It’s too early to count any chickens since he’s just considering the offer, and I’d take the casting rumors with a huge grain of salt since an earlier round initially had Kim Woo-bin in contention for the role for about a minute. Is casting both of them out of the question?

I’m a little less excited about Park Shin-hye being courted to co-star, even though I like her fine in most things… it’s just that Heirs kind of tipped her over for me on the ratio of actress to number of sad Candy characters played, and bad associations linger (to be fair, they do for Lee Min-ho and Kim Woo-bin as well). On the upside, I do actually trust the I Hear Your Voice writer to come up with a heroine who stands up for herself and speaks her mind; on the downside, I’ll probably be sad that Lee Bo-young isn’t playing her.

Pinocchio is SBS’s late-fall Wednesday-Thursday drama from PD Jo Soo-won and writer Park Hye-ryun, that tells the story of young reporters who are on duty ’round the clock at the city news desk in search of the truth. I fully expect the show to do a late reveal that it’s about a hero who has the power to tell if people are lying or something, but maybe it’ll veer away from being a carbon copy of Voice’s setup.

The writer also scripted Dream High, which was an endearing youthful drama about banding together to chase your dreams. I can see Pinocchio melding the two, with reporters instead of laywers and twentysomething dreamers instead of teens. I basically felt like You’re All Surrounded was that setup for cops, so perhaps we can expect something similar for rookie reporters.

I’m sure casting will go through numerous rounds of Will they or won’t they since it’s still August; Pinocchio follows She’s So Lovable (after It’s Okay, It’s Love) in mid-November.

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I am excited with this drama after Kim Woo Bin offered Lead Male role,
but now Lee Jong Suk in and Park shin Hye??
I love this couple!!

But if only Kim Woo Bin receive, i think it's better for YoungSang couple reunion,,

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Kim Woo Bin was never offered a lead role in this drama.

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Yes, KWB was offered the lead role. However, he turned it down, probably to act in movies.

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Kim Woo Bin was rejected by SBS. SBS drama director PD was very pissed to see the news of Kim Woo Bin and clarified that his image is not for this role.

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Why was he pissed though? Any reason for that
I'm curious.

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Kim Woo Bin was rejected by SBS. SBS drama director clarified that he is not the right image for the role right after Kim Woo Bin agency released the news of his casting in this drama.

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<3

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And there will also be one drama about news reporter with Park Min Young and Ji Chang Wook coming right... That one with KBS...

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Yeah...never liked any project that had park shin hye in it....started to see the why now...hehe! And Luckily for me I had your recaps to read before starting Doctor stranger. Phew...I dodge a bullet there thanks to you! ?
I fully agree with your comment about the Lee Min Ho now (not Kim Woo Bin though. Cos he's still new and my glittery love hasn't dwindle yet....) ?. He haven't had a good project in ages....

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Same here..I guess I'll just have a pass on this one.

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As soon as I saw PSH my anticipation drops about 80%.

I guess like many others, her Heirs role just did her in for me. Still not sure if it was just downright bad acting, or writing and directing, but it seems like all she plays are Cinderella Candies that cry a lot.

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I try to wash away PSH sad candy girl role in Heirs by thinking of her role in Flower Boy Next Door. Her character as Dok Mi isn't exactly far from her other roles but Dok Mi had so much character growth in the entire series. Dok Mi is a very sympathetic and not a one dimensional character. Though I must admit it was mostly because of the fairly good writing. There was nothing really new with the performance she gave and the kissing scene was so disappointing (as per usual for PSH).

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I stopped watching Flower Boy because of her character really. And her character infuriated me in Heirs. I could watch her other earlier dramas. Haiz.

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I mean I could not.

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If the girl would just learn how to kiss her leading man like she doesn't fear she's about to become a victim of sexual assault, and take on a complex role that calls for some actual backbone, I'm sure she could begin to stem the negative tide that has begun to ride in at the mention of her name nowadays. Come on PSH, I'm rooting for you, girl!

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sometimes i wonder if she had a stand in for this cf with jang geun suk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCHFHeVed6g

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Park shin hye??? Mehhh.
Next please!

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SBS doesn't beat around the bush. Unless accident (knocks her head), I consider this a done deal. Both have to restore their image after a bad drama and this writer is the ticket. No brainer.
I have no doubt about LJS or the writer (geniiiiuses of their respective crafts). Now let's hope we will have a PSH 2.0 that would go with them...

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Actually are Heirs and Doctor Stranger not considered bad dramas. They both did fairly well in ratings. Just because we outstanders don't like it, doesn't mean the Korean fans don't. I think both dramas did pretty good there and received a lot of positive things (as far as I can tell though).

Still, I am sick of PSH too. I loved her in the beginning (I get annoyed with her kissing scenes too, but maybe that's how it's written in the script) but now she just annoys me. She is casted in so many dramas that could have had a better actress or give another one the chance and always plays those roles I'm sick off. Especially in Heirs. I hated her character.

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Oh god not not Park Shin Hye.. Skip.

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No, it will be okay. In this drama, Lee Jeong Suk is guaranteed to be a geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenius kisser.

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LOL.

Except that Yoon Si-Yoon is a pretty genius kisser (I remember that kiss from Me too, Flower) and that didn't make much of a difference in FBND....

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Exactly!

I don't want to be mean, but to me watching PSH performances feels like what it would be like to watch a mime doing a drama. It's a collection of 'impressions' that are delivered exactly the same way, each and every time. The thoughtful reflection, the look of paaaaaaaaaain, the crying, the rigid kisses, the wide-eyed-pursed-lipped look of surprise, the wrist grab whiplash. Ugh.

What I find most frustrating about watching her, is that it seems like she might actually have the talent to deliver a character that's its own unique person. But, for whatever reason, she just doesn't.

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I am sure there is a real term for it, but I think of it as "acting by rote". When you only have 5 or 6 styles, you are pretty limited. It seems like she has a total absence of any nuances - it is the same exact formula expression every time.

When Heir was going hot, I thought maybe it was not her, but I went back and looked at a few scenes from earliear shows, and she was the same way.

She should stick to modeling.

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She wasn't ready! He caught her by surprise! Do over! This time she'll totally nail it!

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yeah, Yoon Si-yoon is a good kisser and that kiss was looooooong. Most of the noona-dongsaeng romances has the best kisses like My sweet Seoul, 9th with 2 outs, and recently the Witch Romance.

But I think Yoo Seung-ho and Park Eun-bin's kiss in Operation Proposal was really hot considering they were just 18 and 19 yrs. old at that time.

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PSH reminds me of Jin Se-Yeon. Ahh..heart pain. Will probably read recaps first to decide. Must. Learn. From. Doctor. Stranger.

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I don't like PSH, she is a not so good actress

but even she is 10×better than Jin Se Yen. Who is someone who is not fit to be called an actress at all.

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isnt Lee Min Ho a geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenius kisser? and the kisses in Heirs are teeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerible

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Which dramas did LMH genius-kiss in? The ones I remember (I'm drawing a blank and I haven't watched all his stuff) were okay, but nothing like Yoon Si-Yoon's Me Too, Flower one or currently Jo In-sung's It's Okay It's Love ones (which I'd qualify as genius-kisses).

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Just curious, how do you define a genius drama kiss? My impressions are in line with yours. I'm curious to know what you think are the critical elements.

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Uhhh, in the context of this discussion I was thinking of genius kisses (thanks JoAnne for adding a word to everyone's vocabulary today!!!) as ones that involve both parties actively, lip movement (and more) from both. Sensual French kisses essentially. Definitely NOT one of them being a wooden plank. Or both of them pressing their lips against each other and then standing there for 30 secs pretending that it's some sort of passionate kiss, usually with cameras swirling around them (?!?!?!?!?).

This is not to say that other kinds of kisses don't have their place. Tiny, gentle kisses (that express affection rather than sexual desire), almost kisses, enthusiastic surprise kisses (like LJS in IHYV when the female lead says she'll go out with him and he smiles, runs off and runs back for a short "I'm so happy" kiss on the lips) can all do their bit.... but wooden plank and frozen lip-press kisses are always just silly.

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The LMH kiss I've heard people talk about was in Personal Taste. But to me that kiss was nothing more than a lot of directorial flourishes to create the perception of a good kiss. If a kiss is good, the director doesn't need to add all the swirly whirly camera work to add a sense of connectedness (or perhaps mask disconnectedness), and the loud emotional soundtrack to stoke our emotions.

The best kiss I've seen LMH do was actually the almost-a-kiss in City Hunter (the one when the lead female was asleep on his couch). In how they created that scene I could feel the emotion and passion of a kiss, even without it actually happening.

(Though, LOL, in the behind-the-scenes footage, when his lips almost touch the actress he spontaneously jumps back like she's kryptonite...and then giggled uncontrollably. Such a knucklehead.)

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Agree on the Personal Taste kiss... that was a creating-the-impression-of-a-kiss-with-the-camera, not a real one.

Actually, I agree with you on the City Hunter kiss too... it wasn't what I was talking about in terms of "genius kisses" (since the context were PSH's wooden-plank kisses or whatever you want to call them), but sometimes the most chaste or the almost-kisses create are the most sensual! In fact, the best of actors can go a whole drama without a single kiss and can still create sizzling chemistry...

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The problem is Park Shin-hye has been known to take some of the best drama kissers and make it look like they are kissing a mannequin. The only time I saw her in a good kiss scene was with Jang Keun-suk but that boy is a bloody expert at kissing.

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No to Park Shin Hye. Please no. Yes to IHYV writer.

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A big yes to IHYV writer...
excited hoping for Kim Woo Bin..,
without him now a good replacement with Lee Jong Suk..
but what?...Park Shin Hye..?!!
a big jokes..ridiculous casting here..
seriously i hope they change the female lead bcoz honestly if writer-nim follow the real plot of Pinocchio story...this drama will be fun and might be another big hit!park hye ryun is pretty genius.its going to be sad if bland actress like PSH got the lead....huhu

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Come on, let there be an Internet god that answers our prayers and push her out. And give her another role somewhere. She does need a job..but not with LJS. LJS needs another good leading lady. (Lee Bo Young..but that is just wishful thinking..for that to happen twice).

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I know right? I was exited when I saw lee jong suk name's name but when I saw park shin hye I was like "oh okay, nevermind...."

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I have to admit I'm not a fan of LJS (I know, heresy around these parts) -his face is so jacked I can't get past it when I'm watching him. But he's a decent actor, and this plot sounds interesting.

I'm a PSH fan, and I'm excited at the chance to see her in a different type of role. It's kind of unfair to say you dislike her because she's done lots of "Candy" roles, then turn around and say you don't want her to get a chance in a different milieu. If she's cast, keep an open mind before dismissing her out of hand (not even getting into the inevitable "but she's so terrible at kissing" chants, because if that's the metric you judge acting by . . .not too many places you can go from there).

Anyway, the plot sounds intriguing and I'll probably give it a shot no matter who's cast.

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I also find his face a bit off

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LJS has a "fish-face" and really shouldn't be doing the lip pout (aside from being a guy).

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yeah his face is weird (the nose job was totally unnecessary) but he's a good enough actor that he makes it easy to look past the PS work.

I really do like Park Shin-hye, despite her tendency to look like she's cringing in kiss scenes. But I absolutely hated Heirs, and her role did her no favours - it had none of the charm she is capable of bringing to a role, and she and LMH had zero romantic chemistry - though I admit she had some with KWB. And even if some of the criticisms are warranted, I do think she is good and people comparing her unfavourably with Suzy or LJS' last leading lady (won't say her name, she may as well be Voldemort around here) are way off base.

I'm intrigued about what her pairing with LJS will be like, if they both accept. But if she passes, I won't be cut up if the role goes to one of her Heirs costars - Im Joo-eun is in the market for a decent role for a while now. Ditto Kim Jiwon.

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I'm sorry but in kdrama's kissing is not just a little part of it. If that long awaited for moment isn't done properly then the whole drama is a disappointment. The reason most of us watch them is because they can turn one kiss into so much more than what a US film tries to do with a whole sex scene.

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So True. I'm with you on this, 100% :-)

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I like PSH, it's just...how can I say it? She lacks energy to give her character that extra umpf... yeah that must it.

Lee Jong Seok! :>
Sad I missed his last drama, but I'll happily pretend that strange show never excised...

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Looking forward and erase the memories.

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Woo Bin-Jong Suk bromance reunion, please...

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Oh btw thanks GF for that picture, very good choice!

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where is Kim Bum? i would like to see him instead of LJS. it has been age since KB's lastest drama

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he is in china right now

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I badly miss this guy. Tbh, I can't picture him as a journalist at the moment, but given his drive and passion in constantly challenging himself and veering away from his comfort zone, it could work. He needs a new project (and a lead role at that) asap. He's been gone too long for my liking.

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I was just thinking about him the other day. He is definitely one to take on a variety of projects and not always the chaebol or genius role like so many do because they need to always project/protect a certain image. I appreciate that 'an actors actor' aspect of him, so I would be glad to see him in something soon.

Remembering Padam Padam....

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i want it to be about reporter-rookies who are still full of ideals trying to make it in the business and bringing all the issues of fresh-graduates trying to find work, navigating through adulthood and finding themselves.

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yes please.that kind of silce of life jdorama..now I'm anticipate misaeng, that drama seems have that story finding selves and office struggling

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I want to see PSH playing more melo or darker role.. Not this like this one.. Sounds easy and easy role makes her look like a hopeless heroine.

Come on Shin Hye... I still love you!

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I think I've seen too much of the 2 of them recently. I'll give this a miss.

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please,consider kim ji won

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They are both coming from two awful dramas (I don't care about ratings) so I'm really wary of either one's next project choice. I would need an amazing synopsis, genuinely intriguing characters and solid casting all around to be drawn into this (not getting a sense of this yet at all)... LJS has given me some dramas I enjoyed (School 2013, IHYV), but they weren't all his appeal: in School 2013 it was the magic of the whole ensemble cast and in IHYV the female lead had at least as much to do with me loving that drama as LJS. PSH I have found at best average and some of her dramas I've just disliked immensely (Heartstrings, Heirs).

The IHYV team is a plus point, but I also know that all the legal parts of that drama were utter nonsense.

I also have to wonder why Kim Woobin passed on this...

<to be fair, they do for Lee Min-ho and Kim Woo-bin as well

That's true, and I was thinking about the fact why Kim Woo-bin's choice in Heirs doesn't really affect my opinion of him (as someone with immense talent and who generally makes good project choices). I think it's down to the fact that he's got other really interesting projects to his name (esp. since he seems to be turning more to film) and that despite of being in one of the shittiest drama ever, he actually made something of his role. As much his character was awful, he was fascinating. It's that aura/flair he's got, which neither LMH nor PSH have for me.

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I couldn't have said it better myself.

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IHYV's legal parts were never really what the drama was truly about, otherwise we'd all have dropped it in rage, heh.

I believe Kim Woo-bin passed on this one because he's got conflicting commitments. But I do agree, he made his character actually interesting despite how despicable he was at the beginning.....which genuinely surprised me because before Heirs, I'd thought of him as an actor whose appeal lay in raw charisma and onscreen energy rather than actorly skill. And he did what even I didn't think was possible - he stole the show from right under the nose of none other than Lee Min-ho. Fo

(and the same goes for Kim Ji-won as Rachel, which was a really good performance. One of the best executions of 'bitchy but vulnerable' I've ever seen, she should have been the star of her own drama. Preferably with Kim Woo-bin and Kang Haneul as leads).

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KWB was never even considered for this drama in the first place… so he did not pass it.

The production company, Sidus HQ, had been media-playing since earlier this year to have one of their actors (KWB is under Sidus) as lead in the drama. However, it backfired as SBS Drama chief himself released an interview with press stating that both the writer and the director were already in discussion with someone better suited for the role.

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Well, at least Sidus has better actors on their roster than JYP (who produced Dream High and stuffed it full of idols with no eye to whether they could act). And Kim Woobin's reps were very definite that they had received an offer, I doubt that is an outright lie.

If they are indeed going for one of their actors in the lead, I hope they consider Lee Yubi. She's much more in need of a break than Kim Woo-bin.

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KWB's reps' statements don't really add up… and a lot gets lost in translation...

On August 7th at 8:02 am, Sidus released an exclusive article where a Sidus rep gave an interview confirming that KWB has received and accepted the lead role in Pinocchio; and that, after co-ordinating his schedules with the movie he's filming (which is also a Sidus production so co-ordinating between the movie and the drama schedules shouldn't be a problem), he will proceed to film both.

http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=106&oid=241&aid=0002238934

Just a few minutes later, at 8:30 am, Sidus reps released several articles stating that It's hard to even say that KWB is in talks for a role in this drama (which contradicts what they said in the previous article) due to schedule conflicts with the movie filming, but that he received an offer.

http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=106&oid=109&aid=0002847700

Starting at 9:07 am, SBS's side released several articles denying Sidus' statements. According to an interview with the drama department chief "the writer and the director are in the middle of discussions with an actor better suited for the role". He also added that KWB does not even match the character in question and that he was never considered for the role.

http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=004&oid=005&aid=0000681687

http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=106&oid=047&aid=0002064764

Note that it is very rare for the drama department chief to come out in person and do an interview like that (which confirms that SBS's side was very irritated by the media play seeing as how they put a stop to it as soon as it started).

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Thanks for sharing this info. People who got their piece meal soundbites from other places should stop pretending like they know the whole development. It's annoying.

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I heard he declined the drama from another source which seemed legit.

But I haven't got so much time on my hands (or care enough) to investigate whether that was reliable info. Even if he never was considered, this drama is still a big question mark for me.

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"PSH I have found at best average and some of her dramas I’ve just disliked immensely (Heartstrings, Heirs)."

I know I'll be very, very alone on this one, but the show of hers that I dislike most is You Are Beautiful. To this day I can't connect with why people rave about it. A lot of that was because I thought her acting consisted of repeating a handful of predictable stock reactions; which started to become really annoying by the middle of the series.

At the time I thought it must be because she was a really young actress pushed into handling the pressure of a lead role. But unfortunately it seems to have set a fixed template for everything she's done since. And that's wearing thin on everyone but her most ardent fans.

But I don't think this is necessarily her fault. If they hire her I want to see them turn her loose as an artist, and let her create a character that's entirely new.

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Lol SBS, you are so predictable. For some reason I had a feeling they would try and cast these two.

The problem I have with this writer is that is that all the ~serious~ parts of IHYV didn't work for me (the law stuff was laughable). But her characters are lovely, and the lighter parts of IHYV were very watchable. The tonal shifts were just too jarring for me. If she keeps Pinocchio lighthearted like DH, I think I could enjoy this show alot.

Yes to PSH (she gets so much crap but she can act, she just chooses poor roles for herself), and I'm okay with LJS. He's decent enough, though I'm not sure how I feel about him being the go to actor for dramas nowadays. That's a cute picture of him though :'). I do think they would be really adorable together.

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Meh to both leads. Probably a skip for me.

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Honestly I have hoped for this pairing since last year. I don't know, I just think their pairing will work and their chemistry will be sizzling. They really look good together. Although PSH only managed to make me like her in FBND and her other drama chars are meh, but who knows, maybe LJS can bring the other side of her that makes us root for her.

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Sorry Jong Suk, I didn't care fr Doctor Stranger cos of Jin se Yeon, I certainly won't care for this cos of PSH

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Poor PSH ,LJS is prettier. Aigoo.

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at least her face is all natural

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"it’s about a hero who has the power to tell if people are lying or something." SERIOUSLY??? We all have watched " I hear your voice".....although it was an incredible drama, I don't think we need a REPEAT....smh.

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Heirs is actually the huge hit I'd never want my favourite to be in. I think it really did much more damage than good to PSH's career.

I still love her and would watch her if she's in a good drama. Too bad LJS is in my never-watch list. DS really tipped the boat for me and no matter how good a show he's in, I don't see myself ever giving him another chance. To be fair, I've seen almost everything he's in and never liked him whatsoever. So if anything, I hope PSH doesn't do it because this will be the second show in a row that I'd skip with her in it.

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Just out of curiosity--did you watch 'school 2013' I thought his character was very well written.

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Yea I did! I loved his character along with KWB's. The drama itself was good overall. I just never quite liked LJS himself, but if I had to pick, it would easily be his best role to date.

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I must agree that DS was an awful drama. Having said that despite of the drama's writing, LJS did a decent job. If a drama plot is off as if the writer were suffering from schizoid personality disorder,,, even a very talented actor would have a hard time to pull off his role. The drama was wasted on two male leads.

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I too initially thought he was decent in DS, actually. But as it went on, I felt the little patience I had for him slip away completely - both for the actor and character. No one could've saved that thing they passed off as script for DS. But it doesn't change the fact that I'd probably never pick a drama with him again, even if the reviews were good.

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Yeah, the entire cast of "Heirs" went down in my book. Eck. No, I didn't suffer through it, and yet, what I did watch left a bad, bad taste in my mouth. Park Shin-hye = Biggest Candy Ever until she proves otherwise. This pairing might work though.

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Heirs only made me like Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye less. It didn't taint Kim Woo Bin for me at all and did wonders for Kang Min Hyuk and Krystal Jung in my book.

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I didn't know who Kim woo-bin was till i watched heirs. Heirs made me love KWB and i started heirs for LMH(now i don't care much for him), after i dropped the show, i immediately went to find KWB's other works.
As for Park Shin-hye, there's just something about her that makes it hard for me to like her, and everything i've seen her in, i hated.

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Arrgghhhhhhh.

Please PSH stop messing with dramas I am interested to watch! How come the clever writers of IHYV couldn't ban her from coming on board? Maybe writers have no such power at the end of the day.

One more drama I'll have to watch with her since I'm eagerly awaiting the next one from this writer and I really like LJS. One more time to cringe at her lack of expression and teary eyes, again!

Please stick to weekend drama or movies PSH!

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you write everything in my mind....when people being honest.,that is how you describing about PSH..

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lmao please! Her name is too big for weekend drama
And let's face it no matter how much you dislike her she is one of the biggest actresses in her generation.
You will see her often

But yes she should do more movies, that is where she can challenge herself more

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Never said she wasn't popular. I, me, myself, obviously don't understand why, :) but popular she is.

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But you said you want her to do weekend dramas which is pretty much impossible at this point just because how popular she is. Do you see big popular actors do weekend dramas? Exactly!!!

I guess you missed my point

You might don't get it just like I don't get the hate she gets either, Yes she isn't the best actress but she is no where near terrible either. She is one of the best actresses in her generation. The problem is the roles she picks

She is loved because of many reasons. She is a child actress who growing up in the eyes of public. She has the image that Korea love and adore. She can act (whether you agree or not). She is lovable and down-to-earth ( to stay friends w most of her co-workers) . She is talented (besides acting she can sing, dance, cook, play music instrument, good at sports and driving). Just to name a few

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Jang Dong Gun, Hyun Bin, Ha Ji Won, and Kim Ha Nuel are bigger stars than PSH and they did weekend drama.

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Have you seen big and popular actors do weekend dramas, which was your request?
I guess you missed the point

You might don't see the reasons why she is popular but I don't see the reasons she should get the hate she is getting either.

And she is loved in Korea for many reason.
First she was a child actress who growing up in front of the public eyes.
She is a natural beauty.
She can act (whether you agree or not).
Her dramas and movies are successful internationally and nationally.
She is friendly and down to earth ( many actors remain her friends after filming).
She has great image with often praise online ( her personality, schoolwork, and charity stuffs and donations more than often).
She is talented. Besides acting, she can sing dance, play music instruments, cook, good at sport and driving... Basically besides kissing there is nothing she can do :P
Just to name a few

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I get it. You like her. I don't, even though I liked her very much in YAB. I do understand why so many people like her because maybe she has that nice girl image and Korea has a reputation of liking but this is indifferent to me.

As for the weekend dramas, I know she won't, it was obviously a joke. :)

Don't let the fact that so many people dislike her acting be confused with hating. I like her personality in variety I do believe she is probably a nice girl I just don't want her in the week dramas anymore. :)

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I like park shin hye I really do,but I don't know about them together. I feel like park se young should be the lead instead I really liked her with Lee jong suk in 'school 2013' but they had to cut out the romance :( O well.

On the good news front though at least the female lead is not lee bo young,I have never liked her and the reason why i never finished "i hear your voice'.

Here's hoping that PSH is given a fierce and bold character to work with and has lots of chemistry with LJS!!!

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I just finished watching Harvest Villa, a dark comedy that features Lee Bo Young. It was much better than IHYV or God's Gift.

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Please no PSH! She's just so bland. I don't get why people love her. Then again, these are the same people that made Heirs popular, when it was just BoF pt2.
Can we please have an awesome young actress who actually has chemistry with LJS?

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PSH reminds me of Kirsten Stewart..

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Haaaaaa.... T_T PSH.... I like her as a person (from what ive seen in variety shows), as a singer, and as a dancer but... acting... not so much....

Ive watched nearly all her dramas and its just the same expressions and same personality over and over again. Im kind of sick of her characters and expressions plus she doesnt give much umph to her characters. Since so many has said basically what i wanted to say, ive kept it to the basics.

However, i do want her to take on different roles so that she can prove me wrong and i hope the writer wont make the candy characters shes been taking on for the last decade or that she at least makes up a different expression. That being said, ive always been wary of watching dramas shes in because more or less, i find her repetitive and flat which really annoys me no matter how good her co-actors/ the whole cast and writing is.

All in all... ill tune in for the first few episodes to give her a chance but... it might be a high chance to skip for me.

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oh! and i forgot her god forsaken kiss scenes... -_- Her expression is as if shes about to be kissed by a snail everytime. YSY somehow managed to make it a little better but that was it...

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LOL. Snail. Except after Fated to Love You, I can't see that in exactly the same way.

Your post got me thinking about what really bugs me about those scenes. Finally the analogy that came to mind is what they say about abused children/adolescents. When the abuse initially starts they don't know how to respond to their attacker. But based on insecurity, guilt and self-doubt, the child/adolsecent tensely endures what's being done to them. The attacker initiates them by telling them to endure, then they entrench them by telling them to enjoy.

That's a horrible thing to imagine, but it's what her kiss scenes evoke. Adult to adult it seems 'wooden' and weird. But there's something about it that's always struck me as sending a deeper, creepier message too. It implies that if you don't like or want physical contact you should still silently endure it.

Even if PSH and her handlers want her kiss scenes to seem innocent, they should come up with a better way to do it.

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Thanks for your spot on analysis. Her kiss scenes are not only wooden (that would be forgivable) they are also on so many levels, disturbing. Thanks for pointing out why. It bothered me, but I never figured out why until I read your post. It does remind one of watching an abuse scene.

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That was exactly what i thought! She seemed as if she was always scared and forced to do it that she made me uncomfortable as a viewer. It totally gave off the feeling of her being attacked (originally i was gonna say that she was about to be sexually harassed but found it inappropriate so i changed it into a more family friendly situation, hence the snail) and it never ever felt romantic or moving to me, but like you said, a little creepy instead.
I think it's because she tightly shuts her lips and makes a worried and unwilling, maybe even a little disgusted, face. But that may just be my opinion...

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To be fair, I think Park Shin-hye did the best she could with what she was given in Heirs. She wasn't at her best, but that could also be because of the writing. The only drama by that writer that I've actively enjoyed was A Gentleman's Dignity. Anyway, I do like Park Shin-hye and think she is one of the best actresses of her generation. She's not THE BEST, but she's one of them. I think she'd be good in this.

Lee Jong-seok.....I'm iffy on him. His last drama, Doctor Stranger, I didn't watch at all. ICHYV I got a few episodes in, then stopped watching. I do like him, so I hope he takes this drama.

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I've tried to like Park Shin-hye I really tried, but she disappointed me hugely in FBND so I'm not keen to watch anything new by her. I haven't seen a drama with Lee Jong-seok so I can't speak on him, the premise does seem interesting and if they change the female lead I would likely watch it.

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Me too! I like her in YAB but she was so bad in FBND that was shocking for me. Heirs pretty much sealed the deal.

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Weird, for me FBND has been her best role (even when I love YAB) , she was so vulnerable and gloomy, perfect just till we go to the kissing part xc

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yeah, for me FBND was her best drama role till date. Just that first dead fish kiss is the only bit I didn't like (she did much better with the second kiss though, shame YSY is off in the Marines now!)

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You are crazy because Dokmi is one of her best roles and she shines in the drama lol
I love FBND

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idk for me, as someone who suffer from social anxiety and has difficulty leaving my own house I found her portrayal very flat and she seemed to move past her issues quite quickly? for me anyway.

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then it's the script 's fault. How is it her fault? Also she portrait the emotion well with her eyes and face expressions without actually talking much.
That's not something many actresses in her generation could do.

You can hate her and her role all you want, but the girl can act

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The extent of the messiness of Dr Stranger can be measured by the speed with which the leads (the ones who can actually act, anyway) are moving on to their next projects - Kang Sora, Park Hae-jin and now Lee Jong-seok are all doing/considering new dramas as lead before the year is even out, I imagine they all want a better piece of work to their names in 2014 than DS.

I like Park Shin-hye, but Heirs was the worst I've ever seen from her. Wouldn't mind if she took this on as I've been curious about how she and LJS would be as a pair, but I wouldn't be sad if the role went to another talented young actress (not an idol) who could actually benefit from the break. It's high time Lee Yubi did a drama again, just saying....wouldn't hurt to see Kim Ji-won again either, wasn't she in the PD's last project?

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Pls no park shin hye i just don‘t like her acting

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I miss Lee JongSeok. He has chemistry with everyone (men, women, noonas, hyungs) so maybe he can bring it out of of Park Shinhye who has chemistry with no one.

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Actually, I personally found zero chemistry between him and JSY or him and LBY or even him and PBY. Whereas PSH had lots of chemistry with KWB, JGS, YSY, LSG and YSH to name a few.

So I'd actually say maybe she can bring something out of LJS. Other than the kiss obviously. But chemistry isn't defined only by kisses even if some make it seem like thats the be-all-end-all of every romantic drama.

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Really? And she has some of the post biggest shipping fandoms to date.
It's might not the fact that she has chemistry with no one. Because the girl does, just not that kind of hot passionate one.
It's just your opinion

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I used to say Heirs was the worst kdrama I'd ever seen and made no sense.

But after Dr Stranger, it suddenly started looking a LOT better in comparison.

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I take it you didn't watch Dr.Jin? XD

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No!! You made me remember the creepy freaky tiny human being! Lol!

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Eh, I like Park Shin-Hye well enough, but I wish she'd do something different. Also, she's cute and all, but I haven't really felt her chemistry with any of her co-stars aside from maybe You're Beautiful.

But... LEE JONG-SEOK. That's like an automatic yes from me, for any role ever, since I found out what a mess Doctor Stranger was before I had the chance to see him in it. D;

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It's surprising to see so many people actively disliking Park Shin-hye. She's never been my favorite, but I have a soft spot for her ever since You're Beautiful. And I actually thought her portrayal of her FBND character was spot on and wonderful. I stopped watching Heirs very early on, but it did, admittedly, make me think less of her. But to actually not watch a drama because she's in it? No way. Because in all of her well-written dramas she's been pretty good and given me heroines to root for. I also remember her being spunky and cool in Dating Agency Cyrano, so I guess I'm still holding out for her to get a role more like that in a drama.

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I agree with you. I was able to relate with her character in FBND. She did it so wonderfully. Talking about Heirs, it was a huge mess but it at least made her more popular in China (I just read that she has somewhat 6 mil followers on Weribo, which I guess is a big deal). She is still young and has a chance to improve herself. I remember everyone criticizing Goo Hye Sun before AE, but she was actually good!
I'm pretty sure that most of the people saying that they are going to skip the drama are going to try the first episode at least. Had she not been this popular, people would not have reacted this way.

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Im a fan of PSH and she was good in Heirs and I guess you cant please everyone. But please give her a chance rather than criticising her acting. I find her acting very natural and she's great in pulling off all her emotional scenes. But I do agree that her kissing scenes arent naturally done but i do see that in a lot of korean Actresses too. Most just stand there and dont even touch the male actor. But you got to ask why the filming directors and crew let such lifeless acting pass for their films. They spend so much time, effort and money in filming yet they never considered perfecting such (and most of the time important) scenes. I dont get it?? So cut the slack off these actresses I think the film crew should do something about it for change to occur in K dramas or movies.

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For some reason I like PSH too and yes she kisses like a dead fish just like most K actresses. The only good kisses I have seen is Yoon Eun-hye. Maybe she should coach hahaha

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PSH needs to evolve as an actress. She can't play Candy characters forever. And for Pete's sake, if there is such a thing as a Kissing Coach then please hire one. lol Maybe get a TvN drama with Seo In Guk. hehe

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No! She needs to stay away from my faves! I can't handle a drama with Seo In Guk, esp if this one goes ahead.

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And she had a drama with Yoon Si Yoon and still failed. She's a lost cause.

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AGREED!!!

Although from a practical stand point, that's just too much cute/aygeo for one show. LOVE Lee Jong Suk (even after Doctor Stranger cause that was the writer's fault). Meh, about Park Shin Hye. She has been type cast as the cute damsel in distress for so long (and then she stopped trying to act and just rode the fame) that she would kill any drama for me, but I think paired with the right male lead and not cast as a damsel, she could do a little better. But I just don't like this couple. You can't have "cute" on both sides of the relationship. Keep LJS, get someone to replace PSH.

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No more Park Shin Hye, for the love of God...anyone but her.

Heirs was such a horrendous, expensive car accident I'm still trying to forget, and only reaffirmed the fact that she keeps playing the same one-note character.

I'd happily cast any of the lovely ladies below:
Park Hee Von (The Master's Sun, Fated To Love You)
Nam Bo Ra (Shark, The Moon Embracing The Sun)
Kyung Soo Jin (That Winter The Wind Blows)
Kim Ga Eun (Inspiring Generation, I Hear Your Voice)

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only that they aren't big enough for the roles.
This is SBS's year end drama we are talking about.
Some people really just has wishful thinking without any logic.
Whatever keep hating.
She can definitely act and won't go anywhere anytime soon

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I hope that the writers/directors saw the editorials or whatever that LJS and PSH did together and that's what made them interested in offering them the roles... which gives me hope Shin Hye's role wont end up being candy-candy and is instead some sort of strong smoldering woman. Since its a union again from the same writer and director that did I hear your voice it makes me hopeful! The lead woman in that story was interesting and I enjoyed her quite a bit.

Please... please... I know Shin Hye can act, and can even kiss (GOONG S or Etude House CF with JGS) I dunno whats happened with her kisses tho' I feel like she's been scarred (esp after that closed fist lip lock at the end of heirs, I wonder if there might actually be a reason why her kisses are so stiff) If they take the roles, I just pray the heroine is written well. Heirs was... ugh.

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Yah you guys......if PSH turns this down then you forgot there is an even worse actress that SBS likes and cast with LJS before. PSH can at least make four expressions and cry convincingly, but this one cant even do that.

seriously, do any of you (apart from her fans who like to make attacks on ppl who criticize her lack of skill) think Jin Se Yun is a lead you want to see?

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I actually enjoy her acting. Of course she is still young and has her way to go, but every actor does that. Doctor Stranger didn't really give her the opportunity? And unlike others I actually think she did have other facial expression and really wondered if I saw a different drama than you, who think she only has one expression). I especially liked her in the Beginning of Doctor Stranger, where they were still teenagers.

Han Seung Hee didn't really give it away to have that much of changing expressions because her character wasn't really that explored. She was a lead but didn't appear very much? That had a lot to do with the Writing here. If she had the chance she could do it. I loved the Moment she stood before Hoons Computer and saw the video of hers and we see her eyes with tears, totally into that video, speaking Hoon's name.
She could cry, she could look really tough and angry and she has a wonderful smile. For me that was enough in the drama. Han Seung Hee didn't seem to be easy to play.

And no, I'm not bashing anyone, but her anti fans constantly go on about how she has one expression when she clearly has more. Do you know what even ONE expression is, yes ONE, SINGLE. I never watched anything from her before, but if she has the chance of a great drama, overall with Lee Jong Seok again, I would watch it. Please writers, give her character more depth and place then!

I am a fan of her now, and I would like to see her in another drama. Or with Kim Ji Won, I loved High Kick 3 with Lee Jong Seok and her :)

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not PSH pls...

but what the heck as if our whining will reach LJS or SBS...

I'll try the 1st episode simply because of the IHYV writer...

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After being had by LJS previous work..I don't think I'm going to watch his project anymore..because, it seems like either this guy have narcissistic personality disorder, prophet's complex, or the writer is actually the president of his fanclub, and doing their daily basis fangirling/fanboying job.

His drama always about him being the special ones, and it's actually quite irritating. At least in I Hear Your Voice, the second male lead and the main heroine compensates that. Still in that drama, he's not just being like super cool, genius, but he have special power too! It's like the second male lead doesn't stand the chance to win the girl..and this is why I prefer American shows like House because the genius not a super perfect genius, but a drug addict and have lots of flaws and he lost his girl because of that.

So far, Lee Jun Ki, So Ji Sub, Lee Kwang Soo(It's Okay,It's Love), and Park Si Hoo for his potrayal in Cheomdong Alice are my favorite korean actors because their characters are not like super perfect guy. Their roles felt real.

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I always find it strange as to how people give so much hate to casting of mediocre actors or actress (mediocre in their opinions). I mean how do you hate like that? It's so foreign to me. I see it more on other websites though. It's just a drama, it's just a casting, it's not going to do much to you especially if you don't care, so why get worked up about it? And also even if you think that an actor doesn't act well, I always feel there should be some tact when you say so instead of the usual she/he sucks etc etc. Would you really be able to say it to their faces?

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Wowwww! I'm so exited!

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for an actress so young, PSH is so full of bad habits...
I'm not sure what to think about this project yet. but I like the plot so I'm looking f/w to more news.

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Bad habits? the hell you are talking about
She just suck at picking projects or you could also consider her playing safe?
LOL

At least she can act and is good when is given good roles

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Wow LJS plus IHYV team let's hope this one take out the pain watching Doctor Stranger left inside me.

He's so good! for Park Shin Hye, well I'm not too excited about her seriously her character on Heirs was so annoying I arely ended watching that drama. She's basically just cried and that was it.

Anyways I hope as you said thy create an exciting character for her, I'm tired of watching her crying and acting weird on romantic scenes.

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Please let this happen. They look so great together especially during their modeling gig together!

And I would like for lee jong suk to wash off the Jin se yeon stenchy memory.

But really I just want lee jong suk in another drama because we don't know when he'll decide to leave to the army.

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PSH' earlier dramas are better... but I say her movies are a lot better than her dramas... she somehow acts better in them rather than dramas... as much as I love PSH I think her fans (as well as I) need to tone down their hype for her as she needs to know that there could be a lot of room for improvement. I didn't really get to Doctor Stranger but hearing how bad it is I am glad I dodge it!! excited for This one regardless if PSH is bad at kissing I just hope it's darker and that her character is stronger

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Oh God! plz No Park Shin Hye! As much as I love Lee Jong-seok and Also Kim Woo Bin; I really detested Park Shin Hye.she has no skills. she is actually silly and weak in acting. She is a cliche. Hopefully, an experienced qualified actress is chosen, Like Lee Bo-young to help him glowing!!

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