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Ji Sung the latest leading man in contention for Kill Me, Heal Me

Maybe the third time’s the charm? Let’s see if Kill Me, Heal Me can manage to hold onto its leading man this time around. Ji Sung (Secret) is the newest actor in talks to headline MBC’s new Wednesday-Thursday drama, as the hero with dissociative identity disorder and a whopping seven personalities to play. He actually seems a better fit for the role honestly (you guys know I love Seung-gi, but seven’s a LOT of characters). Granted, the show still sounds completely nuts, but hey — what January drama doesn’t have a wacky premise and a character who frequents the psych ward?

It’s the usual dance — Ji Sung is considering the role, and nothing’s been decided. The production seems to have felt the pressure to announce the casting news though, since the news that Lee Seung-gi and Im Ji-yeon walked away put the show under scrutiny, especially after losing Hyun Bin at the start.

The announcement also came out with the misinformed casting news that Seo Ye-ji (Records of a Night Watchman) was in contention to play the heroine. I came to a screeching halt at that (she’s supporting-level at best), but the production rushed to counter and say that she’s never been on the roster for leading actresses that they’re considering. It seems to be a mix-up due to the confusion over her possible casting as the second lead in Jekyll and Me, which just makes me laugh — is everyone else as confused as I am about which drama is which? In any case, this show seems to have a special knack for getting into awkward situations involving actors and the press.

Kill Me, Heal Me is a rom-com about a man with seven split personalities and the first-year resident physician with bipolar disorder who becomes his secret family doctor. Park Seo-joon (Witch’s Romance) is up to play the second lead, and the show plans to confirm its leading cast by the end of this week.

It certainly needs to, since it’s due to follow Mr. Back in January.

Via Osen

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Hey he has a new baby to think about...

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Exactly! He needs to make a lot of money since baby costs a lot! Diapers, formula, clothes, toys, .. and *gasp*.. college tuition!

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True, but IIRC, other actors who've had expecting wives never had to slow down their careers.. Look at Uhm Tae Woong, taking so many roles in the past 2 years or so when his wife was expecting too.

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Oh I meant, he should take the role to make money.

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I guess he is better choice. Not gonna say Lee Seunggi is not good enough. But seeing how complicated the character, it should be played but someone who's really familiar in acting's field. He's one of the great actor and I'm sure he could compete with Hyun Bin's drama if they both have same time slot.

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They should get Park Ji Sung instead...

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And if you do, you could say they've...

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Scored a goal!

AWWWWWWW YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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Clearly this drama just needs to be scrapped. It will be an absolute train wreck no matter what poor actor they sucker into playing the lead. Beware all ye who enter; there be SUCK here!

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OMG! lololol

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Looks like you were wrong cus this show is now #1 in its slot time and I'd the best drama ever! I'm actually glad ji sung was casted into this role rather than the previous originals actors! Episodes hwaiting!

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Well if he accepts they can go older with the actress. Maybe Kim So Yeon?

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I wonder how they're skewing with the female lead. The Seo Ye-ji rumour may be the result of a casting mixup but I wouldn't hate it if a younger actress (one who can act!) finally got a break.

Especially some of the girls who've been in second lead/supporting territory for a while now, or haven't done a public broadcast drama as lead.

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Jo Bo AH comes to mind...the girl can certainly act...perfect comedy timing...she nailed her role in Surplus Princess....which remind me I need to get my votes down for Beannies awards!

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Hmmm I've never really watched a drama with Ji Sung in it so here's to hoping he can pull it off. I'm still here for PSJ though. The only reason I will watch this now tbh.

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She's about the only actress I don't want to see in the part -- I had to give up on Two Weeks because I just couldn't deal with her performance there. Not a fan of Romance 3 either -- tried both The Great Seer and Prosecutor Princess because I liked the male leads and gave up both because of her. I think she's probably fine as an actress but sometimes you just have a visceral response to voice or manner or look and it's hard to enjoy the drama then. And then there's other actresses that you know aren't as skilled but there's something likable about them and I cut them all kinds of slack ...

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Me too, she is not in my good book, PP remains my most hated drama ever.

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I bet those "seven personalities" are the type where five of them will get about five seconds of screen time each in early eps and then the rest of the time maybe two personalities will duke it out.

Still, the premise sounds seriously wtf, like Blade Man levels of wtf (and didn't Ji Sung walk away from that too? Why does KBS offer him one trainwreck after another?)

As for Seo Ye-ji......I liked her in Potato Star and she was decent in what little I saw of her in Night Watchman. She would be a lot less of a 'wtf' casting than some other people LBS has been offering leads to lately.

(seriously, networks. If you're going to finally give the non-idol actresses of Korea some breaks after years of casting crappy idols in all the young female lead roles, is it too much to ask that you start by offering lead roles to people who can, you know, emote?)

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Ugh, Yoon So Hee would be perfection!

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I'm starting to wonder if SM C&C (Yoon So-hee's agency) even believes in trying for actual lead roles for its actresses, because all the leading roles going in the direction of that agency, seem to have gone to idols/people under the main SM.

Why hang on to talent like Jung So-min and Yoon So-hee only to cast them in supporting parts, when JSM even has leading lady experience?

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I guess Hallyu star power trumps all... but Yoon So Hee has been working consistently all year so I gotta believe that SM has something up its sleeve for her. She's got a versatile look and is a very natural actress... she just needs more public exposure.

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Ji Sung would be great in this role, but I wish he wouldn't take it, since that would mean I have to check out the drama...

If he does accept, I hope he gets a good leading lady and that it isn't as much of a trainwreck as it sounds.

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Yup ... Definitely a better choice.

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I concur...He will give Hyun Bin a run for his money...and his last drama SECRET was a success....

I'm not a crazy fan of his...but I have zero complaint about his casting...

Now KBS, please get him a worthy leading lady!

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What about Yang Jin-sung?
She's pretty, talented and I think that white coat would really suit her..I loved her in Bride of the Century and also..wasn't she the gf of Ji Sung's character in Secret? They actually looked pretty good together..so maybe what didn't happen in Secret might happen in here...let them be one Dramagods!!!

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" is everyone else as confused as I am about which drama is which?" I thought it's only me who's confused by the "kill/kyll" and "me", ha. Hm, I like Ji Sung so we'll see. Thanks GF :)

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NO! Don't do it! It's a trap!!!

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LOL

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No guys, this drama makes perfect sense. It's a drama meta-referencing the banes of dramas with personification. The hero represents a drama which can't decide if it wants to be a romance. comedy, medical drama, murder mystery, melo, social commentary, or a makjang. So it will be them all. Can't decide whether heroines should be spunky or sweet? Make the female lead bipolar! Want the scandal of a secret love affair, but not the complications of adultery? Doctor-patient relationship! Want a little mystery without having to build suspense? Make the second lead a mystery-novelist. You go writer-nim; such clever satire.

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Brilliant. *slow clap*. Tagline: "Choosing is for the losers."

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*joins in the slow clap*

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Hahaha! That's amazing! *clapping too*

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Bravo!!!! Your analysis is so apt!

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+1

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LOL

If Jisung declines and Lee Dongwook takes it again........

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hahaha Noo ..please! Not LDW fan, but please let him take a long rest :(
Let JS says yes and case closed. January is really near for MBC :(

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Lee Dong Wook and Jin Sae Yeon

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omg no.......

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So the production team finally gave up trying to find a top hallyu star and now just decided to cast a slightly less popular star and an older one to boot, for a character in his 20s?

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"(you guys know I love Seung-gi, but seven’s a LOT of characters)" I feel you

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Im so out of topic and im sorry but Girlfriday, can I request a recap of "three meals a day" for ep9 and ep10(im not sure) because seunggi will be their last guest ^^'

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girlfryday unirrrr i'm here to request a christmas present from both of you. totaly off topic , but since we won't be getting 7 puppies or any puppy can you both recap the last two episode's of 3 meals a
day??

pretyy plss. i know you guys will be busy with year end review and stuff but pls since you guys did two episodes can you guys do the last two aswell?

thanku.

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Pleeeeeeaaaaseee, I'm joining the beg circle *doing dangerous puppy eyes -you know which puppy I'm talking about*

It'd be amazing especially if the second guest turn to be Moon Chae Won, I want to see Seung Gi and Seo Jinnie fight for her, who'll win her in the show? She chose Seo Jinnie in the movie (before he breaks her heart)

Seung Gi vs Taecyeon, who will win the most helpless title?

On a side note, I'm suporting this drama cuz I really like the plot (I'm the only crazy person thinking it'll be good?)

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I never watch the show tbh, but I will watch the last 2 ep where seunggi will appear as a guest. Because I miss heodang seunggi so much! And we all know his cooking skills improved a lot! As what u can see at his last fanmeet last july, he even cooked for fans *envy* . He even attended a cooking class before haha cute. Im looking forward to see his 'helpless' side after such a long time after Noona over flowers ended last January.

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Ops sawwwryy talking about something tht not even related here. Anyway good luck for ji sung if he really take this role. I hope this drama is not a flop after all this mess and with the extraordinary plot.

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Please Unniii~, pretty pleeeeeease? *ω*

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Interesting they went much older. He would be good in the role for sure. Buuut I like him so I want him to pass since I don't think the trainwreck aspect has changed. And the production company seems really messy, more so than usual.

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If Kim Myung-min wasn't already working on a film I'd say he'd be a great fit for this role.

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he's a method actor right? that seems a bit dangerous lol

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HA!

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I like Ji Sung, but I just did the Beanie Poll, and I think SHIN SUNG ROK would be awesome choice to lead this crazy drama...hehe...he is currently battling himself to the best villain role, but I would like him to be more, he is AWESOME! and I definitely don't want to see SSR type cast :-/

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ia actually he SSR would be great and not seeing him every week now liar game has finished is too sad. He was great in trot lovers as the second lead so he could def do this.

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I would say you should watch King's Face then, but....yeah

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I thought the only person who'd really be able to pull this off easily was Cha Seung-won. I'm glad he was never considered because he's too good for something that sounds this bad.

Ji Sung is... okay. I've never been impressed with his acting enough to believe he has the ability to play seven different personalities. He definitely has the experience though, and if they cast Eugene - pretty please?? - I'm in! Or Lee Bo-young but I know that's not happening...

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Eugene is pregnant and his wife is also pregnant. They simply can't in this case.

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Oh she is?? I definitely knew LBY was, but I had no idea about Eugene. Darn, I wanted a reunion!

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MBC best at finding big names to headline the show that no one want, e.g. Shin Ha-kyun and Ji Sung. That's power.

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The power of money...

Actually SHK in Mr.Back is good fit. If they can get Ji Sung for this one, maybe somehow he'll make the 7 personalities work.

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Honestly I think both of them are a little too old for their roles. I still have a hard time believing that SHK is 34 (but he's fantastic, I'm not saying he's not). I think someone in his 30s would be a better choice, that is, if he can act as well as SHK. And Ji Sung in a role for someone in his 20s? Hmm...

What I'm thinking is that obviously the age wasn't a concern for KMHM but the production company wanted to backtrack after stars in their 30s (namely a specific star) rejected the role. And now after a high profile pursuit for LSG failed terribly, they have to find someone free + somewhat marketable in China + with the acting chops to pull off an insane character. And JS comes into the picture. He is a good actor but the 7 personalities is such a put-off so even if it works I don't think I'll be looking forward to it.

But kudos to MBC for finding someone like him so late. He's fresh off a couple of solid hits plus there's noise for publicity considering that LBY is pregnant now (though I'll imagine he'd want to spend more time with her).

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Now, he's definitely the better choice. I hope Ji Sung will accept this offer. Can't wait for the showdown between Hyun Bin and him!!! Two great talents competing in acting and looks!

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KMHL has a slight advantage over Jekyll...... It has 3 or 4 weeks headstart over Jekyll... And its predecessor in this timeslot,Mr.Back, has a solid rating,always staying in double-digit range...

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I can definitely see Ji Sung does well in this role, playing 7 characters.

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Well at least I know he can act the parts.

But didn't they say one of them is an animal?

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Well if Ji Sung is in this with PSJ I might need to see this regardless of how cracky it sounds.

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I love him!!!

But this drama sure has a lot of problems already.

If he takes this role, I going to watch it no matter what.

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If Ji sung takes the role, can Choi Kang Hee be the female lead? I loved them together in Protect the Boss

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Ji Sung is honestly a better choice for this leading man.

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Totally agree!
If someone can do this, JS can! He has such a unique way of phrasing - when he talks and sings. He'll be able to express different personalities easily.

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And I'm more excited than ever that Hwang Jung Eum is joining him.

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I would love this, but I'm not going to believe anything until it's confirmed, for sure this time!

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO now I have to watch it, DAMN YOU JI SUNG. But I guess it means I'll get to see him in a new drama...it might not be so bad.

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Jisung!!! well now I can possibly really look forward for this drama. For sure a bretter choice then seungi (love you seungiah). The premise of this drama actually intrest me. This seems to be a crazy mix but definitly believe that jisung could pull it off. But I have a feeling that if jisuns says no for this role we're going to get stuck with LDW, and I wish not. ( love you dongwookah, you work hard this year). Only thing missing if Jisung say yes is an awesome, SKILLED leading lady.*crossing fingers*

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Ohhh! Now Ji Sung is considering it, I might watch this drama afterall. With the character map, he fits better than LSG, I mean honestly! Interesting!

Also, congratulations Ji Sung and Lee Bo-young!
I love this couple! ♥

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I thot the the prodn had said that the nature of the character is such tt it needed someone in his 20s. Have the script been revised to accommodate an older cast? If not, just suspect there may be some potential inconsistencies in the storyline. Suppose ID age is not critical nowadays: if actors in their late 20s have passed off acting as high school students then why should it be a problem for actors in their 30s acting out as college kids.

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friggin 7 different personalities?! that's gonna be hecka hard to pull off...good luck to whomever gets the role

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Jisung and Hwang Jung Eum are confirmed to be the leads.

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I know. Super excited for it.

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and the judgement begins...

now on it's 4th episode, JI SUNG OWNS IT! he really nailed it lol! the mulitple personalities:)

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Lee Bo Young's husband is getting sexier and hot hot hot every episode with his multiple Ji sung's acting here!

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I'm in love with this drama. JI SUNG is so amazing!

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I am so darn happy that Ji Sung took the role. I'm a Hyun Bin fan but honestly, I don't think he could've given justice to this role the way Ji Sung did (and is still doing). The characters being played are too complicated and deserve only a well-seasoned actor in the person of Ji Sung. He is outstanding in this drama, truly commendable. So thank you to every other actor who turned this role down.

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