Rain considers marital melo, Su Ae declines
While You Were Sleeping was to feature the film pairing of Rain (She’s So Lovable) and Su Ae (Thousand Day Promise) playing spouses, but now it looks like we’ll only getting half of that couple (at best): Su Ae has decided against the project, while Rain is still considering.
An early report apparently jumped the gun, announcing that the two actors had decided to take the movie, which was followed by a round of replies by the stars’ representatives correcting the claim. One of these days, you think we’ll get stories that are fact-checked before publication, instead of being part of the aftermath? A girl can dream.
The description for While You Were Sleeping is still rather vague, calling itself a melodrama telling the story of a husband wholly devoted to his wife. If it’s a melodrama I’m expecting a reason for tears, and with that title I wonder if we’re in illness/coma territory. The basic premise feels a bit like Su Ae’s Alzheimer’s melo Thousand Day Promise; perhaps she didn’t want to pull a repeat? This last project this director, Lee Jung-chul, worked on was the heartwarming Song-Joong-ki-with-puppies movie Hearty Paws 2 in 2010, so perhaps it won’t be all sadness and tears. Director Lee also previously worked with Su Ae in 2004’s Family, which may have driven assumption that she’d take this film.
It would’ve been an interesting pairing, though I’d say I would’ve watched way more for Su Ae than Rain, so having her leave the project dims my interest somewhat. I still like Rain and think he’s capable of good acting, but man, his project choices lately… She’s So Lovable may have been the worst drama I’ve seen in recent memory, though it wasn’t offensively bad — just completely limp, like no effort was put into it. And his movies haven’t really worked either, either overseas or in Korea. But I can see the appeal in seeing him take on a story that’s simple and full of emotion, rather than one that’s flashy and loaded with tricks, and maybe playing a devoted husband in a melo would be the prime chance for him to get back to pure acting.
While You Were Sleeping is aiming to begin filming in the second half of the year.
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