Lee Jong-seok makes Weightlifting Fairy cameo appearance
Aw, it’s Lee Jong-seok (W—Two Worlds), making a cameo appearance on Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju, and he looks as bright and fresh-faced as ever. That suits the air of the drama, which is going for an uplifting coming-of-age story of love and growth among our young characters, in particular our heroine Kim Bok-ju, played by Lee Sung-kyung (Doctors), a twenty-year-old aspiring weightlifter.
I was searching my brain for Lee Jong-seok’s connection to this drama, since it wasn’t immediately obvious through the writer, Yang Hee-seung (Oh My Ghostess, High School King of Savvy), or the director, PD Oh Hyun-jong (A Daughter Just Like You, A New Leaf, Medical Top Team). It turns out that Lee Jong-seok is reportedly good friends with lead actress Lee Sung-kyung, and his last drama, W, was produced by the same production company, Chorokbaem Media, that is doing Weightlifting Fairy. The two dramas are also both MBC Wednesday-Thursday series, airing just a couple months apart (with Shopping King Louis sandwiched in between). Mystery solved.
Lee Jong-seok’s cameo was filmed in mid-October in Seoul’s Nowon District, at the set of a fried chicken shop that’ll be run by the heroine’s father (Ahn Gil-kang)—and I’m pretty sure it’s not a coincidence that Dad’s name, Chang-kul, is just one drunken tongue-twist away from Kang Chul. Heh. Lee will play a customer at the shop who ends up chatting with Bok-ju and her uncle, who both work there.
Uncle offers up another connection to Lee Jong-seok: He’s played by comic actor Kang Ki-young, who had a small role in W as Han Hyo-joo’s doctor colleague, although not many of his scenes were with the hero. (Kang is also a regular in the writer’s past dramas, with scene-stealing bits in both Ghostess and Savvy.) I just hope the cameo isn’t one of those blink-and-you-miss-him kinds, which always feels like a waste to me, even though I know that’s the nature of the cameo. (I can’t help it! I always want moooore.)
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju—which also stars Nam Joo-kyuk, Kyung Su-jin, and Lee Jae-yoon—will take over Shopping King Louis’s timeslot when it ends later this month, and premieres on November 16.
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