Thursday, August 19, 2010
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From left, actors Jeon Tae-soo, Yu A-in, Park Min-young, Micky Yoochun, Seo Hyo-rim and Song Joong-ki wave during a photocall of a press conference for upcoming KBS TV series “SungKyunKwan Scandal” held at the W hotel in Seoul, South Korea on August 17, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
On August 10, statistics by AGB Nielsen Media Research revealed that SBS TV series “Giant” scored a viewership rating of 22.9 percent, beating MBC’s historical drama by 1.6 percent. But “Dong Yi” brushed past “Giant” the following week by a difference of 0.3 percentage points, indicating that upcoming KBS show “SungKyunKwan Scandal” is up for tough competition when it premieres on August 30. What are the elements that will be attractive for viewers?
Micky Yoochun from a scene in “SungKyunKwan Scandal” [KBS]
Point of Attraction 1. Micky Yoochun
The reason “SungKyunKwan Scandal” has garnered attention since its casting stages is because of Micky Yoochun’s popularity — the idol group singer will play the role of main character Lee Seon-joon from the original novel by Jung Eun-gwol. The novel, a bestseller which has sold over 500,000 copies since being published in 2007, is about the romance between four men and women set at Confucian academy SungKyunKwan during the Chosun Dynasty. Micky will play Lee the perfectionist, Song Joong-ki the sly Goo Yong-ha, Yu A-in the tough guy Moon Jae-shin and Park Min-young the woman in man disguise Kim Yoon-hee who takes a state exam in place of her sick younger brother. Thanks to the hot popularity of the original novel, numerous simulations regarding the casting had floated on the Internet and the show received increased hype when Micky Yoochun, who has almost no acting experience, was chosen to play one of the main characters. The fact that the singer has been enjoying great popularity throughout Asia from his career as a member of TVXQ may have had a considerable amount of influence on his casting since it will help the show sell overseas but director Kim Won-suk quelled possible concerns by saying, “He has a good voice and attractive features as an actor, as well as a good attitude when it comes to acting.”
Point of Attraction 2. Synchronization Rate of Cast
Ultimately, casting is probably key to the success of “SungKyunKwan Scandal.” Bringing the characters to life — the original novel has proven they are attractive — will act as a safety bar for the show’s viewership ratings which go up and down as if on a roller coaster ride. In that sense, the combination of the four main actors is quite appealing. Song Joong-ki, who has been acknowledged by both netizens and fellow actors as being the closest in person to his character from the original novel, perfectly reenacted his role as Goo Yong-ha by joking at the show’s press conference that he “woke up even after staying up all night upon hearing Miss Koreas were going to be here,” and revealing wicked and sly smiles in a preview clip for the drama. Park Min-young, who said she wrapped 20 rounds of bandages around herself to hide her female figure, originally has a mid-to-low toned voice and wears almost no make-up for the series, also showed the possibility of pulling off her role as a woman in man disguise easily by showing that she is close to a being bright boy rather than a beautiful lady
Point of Attraction 3. A cheerful historical drama with young people
Like “Dong Yi – Jewel in the Crown” which is set in the mid-Chosun Dynasty and “Giant” in the 70s to 80s, “SungKyunKwan Scandal” too takes place at a specific time and place — the Confucian academy SungKyunKwang during the Chosun Dynasty — but it definitely differentiates itself in terms of concept being a historical drama about young characters. “We incorporated the romantic elements, such as the romance between four men and women and a slightly sexual love story, into the drama exactly the way it is in the original novel,” director Kim Won-suk said. His words prove that the show is mainly targeted at females in the teens to thirties range and viewers who do not like the typical and serious historical dramas. How much of a change will “SungKyunKwan Scandal” bring to the competition on Monday and Tuesday nights.
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This is an announcement from Yoochun made yesterday at SungKyunKwan Scandal press conference.
Micky Yoochun said about SungKyunKwan Scandal OST: “The OST recording is in progress. TVXQ members, and other artists will diversely work.”
At the end, to the fans who waited for so long, he said: “In the future, you maybe have more days to wait” and then “I hope you don’t think of the fact of waiting and want you to enjoy the current wait. Everyone, Thanks for cheering, let be strong.”
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Jaejoong really liked my present!
I gave him tank tops.
I will redesign clothes for Six☆star to fit Jaejoong’s sizes.
Originally I made my brand for myself
so I feel sorry for you guys…
but I will resize six☆star’s clothes.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Q: Do you think there have been any changes made to your character in the drama compared to the original novel?
Park Min-young: While my character was more of a lady of refined manner in the novel, she will be more of a playful and mischievous person in the drama. She has become someone who is more cheerful and lively although I don’t know whether it’s because I’m playing the role or because it’s a historical drama with young characters. My character changes more toward the latter half of the show so I think her cute and loveable personality from the first half will have a dramatic effect on it.
Yu A-in: In the novel, my character Jae-shin is so manly and comic-like that I thought, ‘Nobody like this exists in the whole world.’ So I’m keeping the elements that may help add to the fun of the show but trying to leave out the cheesiness. From a realistic standpoint, I guess you could say that he now isn’t annoying?
Park: Jae-shin in episode 8 is cuter and funnier than any guy you’ve ever seen. Like Yu just said, you’ll get to see a lighter version of Jae-shin.
Yu: I’m worried whether I’ve done a good job of taking out the cheesiness but I’m also very worried whether I’m betraying my character from the original work that viewers may be looking forward to seeing.
Q: You had said at a previous press conference that you’re working very hard to become your character Lee Seon-joon. What about now?
Micky Yoochun: The aspect in which I related to Lee Seon-joon the most was in how he feels a pressure that is invisible. I think the reason he becomes so strict about principles is because of how he always tries to read his dad’s mind, and I actually felt a lot of a similar sort of pressure from my work. It’s not something I feel as a star, not that I am even one.
Song Joong-ki: Yuchun, you are a star!
Micky: Anyway, it felt like I was starting to forget who I was although I hadn’t meant to, so I think I was able to related to him a lot in that sense.
Q: How would you rate your own acting based on what’s been filmed so far?
Micky: I’m gonna have to start building up on the points. I don’t think I’m in the position to rate myself.
Song: I realized that Micky is really a hard worker. I actually was had somewhat of a prejudice about idol singer-turned-actors but I was very moved by how hard Micky works. I once gave him advice on his acting which could hurt his pride as an actor but he listened to me with modesty. I hadn’t expected that so I was surprised.
Q: Then how do you feel Song, you who have been considered to sync the best with your character Goo Yong-ha who likes to make jokes and is interested in indulging in sexual relationships?
Park: Earlier on when the ‘hanbok’ fashion show with Miss Koreas was on, Song looked at the que sheet and said, “The Miss Koreas go out in the first part and then the actors. I guess I’ll just sneak out when the Miss Koreas go out.” There’s a reason the sync rate is so high. (laughs)
Song: (Sighs) It’s true that I said that. My mind woke up even after I had stayed up all night shooting yesterday when I heard Miss Koreas were going to be here. But this is all just part of my concept — I’m not actually like this. Um, and I’m a man too so I guess there is a side to me that’s somewhat like that. Ah, Park! You! (laughs)
Q: Then who do you think is prettier between your fellow actors Seo Hyo-rim and Park Min-young versus the Miss Koreas?
Song: Ha… That’s a really hard question. I think Hyo-rim and Min-young are prettier. It’s actually because it hurts my pride to see that the Miss Koreas are taller than me. (laugh)
Q: There are four main characters in “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” but it’s true that the attention is turned to Micky. Don’t you feel disappointed about that as a fellow actor?
Park: Our show is receiving a lot of attention because of him so I feel that we’ve all been blessed. And Micky’s fans send tributes to the set three times a week.
Yu: That’s right. (laughs)
Park: There isn’t much to eat on set because it’s in the Mungyeongsaejae Provincial Park but they sent lunchboxes from a family restaurant to every crew member. There was so much to each. It feels like we’re working with a newcomer actor who is extremely popular.
Yu: A popular newcomer? That’s kind of ironical. (laughs)
Q: But don’t you also feel pressured by such fans? Park Min-young, you in particular must be envied by them because you get involved with Micky in the drama.
Park: A fan once pinched my back on set. (laughs) It stung but I felt that she would do it again if I showed that it hurt, so I just walked by quietly. And then I rubbed it when nobody was looking. (laughs) But I think it’s so cute how she would do that to the actress her idol singer is acting with. I’ve also received notes online saying how much they envy me. But I’ve already been through that with Big Bang so it’s okay. (laughs)
Q: I heard that Xiah Junsu visited the set too with 100 fried chickens. Was it good?
Micky: It was really good, all cold. (laugh) But I was really touched. He spent his own money for it… And he’s not the type to.
Q: You must sometimes miss being a singer when you see your fans who visit the set?
Micky: I recently held a concert in Japan and the memory from it is still there because I was standing on stage with a mic for the first time in a while. I’m holding a mic right now too but holding it as a singer is very different so I miss it a lot.
Song: What are you talking about? You held a mic at a karaoke room a few days ago. (laughs)
Q: Lastly, what do you expect the ratings to be for the show?
Song: I’ll be happy if the ratings come out well and sad if they don’t but I don’t think an actor should obsess too much over the ratings. I do however, want our show to do better than “Dong Yi – Jewel in the Crown” and “Giant.” (laugh) I’m personally hoping for about 17 percent? Oh, no. I once was in a drama that hit 17 percent on its premiere episode but the ratings kept falling after that. I feel uneasy now.
Micky: It’s the first time I’m paying attention to viewership ratings. I guess you could say we’re safe if we get about 15 percent?
Song: Oh, yes, I’d like it around there too. If it looks like the ratings are going to drop, I’m thinking of suggesting to the scenarist that Micky to a bed scene. That’ll probably boost ratings, right?
Q: Didn’t you say at the last press conference that he doesn’t have such a great body?
Song: Oh, that’s right!!! Then I guess they’d [ratings] fall. Nevermind!