What. The. Eff.
Again – I repeat that I don’t really like this drama. However, episode 10 ended on a promising note. So I’m kind of hoping for more closure on the Myung Wol – Kang Woo storyline here. I’d really like to see Han Ye Seul and Eric Mun go on their real dates and stuff, yunno? So even though I don’t like this drama, I’m damn disappointed by this outcome.
I’ve been reading a lot of articles and the actress-replacement-issue looks to be set in stone. However, there’s still some time left for Han Ye Seul to come back and smooth things over.
First off, she reportedly left for the States quite suddenly on the 15th. She went back to visit her parents in Los Angeles, and no return date has been set. The producers have announced that if she does not arrive on set by 12 noon on August 16, they will pursue legal action against her, suing her 10 billion Won for damages. How she’ll return in one day is beyond me, but her sudden departure has made many people on set quite frustrated.
I don’t blame them for suing her; no matter who’s in the wrong, she is effectively ruining this drama and taking away from it whatever potential it had, or will have, as it continues. The drama could even have been suspended without her, which is something no one wants. I also am not surprised her fellow cast and crew are frustrated; a lot of things are hinging on her, and they’re work has been stalled because of her.
So to make up for the missing episode, KBS aired a special that featured highlights from the series so far. After the broadcast, many viewers were pleading that she come back. I’m surprised at such the overwhelming positive attitude towards her rather than dissing her like nuts. Then again, I could be reading a bunch of biased reporting. But imagine if Lee Da Hae did this, everyone would be on her case and yelling at her – for example, when she complained about her role in East of Eden she got the reputation of being difficult and ungrateful. How do Koreans decide whether to vilify or sympathize with an actress? I mean, instinctively, I want to call her a bitchy diva for doing all this, but when I rethink it, I can understand where she’s coming from. The same goes for Lee Da Hae, whatever her drama troubles are. I guess the difference is that Lee makes direct statements, while Han doesn’t. Her “statements” come from Sidus, not her, and therefore no one really knows what she’s thinking.
An interview with the production company revealed that the relationship between Han and the PD Hwang In Hyuk (who previously did Sungkyunkwan Scandal) had deteriorated rather quickly in the past few days. Hwang had reportedly insulted her in some way. Though Han may have come off rude, the representative of the production company cited her American upbringing as a possible explanation for her actions and speech. The representative also corrected misconceptions that she missed a lot of shooting days for her CF shoots.
Han and Hwang’s relationship had gone sour since about a month ago, when she had first requested a change in PD. KBS responded by adding another PD in the hopes that it would appease her, but it still didn’t work. She had disagreements with the PD over the schedule and the poor shooting conditions (I’m guessing the long hours namely), and their fights also put Eric Mun in between them. The production company representative allegedly said that he thinks Hwang owns 80% of the blame, and Han has 20%. That’s a large percentage to place on Hwang, and clearly makes the problem the production of the drama and not the actress. But the representative also said that Han was committing acting suicide by doing all this.
Well, if her arguments lead to better shooting conditions, then I think she’s championing all actors in the Korean industry.
KBS has held an emergency meeting to make a drastic action: replace the actress. I don’t know how this is going to help the series. While I can imagine that they’ll use a stunt double and put her in a coma for a bit, I don’t know if it’s wise to replace the actress who’s so identified with the character. I mean what, did she get major plastic surgery or something? Are we going to do a Wife’s Temptation/Angel’s Temptation thing here?
Sometimes, I feel like the PD should be replaced, and sometimes I feel like Han should just suck it up and pick her battles elsewhere. This is quite a chaotic mess, but hey – this was bound to happen right? I mean, this is the result of live-shooting system.
I’m surprised PD Hwang didn’t get such complaints before. I heard that Sungkyunkwan actors worked tirelessly too, but they might have been more accepting of the situation because that’s usually the life on a drama shoot. Then again, maybe PD Hwang never had such a grudge on anyone until Han came along.
source: star news, newsen, shinhwa biz,