Things on the set of Spy Myung Wol have just gone from horrific to never-before-seen-nuclear-bomb level bad. As of midnight August 15th, lead actress Han Ye Seul has left South Korea and gone back to LA. Really, Leslie? That bad? Lee-Kim Productions (the company producing SMW, whereas KBS is the station that bought this drama and is airing it) has announced that it will be replacing her and finishing the rest of the drama.
Unknown are the details: which actress will be stepping into this mess (and what character she will play – literally replace Myung Wol or another new character), and will the drama resume airing next week, or the week thereafter with the revamped storyline and new lead actress. Lee-Kim Productions also announced it will be suing Han Ye Seul a cool 10 billion won for interference of business, which is a criminal charge, and that additional breach of contract charges are forthcoming, which the production has stated that Han Ye Seul’s agency Sidus HQ will participate in as well.
A representative for Lee-Kim Productions spoke with the media and gave their side of the story:
During the meeting on the 15th, Han Ye Seul apparently agreed to come back to filming on August 16th, so her suddenly leaving South Korea for LA is as much as shock to the production as it is to everyone else. They think Han Ye Seul is trying to end her career in Korea, otherwise her actions are so extreme there is no going back for her.
Lee-Kim Productions actually takes the side of Han Ye Seul in her fight with the PD, explaining she got as much time off as everyone and she didn’t miss a lot of filming to do CFs contrary to reports. As for the discord between PD Hwang and Han Ye Seul, the production said the fault lies 80% with the PD and 20% with Han Ye Seul.
While it’s true the relationship went South between the PD and lead actress, but the production emphasized that this is not the way Han Ye Seul should have dealt with it, negatively impacting the rest of the cast and crew. The PD runs the entire show, and when even if there is a dispute, Han Ye Seul is in the wrong for allowing her frustration to be resolved in this manner.
The only known statement from Han Ye Seul is what she tweeted right before she left for LA: “It’s all my fault, be happy.” Eric gave an interview where he emphasized how hard everyone has been working on set, and that he hopes Han Ye Seul comes back so they can finish the drama. He revealed that he told her it would be bad for the drama to change PDs at this point, so clearly he knew about her discord with PD Hwang and tried to defuse the situation.
I’m still in shock over how this entire fiasco unfurled in the last 2 days. Eric might be one of the most cursed leading men in Korea – first Wolf, then his leading lady in Que Sera Sera getting switched at the last minute, having to drop out of Poseidon due to its repeated delay, and now SMW. Does on-set drama and/or calamity following this poor boy? I feel so bad for everyone involved. Yes, even Han Ye Seul, because she clearly is willing to ruin her career over this. I’ll keep bringing more SMW news because I’m really concerned for everyone involved.