Jang Geun Seok is back in Korea and was recently a guest on the KBS radio show on Cool FM called DJ Verbal Jint’s Pops Pops. I normally don’t follow his singing career, and to be honest actually try to actively stay away because his singing persona totally rubs me the wrong way. I like him only as an actor, gave his singing a chance before and from style to pitch its a pass for me. When asked by DJ Verbal Jint why he confined his singing career and album releases only overseas, Jang Geun Seok laughed and said that he’s already not well liked in Korea, if he started singing and dancing then the disenchantment with him will only get worse. He loves to perform and wants to do so where he’s free to indulge in it. Conversation turned to acting and it’s here Jang Geun Seok might be raked over the coals for what he said. He mentioned that its been over a year since his last drama, which was famed PD Yoon Seok Ho‘s Love Rain co-starring Yoona of SNSD. Jang Geun Seok said bluntly that the drama burned him and he’s hurt badly by it. I can’t figure out if he meant the poor ratings and domestic reception of Love Rain was what hurt him, or the quality of the work and him being in it was the kicker. If it’s the former, there are more diplomatic ways of saying it. And if it’s the latter, then good lord is he burning some bridges here and disrespecting some powerful figures in the industry. I confess to totally hating Love Rain but I’m not exactly happy to hear Jang Geun Seok publicly bad-mouthing this drama. I’ve always known him to be a person who sometimes lack a filter in real life, and this is one of those moments where I wished he had a handler to keep him in check. Jang Geun Seok did reveal that he has carefully selected his next acting project but hasn’t signed the papers yet so he can’t say anything for the time being. Is it a movie? A drama? I dunno, but I would be surprised if it was a KBS project seeing as he just unloaded his ire on a drama produced by that network.
Above are pictures of Jang Geun Seok attending the radio show taping, dressed like what I would describe as “a modern day Willy Wonka with a white fetish”. To say I don’t get him is an understatement, and fast approaching broken record status. While I will surely check out his next acting project, part of me feels like he’s tanking his future works in Korea because he continues to push his image in the direction away from the general tenor leading men with clean cut images and mainstream tendencies. It’s like a chicken and the egg problem – is Jang Geun Seok’s fading popularity in Korea causing his dramas to have bad ratings and leading to working abroad so much recently, or is making bad dramas and working abroad so much recently the reason Jang Geun Seok is no longer popular in Korea?