This story warms my cockles because it proves that someone with talent and clout actually still cares about quality in Korean entertainment. Everyone’s likely heard now about the casting “problems” with the upcoming weekend drama Thrice Married Woman (She Gets Married Three Times). Apparently leading lady candidates are dropping like flies, with the entertainment news reports all claiming that first Han Ga In, then Song Ji Hyo, and finally Kim Sa Rang have all been in discussions for the role and “declined”. I called bullshit when I read that, and finally some news agencies have dared to report that famed screenwriter Kim Soo Hyun with her exacting high standards was responsible for pretty much firing first Han Ga In and then Kim Sa Rang from her drama because they didn’t meet her requirements of acting ability. Apparently the first script readings were actually auditions and looks like some ladies failed. Big time. Song Ji Hyo was in talks but never actually sat down with a script so luckily she avoided getting axed. Or maybe if she accepted she would have passed the test. Who knows, but this is totally awesome that a person in charge will actually call out famous Korean actress wooden flower vases Han Ga In and Kim Sa Rang and fire them for not being able to act. I love it!
Kim Soo Hyun is an equal opportunity authoritarian on set and even as recently as her last drama Childless Comfort it was reported that she chewed out veterans like Kim Hae Sook (most recently Lee Bo Young’s mom in I Hear Your Voice) and Im Ye Jin (Jan Di’s mom in Boys Before Flowers) for not meeting her high standards in scenes. I dont’ blame her because her dramas are very nuanced emotional affairs with a lot of dialogue that can’t be glossed over with lackluster acting. So right now the only confirmed main cast members are former Kim Soo Hyun drama veterans Eom Ji Won (who worked on Childless Comfort) and Song Chang Ui (who did Life is Beautiful). Other leads such as Ha Suk Jin and Jo Han Seon aren’t confirmed either, though the former is likely to join since he’s also a Kim Soo Hyun vet. If an actor has passed her high standards, she always wants them back. Too bad two other Life is Beautiful veterans Lee Sang Woo and Nam Sang Mi aren’t available since they are currently on the weekend drama Goddess of Marriage, which reportedly will now be extended by 4 episodes since Thrice Married Woman won’t be able to air on time since a leading lady cannot be found. Fascinating stuff. I’m happy to wait if it is in search of quality talent.
This isn’t the first time Kim Soo Hyun has laid down her finicky standards, she does this with every one of her drama castings. Apparently PIE was also in talks but he ended up turning it down since its a 50-episode weekend drama commitment. I don’t even think Han Ga In or Kim Sa Rang should feel bad for getting fired from the drama. I’m surprised they even got to read for it in the first place. They are both beautiful ladies but sorely lacking in acting talent. Passable in the right role, but I cannot imagine in any Kim Soo Hyun penned leading lady character. Those are quickly prickly and layered. I’m curious who will finally land the role.