Insane drama casting say WHUT? I’m sorry but I can’t even wrap my mind around this upcoming drama concept and definitely not the pairing. Let me get the good out of the way first – Lee Bum Soo is returning to dramaland! Super yay. It would be an exclamation but for the big BUT in this casting – his leading lady is reportedly Yoona of SNSD. Between laughing maniacally at the absurdity of her acting opposite Lee Bum Soo and crying over how ridiculous is is that an actor of his talent, experience, and charisma is going to act opposite an actress who is literally just a bland wet sponge, I am really frustrated that Lee Bum Soo is wasting another drama opportunity on what is essentially a DOA drama right off the bat. I don’t dislike Yoona as a person or an entertainer who sings, dances, models and whatever else she does, but I cannot stand her as an actress. In that profession she pretty much is the pits. Her fellow SNSD members who have attempted to act are more or less equally incapable – Yuri was the worst of the worst in Fashion King – with the exception of Sooyoung. I loved her in Cyrano Dating Agency and would be fine if she was the SNSD member cast here. In fact, I gladly welcome it since she has proven herself to not just be able to act, but also have great chemistry with a much older male co-star namely Lee Jong Hyuk in CDA. This drama is called Prime Minister and I and is inspired by the classic movie and musical Sound of Music, so famous now that three generations would have grown up on it. Starring Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews, it’s the story of a spirited nun who becomes a governess for a widower captain with 7 wayward children. How many girls spent their tween years humming “I am sixteen, going on seventeen”? It’s a classic tale of finding love in the most unexpected of places between two people with a giant age, personality, and life experience gap. Not to mention the whole high stakes escaping from the Holocaust bit in the second half of the story. So the upcoming Prime Minister and I (not to be confused with being a remake of another classic movie and musical The King and I) will be a story of a young nanny who goes to work in the South Korean Prime Minister’s household to take care of his wayward kids. Guess who is the Prime Minister and who is the Nanny?
The age gap between the two leads is built into the story and Lee Bum Soo and Yoona’s exactly 20 year age gap is fine with me. What’s not fine is that the leading lady is Yoona because she just can’t act and she has this palpable lack of onscreen charisma. I’ve given her three chances already, how may more can her fans ask for. I watched You Are My Destiny, Cinderella Man, and Love Rain so my opinion is after having sampled her brand of “acting” and its no es bueno. Which is the exact opposite of Lee Bum Soo, who is neither conventionally handsome nor tall, but has intensity and chemistry by the spades. He’s gorgeous to me and I can slurp him up with a spoon when I watch him act. Prime Minister and I is a KBS drama scheduled for Mon-Tues in December, to follow Mirae’s Choice with Yoon Eun Hye, Lee Dong Gun, and Jung Yong Hwa. It’ll be up against Empress Ki on MBC and whatever SBS has slated for after The Suspicious Housekeeper.