What the *&(%*!@# is this casting possibility?!?! Are you kidding me, SBS? Just when I thought it was smooth sailing waters ahead for the year end SBS drama Man From the Stars starring Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyun, today came news that literally made me spit out my water and start sputtering like a tongue-tied swain meeting his secret crush. I don’t know why Yunho of DBSK needs to keep acting, because he has sucked from the very first moment he tried to act and continues to suck as of his last drama in Yawang earlier this year, but he’s determined to keep interjecting his dreadful acting mug in whatever drama will take him. Yawang was a ratings success for SBS but I cannot for the life of me give any credit to Yunho, but rather it was the insanely evil leading lady played by Su Ae that got people tuning in. Now SBS is in talks with Yunho to join Man From the Stars as the second male lead playing the fiancee of the leading lady, to which I can only say “Is anyone at SBS taking their meds?” This drama actually had potential to be decent written all over it, with popular young actor Kim Soo Hyun not to mention movie actress Jeon Ji Hyun (aka. Ms. Gianna Jun) making her television return in 14 years. Why would SBS even consider an idol actor in the main cast when there are tons of solid actors in their late twenties that isn’t currently in a drama or in the army – Yoon Si Yoon, Lee Wan, Lee Hyun Jin, Yeon Woo Jin. And if it has to be a DBSK boy then I’ll take Changmin any day over Yunho. ANY. DAY. There are also tons of idol boys who can act better than Yunho (and look better IMO) and off the top of my head I can think of three BEAST boys Yong Jun Hyung, Lee Ki Kwang, and Yoon Doo Joon. See, it’s not hard SBS! I can compromise on casting an idol, but Yunho is just the bottom of the barrel for me even in the idol ranks, except of course he is cream of the crop in Japan when it comes to selling power. Sigh. In less aggravating casting news, So Yi Hyun signed on last week to play second the second female lead in this drama, described as a well-educated classmate of Jeon Ji Hyun’s Hallyu actress and forever jealous rival. Her casting will obviously get less attention than news of Yunho joining, but I think she’s a solid choice to play the catty rival.
We can all pretend this is the cast and ignore the DBSK-sized elephant in the room. And Yunho fans can argue the usual “he’s not bad” or “he’s improved” all they want, I vehemently don’t agree and find in all his attempts at acting that “he IS that bad” and “he has NOT improved.” Changmin, on the other hand, can give acting another go and if he can control the tendency to eye bulge he might be inoffensive enough. At the very least I think Changmin is easy on the eyes (okay, okay, I’ll own up to it, I think he’s adorable and harmless and fluffy like a clueless puppy!), but Yunho is ugh in every which way I look at him. Aside from upside down, I haven’t tried that angle yet.