If I ever saw Gong Yoo in person, I would probably stare slack-jawed. He’s just such a man’s man with his height and physique, but with a boyish charm when he flashes a brilliant smile that completely undercuts the machismo. It’s been over a year since I’ve seen Gong Yoo onscreen, but it doesn’t feel that long because I still re-watch snippets of Big from time to time. It’s so easy to deride that drama for being a hot mess but I reckon the more time passes the more it’ll seem less like a giant failure and more just a drama that skewed to a small minority’s taste. I absolutely love it vis-à-vis the Hong Sisters most recent The Master Sun, which did double the ratings of Big so it looks like the sisters know what the public likes and will stick it more TMS than Big style going forward. For Gong Yoo, the lackluster ratings and reception of Big must’ve been a deterrent in going back to dramas, since he waited nearly two years since his release from military service to return to television with Big. That’ll be a bummer since I think he shines equally brightly on the small screen (Coffee Prince) as he does on the big screen (The Crucible). His next project is a thriller movie called The Suspect. Gong Yoo plays North Korean field agent betrayed by his government during a mission and then his wife and child are sold to China as slaves and end up dead. WOAH, darkness galore. He defects to South Korea to find the North Korean betrayer, working as a driver for a rich Chairman. When the Chairman is murdered and passes on a special pair of glasses to Gong Yoo’s character, he goes on the run when he’s framed for the murder and needs to find out what the secret is in those glasses. Co-starring will be Park Hee Soon (double the hotness), Jo Seong Ha, Yoo Da In, and Jo Jae Yoon. This drama has an intriguing premise and a fantastic cast and is scheduled for a release on December 3, 2013. Here’s to hoping Gong Yoo does a drama early next year.