People can debate what Jang Geun Seok has or doesn’t have, from looks to social graces to career wisdom, but it’s neigh impossible to debate whether he can or cannot act. The man can act, and he’s been able to act since he first graced the screen as a child actor. When he turns on the acting mode, he’s in character and in the scene, though his real life persona threatens to take a viewer out of it despite his acting prowess. As such, the question for me on the upcoming Pretty Boy isn’t whether Jang Geun Seok can convincingly play the magnetic good looking male lead, it’s whether this story is any good. He may be a bit worse for wear with all the partying, but he can play any character if he wanted to. The beef is rightfully that he seems to be gravitating to a type to the waste of his immense range. The first official couple stills have been released of the two leads in character and IU surprisingly outshines her co-star. My eyes were drawn to her first in all three stills, and I’m not an IU fan in the least. She’s serviceable with potential but not much compelling aura. I still don’t think she alone could make me want to watch this drama, but her Kim Bo Tong actually comes off cute and silly enough to be endearing in these stills. She’s been in love with the leading man Dokke Ma Te for ten years and will do anything for him. He looks exasperated and dismissive of her, but she’s rather amusingly glommed onto him in these stills. IU strikes the perfect look of being a devoted 4D fangirl. Jang Geun Seok actually looks rather out of it in all the stills and I’m not sure why. He’s clearly found a way to maintain his flowing locks even while filming the drama by tying it back. I’m already hating the feathered look with giant front comb over, which is just way too overly done. The slicked back look is okay, but yet again I would love to see him actually embrace a totally new look. His character in the manhwa actually had short hair with the slicked side part that has been all the rage these days in K-dramas. In addition to these new stills, the drama dropped a short teaser trailer this week as well. Check it out to see if Pretty Man floats your boat. I’m still firmly in the iffy territory.
Pretty Boy teaser: