There is good and bad news about the upcoming K-drama Prime Minister and I. The good news is that the concept teasers and the first drama preview all look fantastic. Zippy and snappy, there is a lot of energy and the cast is all sparking onscreen. Even better news is the just released first couple still of leads Lee Bum Soo and Yoona and I actually stared for a good long while because of how unexpectedly good they look together and the fact that the chemistry is palpable even in still pictures. I never had a problem with onscreen couples with a wide age gap in either gender reversal and here it factors into the drama storyline since he’s a single father of three kids while she’s an eager to make a name for herself tabloid reporter. I was mostly concerned that Yoona has never impressed me with her acting whereas Lee Bum Soo impresses me in each and every outing but so far everything I see has left me happy and relieved. With all this good news, the bad news I mentioned at the beginning is less a concern for the drama and more a major worry for male lead Lee Bum Soo. He is currently filming the movie God’s Hand with Jung Woo Sung and two weeks ago he fractured his left hand during an action sequence.
Due to the tight filming schedule for Prime Minister and I, against the medical advice of his doctor who recommended immediately surgery, Lee Bum Soo is electing to wear a full hand cast for the duration of this drama and get surgery after the drama wraps. He’s being commended for the decision while I am screaming “What the hell is wrong with you people!” for those Korean netizens and media reports claiming he’s so professional for pushing through this drama filming while sporting a full hand fracture. That is crazy talk! KBS should have written in a hand injury and have him sport a cast for a few episodes. As is, Lee Bum Soo needs to wear the cast all the time and he plans to only take it off during official takes. I selfishly want to see him in this promising looking drama badly, but not at the expense of his pain and suffering. I wished he would have gotten the surgery no matter what, even quitting the drama, but since he’s doing it all I can do is be supportive even though I cringe when I see BTS pictures and his hand is wrapped up like a Christmas sausage. Prime Minister and I premieres in less than two weeks after Marry Him If You Dare (Mirae’s Choice) finishes next week. Check out more stills below including ones of Yoon Si Yoon showing off a slapped cheek courtesy of Chae Jung Ahn as well as being a competent aide to the Prime Minister.