It’s hard pressed to find a bigger bucket of cold water to dump over a promising new K-drama than to announce that Yunho has been cast as one of the leads. He may not qualitatively be the worst idol actor out there but his name surely shows up near the top of any list. He’s personally on the top of my list and unlike other wooden idol actors such as Taecyeon or Changmin, both of whom I freely acknowledge mostly suck at acting, Yunho doesn’t have that personal charisma to charm me despite the lack of acting ability. Hearing that he’s been cast in upcoming MBC fantasy supernatural sageuk Records of a Night Watchman makes me want to bang my head against the nearest pole and ask “why? oh god why him?” I knew MBC was bound to include one idol in the main cast to heighten the Hallyu appeal and I honestly have been lulled into complacency lately with some marked improvements in the quality of idol acting that I forgot there were still a few who remain hopelessly bad, such as Yunho.
Jaejoong is doing a decent job in Triangle, Yoona was awesome in Prime Minister and I, I actually like Taecyeon’s effort in Wonderful Days despite his panned saturi, Bora is serviceable in Dr. Stranger, Seung Ri is entertaining in Angel Eyes, Im Seulong rises above the risible material in Hotel King, Lee Hong Ki killed it in Bride of the Century, I’ve heard only raves for Lee Joon in Gap Dong, even Kim Hyun Joong held his own and sometimes even carried the underwhelming Age of Feeling. The laundry list above is just recent examples of idols not stinking up the joint whereas Yunho stunk up Poseidon and Queen of Ambition with zero improvement from his bottom of the barrel debut in Heading to the Ground. Will he manage to improve in his first sageuk when he hasn’t hacked it in comparatively easier modern dramas? I don’t know but his track record does not look promising in the least. Can I have a do-over with this casting choice?
Yunho joins already cast leads Jung Il Woo and Go Sung Hee in the drama which heads into production next month. There are four night watchmen which means one more main lead still needs to be cast. This drama is in the hands of a very established PD and scriptwriter with plenty of sageuk success and comes from the production company behind Sungkyunkwan Scandal. If it falters because of bad acting then imma going to be really really pissed. I still remember the huge public outrage when Yunho was in talks for You From Another Star to play Lee Hwi Kyung, the role that later went to actor Choi Min who then got injured at the start of filming and Park Hae Jin had to swap roles from villain Lee Jae Kyung to play the lovesick puppy Hwi Kyung. The end result was all that was good and perfect since Park Hae Jin was awesome as Hwi Kyung and his original role went to Shin Sung Rok who nailed it in both intensity and unintentional menacing hilarity. Sadly Yunho is confirmed for Night Watchman so no amount of nay-saying will deter this boy this time. Bummer.