At this point I’m girding myself for one bombshell news a week from K-ent from here on out until 2014 finally ends. I suppose SM Entertainment can breathe a sigh of relief that this news nugget doesn’t involve the agency. Idol-actor Lee Joon is stripping the idol from his career effective immediately as he’s officially left the K-pop group MBLAQ. He made it a two-fer by also not re-signing his recently expired contract with current agency J-Tune Camp. I don’t even know any of the other members of MBLAQ other than Lee Joon, and obviously he popped on my radar for his well-received budding acting career.
His two biggest acting roles to date are in the ensemble drama IRIS 2 followed by playing a creepy serial killer in this year’s cable drama Gap Dong. This week he made acting news by joining the upcoming reversing aging drama Mr. Baek as the son of the main lead played by Shin Ha Kyun. One doesn’t need to officially leave a solo singing career to focus on acting, some famous idol-actors juggling both include Lee Joon Ki and Rain. But it is hard to be a dedicated actor and still be a part of an idol group when scheduling plays a huge balancing role. I say let the man act to his heart’s content if that’s what he wants!
The future of MBLAQ remains unknown after this big announcement from Lee Joon, whether the group continues on as four members, finds a replacement member, or disbands. Lee Joon will finish up his existing MBLAQ commitments including performing in concerts already scheduled for the end of November. After that he’ll be free to join the overworked Korean actors guild where 22 hour a day drama work weeks await him with the additional prospect of landing movie gigs here and there. Apparently it’s well known that Lee Joon’s biggest life dream is to be actor and he only went into the idol singing-dancing biz when he was told he wasn’t talented in acting and discovered he was quite talented in singing and dancing. Considering the accolades he’s received as an actor so far, whoever told young Joon he couldn’t act might need to take out a newspaper apology letter for causing the boy to misdirect his efforts until now.