This might be the case of a celebrity version of the Amazon Fire Phone, i.e. no one wants it, or it might be sourced and priced to sell just enough to make it worth the while. C-news is reporting that popular Hallyu actor Lee Jong Seok will be collaborating with a Chinese mobile phone manufacturer to release his own branded limited edition cellphone going on sale next month on Chinese website JD.com (Jindong). The phone will come with pre-set screen savers with his images, custom shell, exclusive accessories including ear buds, and Lee Jong Seok’s personal phone number programmed in. Okay, I totally made the last thing up, of course owners of Lee Jong Seok’s custom cellphone can’t call him but certainly can get enough of him via the phone to feel extra connected.
I’m rather perplexed with the recent APAN Star Awards and how W: Two Worlds got recognized solely for Han Hyo Joo when she was the weakest acting link among the leads. She was fine but basically had three modes – fan girling, freaked out, and trying to fix things. Lee Jong Seok’s acting was a step below what he did in Pinocchio and Dr. Stranger, but he did delivered the pathos enough to sell the character even when the story went to nonsense land. What disappointed me the most, though, is that he didn’t have much chemistry with Han Hyo Joo, a flaw that grew more stark as the drama progressed and by the end I could care less. It’s crazy a drama with this much skinship between the leads could be so emotionally flaccid.