A typical drama casting offer turn down doesn’t usually merit a solo post but the combination big name star and big name screenwriter makes many K-drama fans eager to know the locked down casting. The Hong Sisters upcoming fantasy drama Hwayugi, a riff on one of the Chinese classics Journey to the West (Xi You Ji) has been courting Park Bo Gum as one of the male leads, playing the Monkey King character opposite veteran leading man Cha Seung Won who has signed on to play the Bull Demon King. This would have been a high profile drama casting coup to sign on Park Bo Gum who has been on a drama ratings roll twice in a row with Answer Me 1988 and then Moonlight Through the Clouds. In the end Park Bo Gum passed on this role and time will tell if it’s a smart decision or a missed opportunity. On the personal styling front, Park Bo Gum debuted at new hairstyle that copies Lee Yeon Hee awful bangs from Reunited Worlds, which in the drama was done on accident and she knows it looks awful and hates it, so it’s even more entertaining to see Park Bo Gum willingly sport this look.
I’ve heard K-netizens exclaim that the power of Park Bo Gum’s visuals is not to be denied because he actually looks not hideously ugly in this style. I don’t disagree as he still somehow looks handsome when he’s all put together except the bangs merely distract and mildly detract.