I’m always leery of my faves getting an Esquire spread because I have to gear for the possible the faux edgy that veers on the sleazy stylings. Unfortunately my concern is merited for the November Esquire Korea pictorial with Lee Jong Seok that looks like early 90’s Calvin Klein crossed with American Apparel sensibilities. Even worse is that his entire look comes courtesy of couture house Yves Saint Laurent, so clearly Fall 2018 YSL is all about that a vaguely bargain basement hipster vibe.
On the acting side, I can’t form a comprehensive opinion of Lee Jong Seok’s role and performance in SBS drama While You Were Sleeping just yet, while I’m enjoying the totality of the drama I don’t know if it will be a net positive remembrance of him when all is said and done. His role flashes back to his previous role in Pinocchio too much, and his performance doesn’t immediately suck me in the same way I felt clinically detached from him in W: Two Worlds. I think a two year break in military service in the near future and a return with something truly breakaway from his image would be a smart path ahead.