Main cast:Kim Nam-gil, Han Ga-in, Oh Yeon-soo, Kim Jae-wook, Jeong So-min, Sim Eun-kyeong. Director:ee Hyung Min Total Episodes: 17 Audio Tracks: Korean, Mandarin Subtitle: English, Chinese Rated: PG Studio:SBS Release Date: Production Year: 2010-Mar-31 Running Time: Approx. 1020 min (17 Episodes) No. of Disc: 4
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Kim Nam-gil, joins one of the prettiest actresses in the business for a stylish plot of love, betrayal and revenge in the new drama “Bad Man”. Will this combination captivate viewers? Find out tonight with a brand new soap “Bad Man” on SBS.
Kim became a household name, not to mention one of the most sought after actors in the industry, after appearing as Bi-dam in the hit drama last year. After some commercials and a movie, the 29-year-old decided to return to the small screen as Shim Geon-wook, a heartless stuntman who knows how to deal with pretty girls with innocent hearts to achieve his goal.
“(Shim is) an innocent but bad guy”, he said during a press conference last week.
Shim is adopted by a rich family that owns Haeshin Group, one of the biggest and richest companies in the country. But when the young Shim is abandoned by his own family due to a misunderstanding, he vows to destroy everything they have and win back the love and fortune he was once promised.
“You can’t hate him because while his actions may be based on vengeance; he’s actually lonely and is longing for love. I’m actually trying to focus on my acting instead of trying to look good this time”, Kim said.
The role of Bi-dam was indeed a huge break for Kim, and many guessed that Kim would be worried it might somehow overshadow him and hinder him from bringing something new to viewers. This was not really the case for Kim after all.
“I actually wasn’t thinking of doing a drama after “Queen Seon-deok”. The ratings were so good and I didn’t think I would be able to find a character that would surpass Bi-dam. To be honest, I think this role is quite similar: the character and even the acting”, he confessed.
“So after talking with the director, I thought it would be better if I could bring a more mature version of what viewers are used to seeing, if it was impossible to change the character completely”.
His decision was clear, for he was sporting the same long hair, mustache and mischievous smile at the press event.
Meanwhile, television fans will also get to meet another star who left the small screen for quite some time. Han Ga-in will appear as Kim’s love interest Mun Jae-in. This is Han’s first drama in three years, and the news that she was returning to the small screen attracted reporters near and far, with more than 300 swarming the venue to take a closer look at the 28-year-old.
Mun is pretty, smart and ambitious, but lacks the perfect background. She turns toward Shim, but when she finds out that he’s been disowned the family and its fortune, she quickly pulls herself together. Showing a stern and heartless face may be easy, but she finds herself caught between her ambitions to succeed and her affections toward the love of her life.
Han has appeared in a number of dramas since her debut in 2002, such as “A Witch in Love” (SBS) and “Dr. Gang” (MBC), but her performances didn’t wow the audience. Along with stars such as Lee Na-young and Sin Min-ah, it’s true that she is more categorized as a “CF star”, but Han wants to change that misconception.
“I am not pretty at all in the drama. I’m a bit evil, even. I accepted the role in the drama because I wasn’t scared to brush off my goddess image from commercials”, she said.
For an actress, returning to either the big or small screen can be a burden, for younger and more talented newcomers instantly steal the spotlight. Han admitted she was worried to return after a three-year hiatus, but was more prepared than ever.
“I have a hard time falling asleep these days but I promise I will show the best of me”, she said laughing.
The two actors may attract young viewers, but the drama is welcoming yet another, more experienced, actress to lead the story with a firmer grip.
Actress Oh Yeon-soo will play Hong Tae-ra, the oldest daughter of the Haeshin Group. Hong lives a rather peaceful life with her husband and children, but feels a change of heart when she meets Shim. Her life is shattered as she falls for him, opening the door of revenge for Shim.
Oh may be in her late 30s, but she is charismatic and charming enough to play opposite with one of the hottest guys in the entertainment business.
“There’s a love scene, which made me and also my husband a bit nervous”, she told reporters with a smile.
The tale of a love triangle, revenge and money will unfold tonight at 9:55.
“Cold revenge, fiery ambition, fatal love” The catch phrase for new SBS TV series “Bad Man” set to first air on May 26 is strong. The story of a man and a woman who dream of climbing the social ladder and the children of a conglomerate family who fall for their temptation. But at the press conference for this passionate melodrama, one could feel the charm of each actor which increased the anticipation for the show, rather than being a somber setting. Below are the excerpts from the press conference for “Bad Man” with Kim Nam-gil (as Shim Gun-wook) who created the mood with his constant jokes, the well-mannered and honest Han Ga-in (as Moon Jae-in), the experienced 20-year veteran actress Oh Yeon-soo (as Hong Tae-ra) and Kim Jae-wook (as Hong Tae-sung) who would give clear distinctive subjective answers to questions.
Korean actor Kim Nam-gil at the press conference for TV series “Bad Man”
10: Character Shim Gun-wook is introduced as a ‘Mr. Perfect’. I think it would have been inevitable to keep telling yourself that while in shoot. Was there anything in particular that you prepared for this character?
Kim Nam-gil (Kim NG): To be frank, Gun-wook is the type of person who has gained his abilities by working hard at them, instead of being someone who is just ‘good’ at everything, and they include things such as sky diving. I liked the action in “Queen Seon-deok” and ‘Lovers’ and I enjoyed it too so I think people thought I was good because I didn’t really pull back from doing such scenes. But for this production, I’m planning on focusing more on my acting abilities rather than such external elements. I think no matter what I do, I can’t break away from my role in “Queen Seon-deok” and it’s a bit sad that I have to be talking about myself like that but I want to act with depth because this job doesn’t accept excuses. It’s the same for the other actors as well. Everyone is working really hard because Han Ga-in is returning to dramas after a three-year hiatus, I want to break away from my previous character Bidam, Oh Yeon-soo wants to go beyond her role in “La Dolce Vita” and Jae-wook wants to break out of the gay image.
Han Ga-in (Han): I’ve been getting less sleep because the premiere date is just around the corner and I’m very worried because it’s been three years since I’ve acted. I met with director Lee Hyeong-min during the time I had kept thinking to myself that ‘I have to do this now’ and I really liked the role and synopsis of the drama, which was unlike any of my previous work and I decided to take the role after I found out Kim Nam-gil was going to star in it as well.
Kim NG: I heard that lately you’ve been regretting it…(laugh)
10: Your character Moon Jae-in was always first place in school and graduated from a prestigious college which fits right in with the image the audience have of you.
Kim NG: I think Han herself probably thinks that way too! (laugh)
Han: Ah…I did study hard with a goal of getting into a good school. So I agree. (laugh)
Kim NG: That is why there is this big gap whenever we talk. Han worked really hard in high school to reach her goals of going to a good school while as for me Im far from that…
10: It seems that your character is not a ‘pretty’ one.
Han: I don’t think she is a pretty person. The more I study her, the more violent she seems (laugh). To the point that I ask myself ‘Is it okay if I do this?’ But I don’t have any worries about not looking pretty. I’m a lot different from how I look in commercials and I want to break free from that image.
Kim NG: It’s a confidence that can only come from people who know they look pretty no matter what they do.
Han: Kim Nam-gil thinks that he is cool whatever he does! (laugh)
10: Oh Yeon-soo, you mentioned you might want to break away from MBC’s “Bitter Sweet Life”, but in a way, the two shows could be seen as having similar flows.
Oh Yeon-soo (Oh): It is same in that I fall in love with a younger man but it is completely different as well. My character Yoon Hye-jin in “Bitter Sweet Life” was a boring woman who loved her husband too much and lost her place. But Hong Tae-ra is a strong woman. She’s the kind of woman who has never fallen in love and got married out of convenience but after falling deeply in love with Gun-wook she feels this emotion where she would be even willing to abandon her family and child.
Korean actress Han Ga-in at the press conference for TV series “Bad Man”
10: Kim Jae-wook, you play a strong character as well, unlike your previous roles.
Kim Jae-wook (Kim JW): The gay character I played had a much long-lasting effect than I had expected it to, to the point that I thought ‘Did I really seem that gay’. (laugh) So I was looking for an opportunity when I was given this role. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t feel any pressure about my gay image but it wasn’t that bad. I felt it was more important to pull out what I have inside me through “Antique” and this production instead of trying to solidify my determination to break away from the gay image. The show is called “Bad Man” and no one is certain whether Gun-wook or Tae-sung is the bad boy. It will be fun creating this character because there has never been a role where the two men are similar and different at the same time and who have worked with many women.
10: Gun-wook and Jae-in are determined to climb the social ladder and Tae-ra wants to love. What kind of person do you think Tae-sung is and what does he want?
Kim JW: I think the most important thing that Hong Tae-sung wants and needs in life is love — he is desperate to be loved by a family in particular. But he is unable to obtain love no matter how much he desires for it and causes trouble like an attention-deprived child by expressing it in extreme ways like biting everything, similar to a dog that is left home alone. That is why those around him grow further away from him and that is when he slowly begins to approach the smart and charming Jae-in who is unlike any of the other girls he has met in his life. Of course Tae-sung doesn’t know that is was set up by Gun-wook and I think unconsciously he believes that through Jae-in, he can heal himself and be able to show his family a new image. He’s not the kind of person who calculates things so in the long run, I think he just wants love.
10: I recently heard that during the shoot, Kim Nam-gil and Han Ga-in were sick.
Han: I was rushed to the emergency room during the shoot because I had a very bad stomachache and then I heard two hours later that Kim Nam-gil was diagnosed with having a hernia. I heard he hadn’t even been able to walk properly and it would have affected our shoots if we were in the latter half of drama but it hurt before we started, as if I had the measles.
Kim NG: The director and cast had been hoping to make a film-like drama but things are busy on set because the premiere date has been moved up and Han and I were sick. And it was when I had my hernia that I was invited to attend Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young’s wedding. I couldn’t not go because they called me directly to invite me to the ceremony but if you see the pictures I have a scowl which made it seem like I was jealous of them. (laugh)
Q: I think you’ve lost a bit more weight. Is it because of the hernia?
Kim Nam-gil: Hm, because director Lee gives me a hard time? (laugh) I actually slept after eating ramen at five in the morning so it’s a relief to hear that. (laugh) I lost weight once for film “Lovers Vanished and just didn’t have to gain weight after shooting “Queen Seon-deok” for six, seven months. I’m not trying to lose weight but I just do and there are also scenes where I have to take off my clothes so…
Q: How was it working with director Lee Hyeong-min?
Kim NG: I miss director Park Hong-gyoon from “Queen Seon-deok”. Park was someone who is into the details but director Lee is also like that but to the extent that I felt like I was suffocating. So I called director Park recently and told him I miss him. (laugh)
Actor Kim Jae-wook
Q: There are articles mentioning your military entry. How do you think this will pan out?
Kim NG: I don’t know yet because nothing has been set. There are cases where the actor has to leave mid-way but I need to wrap up the drama and I’m in a situation where I can’t say exactly when I’ll be going.
Q: Kim Nam-gil, you’re working in a melodrama with married women again. It was like that last time too when you were in “Queen Seon-deok” with actress Lee Yo-won.
Kim NG: I was very happy upon hearing Han Ga-in was cast. She’s every guy’s dream so of course I was happy but I find myself maintaining a distance from actresses who are married, despite my desire to be involved in a scandal and experience the feeling of dating my acting partner. Han actually hates me calling her ‘ajumma [Korean term for middle-aged woman].’ I said it as a way of complimenting her easy-going and warm personality but she didn’t like it. (laugh)
Q: Han Ga-in, many male celebrities pick you as their ideal woman. Does it bother you in any way at all in the sense that you feel that you should take care of your image?
Han: First of all, I thank those of you who picked me as your ideal type of woman.
Kim NG: It sounds like you’re delivering an acceptance speech. Sounds like you won the ‘Ideal Woman World Cup.’ (laugh)
Han: I’m actually very happy every time I win that. And of them, there are some who I too think are very good-looking but I’m afraid they’ll no longer have a fantasy over me so I think it would be better that we don’t meet. (laugh) I’m more grateful than careful of the fact that they like me. I would like to work with them if I get the chance.
Q: Oh Yeon-soo, you’re 10 years older than Kim Nam-gil. Does this bother you?
Oh: I worked with Lee Dong-wook in “Bitter Sweet Life” and he was 10 years younger than me but I have a young mental age so it didn’t really get to me. It rather felt like he was an older brother and I don’t feel that Kim is young either. I’m not saying this to make myself look younger — I’m just immature. (laugh)
Q: Did you feel any pressure over having to shoot ‘passionately romantic’ scenes? And how did your husband Son Ji-chang respond to them?
Oh: I haven’t shot them yet but I had been feeling the pressure because there have been articles written about those scenes since a while ago. But there is a limit to how much you can show on television and Hong-tae is not someone who would love someone in a lukewarm attitude because he is a character who will risk his everything for his love. I think that’s why it’s being expressed in such a way. My husband hasn’t said anything about it in particular because he doesn’t really mind what I do but he did talk about “Bitter Sweet Life” two years later. He said I “overdid it a bit back then.” That’s how I knew he had been bearing it in mind. (laugh) My husband actually doesn’t mind it that much but he said people around him were asking how he felt. I think it’s strange that they would ask such questions. What kind of response do they expect to hear? No matter how much my husband tells me that it’s okay, it could still get to him if he keeps getting asked that question. But acting is my job so I don’t think we’d ever fight because of it.
Actress Oh Yeon-soo
Q: I think your character is someone who has a family called Hong-tae and a kid but wants to be seen as a ‘female’ to Gun-wook. Are there times in real life that you wish you could just be a female?
Oh: I’m not that feminine, personality-wise, to start with. That’s why I want to be seen as an actress since my job is to act, rather than wanting to be seen as a female. I guess I would want to be seen as a female and not a middle-aged lady when I get older.
Q: Kim Jae-wook, you’ve mostly worked with male actors in your age range in your previous works such as TV series “Coffee Prince” and film “Antique”.
Kim JW: Everyone is a female this time except for Kim Nam-gil so I’m very happy. (laugh) I couldn’t be any happier about going to set. Most of the people I had worked with before were guys.
Q: I actually meant to ask you about how your chemistry is with Kim Nam-gil. (laugh)
Kim JW: He is just such a great actor to start with so when we went to shoot on location in Japan, I went to watch his shoots even if I had none. There are so many things to learn from him and we talk to each other a lot even while we’re in shoot. But I can’t quite seem to be able to figure him out — he’ll be serious one moment and be joking around the next — so he’s like a time bomb. Oh, but in a good way. (laugh)
Q: The expectation level for “Bad Man” is high but it could also easily seem like a heavy subject. Do you have any premonitions or expectations about how well the show will do in terms of ratings?
Kim JW: Ratings are very important but a drama is all about the story so if what we’re trying to relay to the audience is something that could easily be considered a heavy subject, then I think it’s only proper that we let it stay that way. And when it’s done in the right way, I think the show would steal people’s hearts, regardless of how heavy or light the topic is. I think such a belief will help us be more confident too.
Kim NG: It’s impossible not to become increasingly greedy about the ratings for the show as the date for the premiere nears but I also think it’s difficult for an actor to get the chance to work in a drama which has ratings as high as “Queen Seon-deok” – you’re lucky if it happens even once during a lifetime. So rather than the ratings, I want to hear that I did good acting in a good production.