January 7, 2009
Welcome back! Ready for 2009 Jung II-woo delights? Here we go!
Jung II-woo along with the cast attended this event that was held at a Seoul Theater. The points that stood out that related to Jung II-woo were about his journey as an actor in portraying the role, and how well would it do after SBS had released “Iljimae” about 6 months the previous year.
Jung II-woo talked about his journey, about training physically for 7 hours a day, and about shedding weight and his Yoon-ho smile. The director said that one of the things he liked about Jung II-woo that was similar to Iljimae, was that both came from privileged good parents. (In the case of Iljimae he is referring to his adoptive parents!) He said that Jung II-woo went on to endure hardship training and filming in the cold including sickness and that in that way it could compare to Iljimae’s own path of training and hardships.
The director Hwang In-roi, that when hearing that SBS would tackle the same subject and get air time before his project worried him a bit. But he stated that “The Return of Iljimae” would be different. SBS’s Iljimae did not have the rights to the original story and it concentrated more on the events surrounding his heroic life, while MBC owned the rights and they had kept close to the original story outlining not only his heroic side but a closer look at Iljimae’s personal life.
A really good article in English:
Return of Iljimae meets the press by Dramabeans.
Here are a some videos I found:
And photos. There are so many!!! Get ready for some serious Jung II-woo eye candy! I will first do a summary of some and then include the rest below. Photo Cr. MBC and on photos.