The appearance of the main leads of the MBC’s new Mon-Tues drama “Ripley” has fallen through and that is attracting attention.
According to multiple drama affiliates on the 3rd, Kim Seungwoo, Kang Hyejung, Lee Dahae, Park Yoochun and such Ripley’s main cast have examined appearing in “Come to Play” from the middle of last month in anticipation of the first airing of the drama.
Even Kim Seungwoo, whose possibility of filming “Come to Play” had been uncertain due to his filming of “On a Rol,l” had made it so that he’d appear in “Come to Play.” While discussing the appearance of the 4 people, however, the Ripley cast received the answer from the producers pf whether it would be okay for them if only the 3 excluding Park Yoochun could appear. The affiliates explained that in the end, the entire case had decided to treat the appearance in “Come to Play” as something that never happened.
Park Yoochun, who has withdrawn from TVXQ and is now active as a member of JYJ, has switched into acting after, and is receiving attention by being cast on the level of leads in last year’s KBS 2TV’s “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” and this year’s “Ripley.” However, after his dispute with his management agency, Park Yoochun, despite the continued appearance in dramas, is hardly able to appear in variety programs of the 3 (main and public) companies, including MBC. Even when he was the lead in “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” it was difficult to find him in KBS’s variety programs.
At this, there are some speculations as to whether the former agency SM’s influence has been at work. However, even within the same broadcast company the positions are different, such as between the variety department and the drama department. The other broadcast affiliate did not spare his criticism, saying “Does one need to be wary of and catering to the mega-entertainment (T/N: literally, attempt to read one’s mind in order to do what he wants) even for the promotion of the drama of their own company?”
At this, an affiliate of “Come to Play” explained: “Because there was already much material already filmed that are waiting to be aired and so it was not easy to adjust the schedule, the Ripley team came to be unable to film Come to Play.”