Chuno: The Daegil appreciation post

I recently joined a group on Facebook dedicated to the drama Chuno. If you are an avid user of Facebook and a fan of Chuno, I highly recommend it. This group will keep you updated on news about Chuno’s cast, such as Oh ji Ho, Lee Da Hae, and obviously our Jang Hyuk but more importantly, they keep the love for this wonderful drama alive! Yes! In that little haven, Chuno lives forever so you can indulge in your obsession for all eternity lol! No, but seriously, the main reason to join, is that this group of fans, is a seriously cool bunch 😉 Our Lady G is a member so, that says it all, right? JOIN HERE NOW

As a little present for our new friends I wanted to post this quotes that Gumi translated for us. These are quotes from Chuno’s writer, the director and KBS Drama President about Jang Hyuk and his role in creating Daegil. It gives us some insight as to what contributed to make Chuno, so special. A wonderful committed actor, and the creatives who recognize talent, embrace it and let it shine.

Chuno script with notes

Chuno script with notes from Jang Hyuk (can he be more nerdy? ;))

Writer Chun Sung Il 

Can you comment on Jang Hyuk’s acting?

At the beginning, there was a point. A point and another point meet to form a line. The line meets another line and form a plane, and another plane, and another. Daegil was a line in my head and became a plane on the script. Jang Hyuk made Daegil three dimensional. No, he did more than that!

Sounds like the highest complement you can give as a writer. Can you give an example?

There was certain moments I felt Jang Hyuk was a real good actor. This actor Jang Hyuk, changed the feeling or order of wording on the script. The most heart piercing lines in “Chuno” all went through Jang Hyuk’s revision. There was a line “I will live with you forever” and Jang Hyuk switched it to “I will live forever..with you”. Jang Hyuk didn’t “act” Daegil, he became Daegil.

Director Kwak Jung-Hwan 

After the casting, when we had the first meeting, he (Jang Hyuk) already had all the lines memorized. We were trying to do pre filming so there were already 8 episodes of script out, and he memorized them all. That is the first time he surprised me. And as the filming went on,Jang Hyuk was pondering about every scene at every moment, even more than the director, to the point of almost embarrassing the director. He pondered not only about the character of Daegil but about the overall flow, and what kind of emotion Daegil should carry at that particular point of the overall flow.

KBS Drama President Lee Eung Jin

There is a saying “You get crazy, only if you are crazy”. In Chuno, the one who got crazy because he is crazy was Jang Hyuk. Compliments can make a whale dance, and it can make an actor “crazy”. Attracted by the writer’s script and the director’s picture audience started sending compliments and Jang Hyuk started dancing like a killer whale and his eyes started revealing crazy passion. Seeing Jang Hyuk acting now, we can all feel that he is crazy for his slave hunter Daegil.

9 responses to “Chuno: The Daegil appreciation post

  1. I own 2 copies and have watched this drama at least 8 times! Jang Hyuk is the consumate actor!

  2. It’s just that I’m dying to read those notes.

  3. I’ve always felt that’s what makes a truly great actor; when they become the character rather than play the character. I’m really impressed with his character analysis and level of professionalism. I can’t say I’m surprised. We can see the results of his hard work with the final product. When I read something like this it makes me wish I pursued acting. It’s a beautiful artform where everyone reaps the benefits.

  4. Lee dae gil heaven??? Off to join now!

  5. In fact…I immediately thought of this article when tying these things together. 😀 Quoting from one of the blog posts by Gumi here on ‘The Flu’…this was said of Jang Hyuk from Director Kim Sung Soo:

    “Jang Hyuk is not just a ‘real man’, but he’s a ‘real person’.” Kim Sung Soo shared some episodes about Jang Hyuk, and said “I felt happy and lucky as a director to be able to work with him.”
    “… As an actor, and as a person, Jang Hyuk is amazing. I got to re-evaluate him and learned a lot from him.”

  6. Aww, thanks so much for the shout-out, Dramafan! That’s so sweet. I really blushed. LOL.

    They say some awesome, flattering things about him. And I believe they are all true. Jang Hyuk knows the soul of all his characters, that’s why they always have such depth, even if there are similarities or the drama may not do so well. I also like that he is constantly spoken of so highly. It reminds me of American actor Bill Bixby, every character he played on all his TV shows were amazing, and he put his heart into each role (Often the perfectionist and a true professional, as I believe Jang Hyuk is too. I mean, look at the notes! The script memorization! Wow!) Bixby’s co-star, Brandon Cruz, from ‘The Courtship of Eddie’s father’ later said this about him: “There are guys around Hollywood who are so well-liked, you couldn’t pay people to say bad things about them. Bill was one of those guys.”

    I believe the same applies to Jang Hyuk in Hallyu. 😀

    • Bill Bixby from The Hulk? I did not know he was so appreciated by his peers. That is beautiful. You always have great stories to share Lady G 🙂 Always a pleasure reading you

      • Yes, he’s my favorite American TV actor. Like Jang Hyuk, I feel every role on TV he played was gold, even if the show didn’t last so long. He was known to be one of the nicest men in Hollywood. Thanks so much! I try with my rambles. See, I tied 2 totally unrelated things together. LOL.

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