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Jang Hyuk interview: About Lee Bangwon’s fan, his next drama and his family time

Thanks Prettysup for posting this on Soompi JH thread. Please visit it for more JH news and fangirling. I also added some more excerpts translated by Jane on IG.


Jang Hyuk “Unprecedented emotional Lee Bang-won, great pleasure to create”

The name of actor Jang Hyuk, 44, has been engraved in the historical drama’s beloved character “Lee Bang-won Club”, joining other actors who had previously given impressive performances of this person. Jang Hyuk has once again created a new character in the viewers’ minds that appear whenever Lee Bang-won’s name is mentioned.

Q : Which was the hardest scene in this work?

A : Every single scene. In every scene, we have to constantly calculate and agonize whether should I turn this way or that way? Should I show my front or my back? Should I hold a sword or my fan with me?

Q : Lee Bang-won holding a fan is something new. Is this in the original script?

A : I just brought one from somewhere (laughing). Kim Gyu-ri painted a picture on the fan, she has been painting folktales since “Beauty”. I said, “It will be nice if there is something that reminds you of Lee Bang-won’s feelings, can you draw a picture for me?” So she did a lyrical portrayal of a full moon and bamboo swaying in the wind. I liked the picture, so I decided to use it as a prop.

Q : Can you say the scene burning the fan at the end was almost ad lib?

A : Yes, when I burn the fan, my mind will be thinking “Everyone dies”.

Q : Will you play Lee Bang-won again in another film?

A : I don’t know yet. After ‘The Age of Innocence’ was over, I wanted to do it again, but now I don’t know. I’m not saying that I’m done with Lee Bang-won already, but I’m wondering if I can show viewers something else. Not right now, but I think the story of Lee Bang-won after becoming king will be another interesting one.

Q : We only have a month left this year, what’s your year-end plan?

A : I will be doing next year’s work (OCN drama ‘Tell Me What You Saw’)(laughing) We’ll be shooting from early December.

Q : Don’t you need time to recharge, such as travel or rest?

A : I’m going to recharge at the scene. Haha. It’s different, we’re going to a different scene. I enjoy my work. Happiness is not the only pleasure. Sometimes there are annoying, angry, and stuffy parts, but I feel like my day is thicker when I’m on the scene. Sometimes, when I meet a wall (problem) at the scene, I feel frustrated, but I enjoy the process of solving it.

Q : When did you start to enjoy being at the scene ?

A : Of course it wasn’t from the beginning. There were times when I wished there were no walls, and there was a feeling of pain when I bumped into them. I’ve been boxing for a long time, and if I want to hit, I have to get hit first. After a painful time, even the match becomes fun at some point. I think acting is just as hard and fun as I get through it.

Q: You will be playing the role of genius profiler Oh Hyun-jae in the next project. I wonder what kind of character it will be?

A : Director Kim Hong-sun, who directed “Voice 1,” gave me an offer. Looking at the script, the process of solving the case looks good and the character was fun. This is a character that is on the opposite side of Lee Bang-won. In comparison to animals, if Lee Bang-won feels like a tiger, Oh Hyun-jae is like a hawk. He identifies his target, hovers round and round, and catches the person when he gets the chance.

Q: These days, more celebrities are communicating with the public outside of their acting, such as through YouTube and SNS.

A : I’m on SNS too, but I’m not active. I think I should have my own time. I have a job to do, but I think I should have my own time.

Q : What do you usually do in your own time?

A : Work in the office (laughs). After work, practice boxing in the gym, go home, drink a beer and watch a movie after putting kids to bed, take the youngest to kindergarten in the morning. My eldest son is playing soccer, and if there is a match, I will go watch him. That’s the routine.

Q : It’s like a typical father’s routine.

A : It is not exemplary, haha. My father went abroad for a long time when I was a child because of his construction work. I only get to meet him for a month within a year, and even when he was in Korea, he will be busy going to local sites. That was the case with most fathers at that time. Because I felt my father’s absence, time spent with my family is precious. When the child grows older, his friends will come first before his parent. It is not long before my kids reach that, so now everyday is happiness.

Q: Are you still “passionate” Jang Hyuk?

A: While filming “Volcano High” I wrote “passion” on a chair on the set and “passionate” on “Jungle Juice” (laughs). I feel the same back then and now. I guess that’s what I wanted to mark then. I seemed to only have passion. And I think it’s the same now. I have some worries about how I will go forward and what will I leave behind. Plus the mind of “giving the best as much as I know” is the same as well.

Q: What words would you use if you carved a phrase in your chair now?

A: Well…I just want to say “enjoy it”


Jang Hyuk’s baby pictures

Jang Hyuk was the main guest on the show “Knee drop Guru” this week. During the interview they showed this baby picture of him, that I had not seen before. So I decided to post it with some more better known images. You can tell from the stains and scratches, that this kid, was not a quiet one 😉

UPDATE: They published more baby pictures on this site: http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=106&oid=420&aid=0000000483

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Jang Hyuk participates in UNICEF project – “Hope with Stars”

I saw these news about Jang Hyuk’s participation on a UNICEF campaign and thought it would be a good idea to share it here. I’ve seen the news in korean publications but as you know, my korean is still non existent! :p hey! I can barely handle the english (my spanish is pretty good, if you ever need me to translate something, I’ll gladly help) but just by looking at this video and photos of Jang Hyuk drawing faces on some dolls I knew it had to be something cool 😉

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I saw real Hyukie!

So yes, I went to 6/22 fan autograph signing event. My ultimate goal this summer was to see real Hyukie, so I kinda accomplished my goal! The details of the event itself is probably not interesting…so I’ll just briefly share my impression on Jang Hyuk in real person.

Unfortunately, I don’t remember him signing autograph for me. I know it sounds totally ridiculous but I forgot it as soon as I walked out. I guess it was just so unreal that my brain couldn’t process it? lol. I seriously do not remember how he looked like, how his voice sounded like, how his hand felt like. Arghhhh. But I did see him signing others for quite a long time, so my impression is based on that.

He looks exactly like how he does in videos, but somehow looks better in person than in camera.

I know this kinda doesn’t make sense…but that’s what I felt…Feature-wise, he is exactly what he appears to be on-screen. He has pretty eyes, sharp nose, opened-in-triangular shape-mouth. He is not any fatter or skinnier, not older or younger, paler or more tanned than what he looks like on the screen. (well he did look taller than what he appears to be on-screen, but then also looked smaller. It doesn’t make sense, right? But yeah, that’s what I felt)

But then he has this weird thing I can’t explain that makes you want to stare at him, and makes you happy while you stare at him. It’s the air he carries. The way he moves and smiles and shines his eyes and nods. Everything looks so sincere and serious, that you can’t help but find his every small action so lovely.  I think even if he didn’t become an actor, he would’ve been loved by many people, by people around him.

He was sitting there signing to much more than hundred people, but he didn’t look mechanical at all. He was actually making interactions with every single one of those people.

So when I told him I came from the U.S. to watch his movie this summer, he looked impressed and showed interest by asking where in the states I was from. He also said, “Oh, but the schedule got postponed…”  and had this ‘I’m sorry’ smile on him. Yes, The Flu was originally supposed to be released in June, but got postponed to August, but awww that’s none of your fault, sweetie! I told him “It’s ok! I’ll be here all summer!”

There was one Chinese fan who brought him a small gift box. He opened it on spot, and found a bracelet inside. Seeing it, he held up his arm for her and let her put that bracelet on his wrist. It was just so awwwwww. What can be happier for a fan than your star using your gift? And plus she got to have this intimate interaction with him, aww, that was just too sweet and made me super jealous. He also read her brief letter, written in Korean, on spot, and his gaze was so genuinely sincere. I was like, stupid me why didn’t I write him a ten page letter?

The way he treated little children was really too adorable as well. There were some little kids, their moms brought them apparently, and whenever it was those little kids’ turn to get autograph, I could just feel Hyukie’s warmth from 100m away. He bends over a little, put his eyes on the same eye level of the little ones, looks straight into their eyes and smiles and treats them in extremely soft and gentle and caring way. Anyone without background info could tell he’s a father, there’s no way a childless man could be that soft and caring. But even if a man has his own children, that doesn’t necessarily mean he likes other children as well. But I could just tell Jang Hyuk loves little children, finds them lovely, and seeing him like that was really too lovely.

Until the moment he left, he was nice and courteous to all his fans. When he was walking toward elevators, he made eye contacts to the fans around (I got one, yipee) and smiled and bowed. When he was standing in front of the elevator, people surrounded him and took pictures. Personally I found that scene a little overwhelming, but Hyukie was poised, he kept looking around for those who were standing there to see him, smiled and greeted them. Even when he got on the van to leave, he lowered his window and waved at the fans. During the entire event, I felt like he was not seeing us as one big mass called “fans”, but seeing us as individuals who happen to love him and support him, and to whom he is grateful. I somehow sensed that respect he held to us, and it felt good to be respected.

So yes, I saw real Jang Hyuk, and he looks exactly as he does on-screen, but carries this soft, warm, gentle, lovely air around him.