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

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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 Boxing Philosophy


In “Bad Papa” (currently airing) Jang Hyuk plays Yoo Ji Chul, a former Championship Boxer with a wife and 17 year-old daughter. He’d suffered a number of setbacks in his life and became a Detective, but his heart wasn’t in the job. His life-long passion’s boxing and supporting his estranged family is his number one priority.

Ji Chul finds an opportunity to make money, but resorts to taking stolen pills that are in a testing phase. While deadly to others, the blue pills enhance Ji Chul’s natural abilities to super-heroic proportions within a three-minute window. He not only becomes a hero after saving a family in a bus wreck, he returns full-force to Boxing and wins back his titles, respect, and family.

There’s plenty of dark moral issues to deal with. By taking the pills, Ji Chul’s cheating in the ring big time and lying to his family and friends. He’s covering up murder, and the pills may slowly be killing him.

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One of the blue pill’s not-so-pretty side effects!

Ji Chul’s getting red flags and warnings from all sides to stop, especially from his own twisted conscience, but the lure’s too great…

And that’s where we’ve left off biting our nails for the upcoming episodes!

Most fans know that Jang Hyuk has practiced and excelled in Jeet Kune Do , a form of Martial Arts created by the legendary Bruce Lee. But Jang Hyuk’s also been a semi-professional boxer for just as long. Meaning, while he doesn’t have a career in boxing, it’s more than just a hobby.


(Check out those skills in a gif from Robbers.)

Jang Hyuk’s dream was to play a Boxer, and his wish was granted fully with Bad Papa. But past roles featured boxing as well. In Robbers (2008) Jang Hyuk played Oh Joon, a former boxer turned con-man. The focus isn’t on his old boxing career, however, it’s falling in love and redemption.


He was a boxer in the drama short Old Goodbye with Jang Nara. And lets not forget in the recent Wok of Love he played his character Chil-Sung’s doomed father, appearing on a retro-Boxing poster and in a quick flashback in the boxing ring.

In an interview for The Korea Times after Money Flower ended, Jang Hyuk likened boxing to being on a drama or movie set. He’s carried over boxing principles to help guide him while filming.

“A set is like two actors hiding what they have and facing each other in the ring. Under immense tension, they exchange punches and counter punches. If there is no tension while shooting a drama, how can we expect it to draw viewers?”

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Ji Chul snaps back to reality after causing his opponent a grave injury.

We all know how Jang Hyuk amps up the tension in any scene. With just a twist of his mouth or a flicker in his eye he deftly reveals the deeper emotions within his characters. No one can ever accuse him of playing cardboard cut-out roles.

One of the biggest lessons he’s learned from boxing is fierce endurance. Even when conditions on the set are troublesome, or he’s exhausted and wants to give up and go home, he continues to fight his way to the end of the film shoot. Jang Hyuk’s passionate about doing his best at all times, and it shows in all his performances.

Read the full interview by Park Jin-Hai at The Korea Times:

“Every film set is my Boxing Ring”

Sep 2015 Filming of Guerilla Date – Fan videos and pics

Hi! Jang Hyuk was seen filming an interview for the show Guerilla Date.  These interviews always take place on the street giving the opportunity to the audience to get close to the stars. Here is a collection of videos and pictures those LUCKY bast… generous people shared on their instagram and twitter.

Credit: caizuanwang on Instagram

And the winner for cutest picture ever is….Credit: awake_in on Instagram

The credit is on the image and it was shared on JH DC Gallery.

It looks like Hyukie liked this photo shop he shared it as well on his instagram. Follow him @ajincome.

JH DC Gallery.

JH DC Gallery.

JH DC Gallery

Credit: minji_4 on Instagram

Credit: awake_in on instagram

Credit: skky_y on Instagram


[Interview] Fated to be an actor, Jang Hyuk creates something out of nothing


written by Kim Eun Young, photo by Kim Il Kwon.
translated by Gumi.

“I have nothing…then, I should make something.”

When you are not a teenager anymore, you realize that it is easier said than done to love and enjoy your own career. But actor Jang Hyuk is accomplishing that for 20 years already, he makes me impressed and curious. Second time interviewing Jang Hyuk, he was still the ‘passionate actor’ who loves his work, and was still emanating his boiling passion. I couldn’t help but ask. What makes your heart beat like this. But his answer was unexpected. “Nothing. If there’s nothing, I should make something.” Here’s a story of Jang Hyuk who creates something out of nothing.

Variety shows, movies, dramas…endless projects could easily wear one out, but ‘flame actor’ Jang Hyuk boasted his energy saying “I’m still in the age when one can chew on steel.” His such battery-like (?) stamina probably is based on his years of work-out, but more importantly it’d be because of his passion that makes him yearn to “run to the filming site, as soon as a project is over.” Jang Hyuk who just finished MBC <Fated to Love You> seemed to have already gotten rid of fatigue from live-shooting. A man who smiles saying he’s grateful and happy that he can do next project, he has colleagues to work with. We heard some behind story from Jang Hyuk, the one fated to be an actor.

*You are working continuously, from a movie to a drama…aren’t you tired? Is it manageable.

Ah, of course. I’m still lively. (laughs) It is tiring, but I love it that I can act. It’s really fun to be able to keep create something When I start a project, I feel like ‘when is this going to be over’ but one week after it’s done, I just want to be back on filming site. How strange. (laughs)

*You returned to rom-com after a long time, and got good responses and ratings was also good. You must have felt relieved.

My last rom-com was SSoBG, so that’s over a decade ago. So I wanted to do a rom-com. But didn’t want to do a cliche boring one. I watched FTLY original, and it felt like ‘old’ classic rom-com. I felt like this kind of classic rom-com might actually be fresh in this era. As we filmed, Nara and director Lee Dong Yoon settled ‘Lee Gun’ character down well. I feel like I’ve met a very rare, great team. I was physically tired because I couldn’t sleep, but mentally excited and entertained. (laughs)”

*The drama was packed with ad-libs. Were they all your idea?

As I analyzed the script, I gave it a lot of thoughts. I tried comedy, and then tried it with seriousness as I practiced. Too funny wouldn’t do, too serious also wouldn’t do…balance was important. Maybe because I’m not good enough for that, but I can’t really do it as the script says. (laughs) There’s something you should do in the position of an actor, so I tried adding some of my creations onto the script. Of course, we discussed it together and built it together.

*Lee Gun’s laughter was very impressive, it got a lot of attention. Some viewers even said the laughter was haunting them. (laughs) How did that laugh get created?

I tried that laugh the first time during our first reading. In movie <Age of Innocence> I got the role ‘Lee Bang Won’, and that characters laughs in front and plans a scheme in the back. While I filmed it I laughed a lot. Of course it’s not the same toned laugh, but as I analyzed LG I just thought what if I laugh like this? so I tried it in the reading and everybody loved it. I didn’t know it will get this much attention. (laughs)

*You worked with JNR again after 12 years. She gave full points to your chemistry, what do you think?

During SSBG time, it was a shame that we were too busy to have any conversation. So I was glad to be able to work with her again. Nara has very good sense. There are some people with whom it just works out well, even if you don’t have prior rehearsal. Nara was like that. It was comfortable.

*In melo acting, breathing with the partner is important. Any know-how for that?

I have two. First is trying to make her want to work with me again. Actor is a job which you have to be constantly ‘picked-up’ by others. I want to make the partner feel like I have potential as an actor. That’s how I can work with her again in next projects to come. Second is to be as nice to my partner as possible. It’s not to gain something from the other, but to be able to walk together. If you open your hearts to each other and walk together, you can have a great teamwork.

*You are in late 30s and still fit to play in a rom-com. Rom-com is a genre that can be harder as you age.

I actually don’t think so, I think rom-com actually fits well more aged actors. Because they know more about love, and are more flexible with life. They have broader range of expressions. I think it will have different charm if I do rom-com again in mid to late 40s. If you look at some foreign films, there are a lot more older actors acting in rom-coms. I think my age is a perfect fit for a rom-com…(laughs)

*Not only the female lead, but you are one of the best actors in terms of chemistry with other actors, main or supporting roles. Do you value ensemble a lot on site.

Of course. Ensemble is what kills and saves an actor. No matter how impressive your acting is alone, if others’ acting around him doesn’t support him that acting can’t survive. Even if Al Pacino came, he wouldn’t be able to lead 20 episodes by himself. You give and take, give and take, and that nurtures the acting. If the supporting actors around don’t give him the exact position, lead actor cannot lead the show alone. I think the ideal ensemble is not 8:2 or 7:3, it’s 5:5.

*You have acted countless characters, do you create them by yourself.

Rather than creation, I think it is understanding and acceptance. When people empathize or get convinced while watching movies are dramas, it’s because they accept the character and the story. When we make relationship with others, it’s important to try to understand them even if they have different personality than me. I look at how that character lived, and try to understand and accept him, and express him through acting.

*You have acted for a long time, acting various projects, genres, characters. Don’t you ever get sick of acting after such long career.

Never. I guess it’s because it’s only been 20 years. Ask me again when it has been 30, 40 years. Right now, I’m at the age when you can chew on steel (laughs).

*Looks like you are all out on everything you do.

My previous acting told me: there’s no one else who doesn’t have anything like you. I don’t have anything now either. I have nothing. When I was a rookie, someone I know told me. ‘Are you as good-looking as Jung Woo Sung? Are you as funny as Cha Tae Hyun? You have nothing.’ It sounded so right. I don’t have anything, so I should create something. In trying to make something, I guess I developed tendency to go all out. My passion is the same as when I just had my debut. My body aged a little. (laughs) I’m just really grateful now. I can go on working on next project, and express yet another character. For an actor, the fact that there’s an next project you can act is a very thankful thing.

Fated to love you – Section TV interview – translation by Gumi


JNR said she was sad but also excited. She was excited about how she will maintain and develop relationship with the people she met thru the drama.

CJH said they had the best atmosphere on the filming site ever.

JH did his Gunnie laugh for everyone.

JNR said staffs and Jang Hyuk sunbaenim all treated her so well, so preciously, just as if they were treating MiYoung.

Q: How do you grade your chemistry with Jang Hyuk out of 100?
JNR: 10,000!

Q: If there’s an offer to work with JNR again?
JH: Oh, sold!

My character was very hyper and up in the air, and Jang Nara made it shine. Without Jang Nara’s realistic acting my character wouldn’t have worked.

Oh and our dear Mr.Park of hamohamo duo…he revealed his top secret. He was supposed to come out only until Ep5….but due to his popularity ended up surviving till Ep20 lol.

Mr. Tak said his thank you to Jang Hyuk for taking care of him.

CJH chose the scene where Daniel turns his car around to send MY off to Gunnie as the most memorable scene.

JNR said “Bed scene?” and laughed. They showed various bed scenes and caption said “Too many be scenes, not sure which one she is referring to…”

JH chose the scene in Jeju island where LG and MY have conversation about fate. How fate is nothing special, it is just loving the person in front of you, etc.