Entertainment’s elder statesman and veteran beloved actor Lee Soon Jae (77) is well-known for taking the acting profession and craft VERY seriously. Known to be a supportive colleague and sunbae, he’s also notorious for telling it like it is about younger actors! (You can do that when you’ve lived that long, are respected, and have a string of movies, dramas, plays to your name!) He created a lot of buzz last year when he called out Jang Geun Suk’s handlers for not doing a good job of scheduling, preparing, and being on time for filming. It wasn’t a diss to Geunsuk or his acting, but tied to an overall sentiment that young people these days should take things more seriously. In a recent interview, he talked about “unprepared” idol-turned-actors, but also expressed affection for younger actors, and mentioned our Actor Lee Seunggi…
Scolding from Lee Soon Jae
English: LSGfan. Source: Busan
[April 14, 2012] Actor Lee Soon Jae is well-known for saying the hard-truths to young actors. Related talk about this also came up during a recent interview on April 6 for the play, ‘Father.’
“I’m not critical of all actors who began as idol singers. I’m just critical of those actors who don’t do a proper job. I don’t like it when acting isn’t taken seriously and idols are used for commercial purposes. It takes years to prepare as a singer, yet how come that’s not the case with acting? I don’t understand why that happens in this area? It’s hard even after majoring for 4 years in a theater and film department. This is an insult to the acting profession.”
Lee Soon Jae stated that many of these idol singer actors think they’re simply “going to learn on the filming set.” Of course there are opportunities to learn new things and develop while filming, however, he said it was irresponsible and careless to for those who think they’re going to simply learn during filming despite not having properly prepared beforehand.
However, Lee Soon Jae was also generous in his affection and praise for young actors. “Smart, and a good grasp on understanding. I’m currently filming ‘The King’ with Lee Seung Gi and he is very keenly aware of things. You know, kids these days are good-looking and have a good physique.” [edited]
Like that of entertainment’s veteran elder statesman, he also had some advice. “An actor can continue working as he/she gets older. Kids these days make a lot of money, and don’t have to worry about their livelihood like we did when we were younger. It’s great that they can choose good projects, as well as projects they want. However, young actors don’t continue to act if they make money now. That can be disappointing.”
Affection for acting and and self-respect and pride for the acting profession. His reason for scolding rookie actors. Having a senior veteran like this in the play and drama industry is a huge blessing and asset to young actors.
He’s 77. He lived during a different time, unlike the affluent life many entertainers enjoy now. I mean celebs in their 20s are ranking as top earners in K-entertainment, so I get where he’s coming from. Which makes his compliments about smart and sensible younger actors all the more striking! You know, since grandpas can be sorta cranky, while still being sweet. They always love to give their 2 cents! And coming from Lee Soon Jae, it’s definitely very worth it! Of course, fans can never can get enough of the praise and love for Seunggi from other veterans and public figures!
Ok people, I can ONLY imagine how nervous Seunggi felt at working with Lee Soon Jae in The King 2 Hearts! Not only is he acting with a senior veteran, Lee Soon Jae’s character is that of SECRETARY to the king! The Lee Jaeha character requires Seunggi (25) to speak rudely and antagonistically to Lee Soon Jae (77) all the time! Omg, I could never talk to my grandparents like that! And considering Korea’s strict adherence to honorifics and etiquette associated with age, to me, this aspect alone has been one of the impressive markers of Seunggi’s performance of Lee Jaeha.
Seunggi’s always been the youngest on drama sets, like in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and Brilliant Legacy, but with this drama, he’s like WAY the youngest and among a sea of acting veterans! Sure, I know the ratings outcome has made all TK2H fans “Ah, STRESS~~!”… but I think Airens now fully understand what Seunggi meant early on when he said no matter what the outcome, this will be one of the most amazing and awesome experiences he’s had doing a drama.
So from hereon, despite the ups and downs, no matter what, let’s super appreciate the dignified acting, due diligence, and awesome chemistry on and off-set of Actor Lee Seunggi and the entire cast, as well as the production team! That’s the stuffs which last and are remembered for a long time about the actors and the drama, especially considering how the landscape of K-entertainment changes on a dime.
The King 2 Hearts~~ Fighting!
Love this BTS photo of detail-oriented Seunggi noticing that this not a solid black tie!
And I still can’t get over all the fun, relaxed BTS cuts and photos! I can’t believe this is the BTS of that dramatic hallway walk with the entourage, his first as king! I love how the actors are really able to switch it on and off during the seriously heavy scenes!
Images: MBC, MBC cupitter, Naver
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