AnnMichelle (Thank you, as always!!!) already translated this buzzed-about article and netizen comments from Chinese to English at [Tryp96] Na PD Interview “Good to See Lee Seung Gi’s Model Student Complex Disappear”
Since there’s a few nuance differences in the article/comments and in Na PD’s interview excerpt when translated Korean-Chinese-English (and I had already started this^^), here’s another version to read as a supplement. Because factual honest-to-good heartwarming stuff is worth reading again and again!
[September 19, 2015] Na Youngseok PD, “Great to See Lee Seunggi’s Model Student Complex Disappear” (Interview)
English: LSGfan via MyDaily/Naver
Uhm-Chin-Ah (Mom’s Friend’s Son), Ballad Prince, Entertainment’s Brain and more, these are all common descriptors for singer and actor Lee Seunggi. His handsome and smart image capturing passionate female fans with even his image of slight shortcomings (‘Heodang’ ways), makes Lee Seunggi perfect yet with friendly charms.
But in cable channel tvN’s ‘New Journey to the West’ there’s something different about Lee Seunggi. Whether directly commenting on his military service, one of entertainment’s most sensitive topics, or Lee Sugeun’s gambling, even Eun Jiwon’s divorce, he did so without any reservations. He even grabbed veteran sunbae Kang Hodong by the collar in front of the cameras. Indeed, in other words, ‘our Seunggi has changed.’
This kind of transformation in Lee Seunggi feels unfamiliar yet also interesting. Regarding this, Na Youngseok PD expressed, ‘It’s great to see.’ Why, because the process transformation of Lee Seunggi, who debuted as a fresh-faced 18-year old to the Lee Seunggi who has become an entertainment veteran approaching 30, is very natural.
Na PD, “Seunggi first joined ‘1 Night 2 Days’ at the age of 23 (should be 21) and back then he was truly a fresh young adult. I felt the same and so did the general public, we enthusiastically cheered because we liked that image. However as time passed, Lee Seunggi is approaching 30 (in non-Korean age, turns 29 in Jan. 2016) and although I don’t know for certain, but I believe he went through many things during that time. For anyone, there is change as one gets older and as expected, the same is true for Lee Seunggi. Honestly, as we were editing ‘New Journey to the West,’ we even considered whether we should filter some of Seunggi’s straightforward language and behavior, but we concluded that shouldn’t be the case.”
Hard to believe that “Next year, I have to either do military or go to prison” were words straight from Lee SeungGi’s own mouth. His straightforward comments even completely flustered Kang Hodong. It’s as if he had been totally holding out to participate in an internet platform broadcast and charged ahead only looking forward. To the hapless Kang Hodong, Lee Seunggi advised “you can’t have any qualms about anything.” To all of this, Na PD expressed “It’s really great to see.”
Na PD explained, “While a portion of the audience may anticipate him as only being courteous and well-mannered in front of the Hyungs, I wanted to show another side of Lee Seunggi that results with the passing of time. Naturally, Seunggi always had a strict and model student complex for himself. However, more recently, I’ve really enjoyed watching him a bit more free and lenient with himself. It’s great to see that. Rather than being tied to a past image, it’s good to see him showing himself as he is now. Therefore I told Seunggi to ‘comfortably do the show.'”
While it’s great to see the Lee Seunggi singing ballads on stage and the Lee Seunggi gently laughing in advertisements/commercials, seeing Lee Seunggi tease and threaten Kang Hodong on ‘New Journey to the West’ is also refreshing, and leaves us with a favorable impression. As he has become more close and intimate with the public over time, [NJttW] feels as if he has become even more comfortable and natural rather than a sense of betrayal of hidden ways being now shown; thus, his small transformation is great to see. This is the reason we anticipate Lee Seunggi in ‘New Journey to the West,’ the Xuanzang Monk who leads his hyungs. And as expected, Na PD emphasized that we can anticipate Lee Seunggi to match that.
Best Top Comments (on the article)
[+7615, -347] Lee Seunggi is the #1 contributor (#1 reason for public confidence) that has made New Journey to the West daebak. He leaves us with a first strong impression about New Journey to the West.
[+6396, -261] If he gave us gentleness in 1N2D, showing us vivid spirit in New Journey to the West was good to see. He is a person to anticipate and expect in the future as well
[+5413, -241] Seeing him formally equipped to carry the show is really great to see. It’s funny yet also endearing.
[+4524, -216] Seeing him with no fears about change and growth is great to see… I will always support Lee Seunggi!
[+4120, -211] Lee Seunggi having no reservations in New Journey to the West is fun
[+737, -73] He seems like a grounded person and seeing that openly is nice
[+714, -72] Is it because it’s Lee Seunggi, his strong words and behavior doesn’t give off a bad feeling but is fun… I will continue to support him
[+668, -61] Straightforward nature that doesn’t make people feel uncomfortable and not making for a bad mood Seunggi and his signature bright cheerfulness is great to see~ New Journey to the West fighting!! Lee Seunggi fighting
[+636, -62] Lee Seunggi is an intelligent entertainer who perfectly matches and takes on his role in any setting anywhere
[+588, -54] Makes me think seeing Lee Seunggi like this played a role in the success of New Journey to the West. Because it wasn’t excessive and was humorous..ㅎ A young boy has at some point became a charming young man leading his hyungs… hereon, I’ll continue to anticipate his charming manner