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 [KD] KBS speaks about Myung-wol the Spy’s future at press conference

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PostSubject: [KD] KBS speaks about Myung-wol the Spy’s future at press conference   Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:48 am

KBS speaks about Myung-wol the Spy’s future at press conference

KBS held an emergency press conference on the 16th at their broadcast station, to address the issue of Han Ye-seul’s departure from Monday-Tuesday drama Myung-wol the Spy.

  • Presiding was KBS’s drama department chief, Go Young-tak, as well as other executives EP Lee Kang-hyun and CP Jung Sung-hyo.
  • Their official stance was that Han acted “irresponsibly” and
    independently, in such a way that they can’t tolerate the reason for her
    actions. Go stated that the station “cannot accept that she refused to
    shoot based on discord with producers.”
  • Go called Han’s reasons for leaving the drama — the killer schedule
    and the late, piecemeal script deliveries — “an excuse” because “Myung-wol the Spy‘s schedule is not more arduous than other dramas.”
  • He denied that the drama was behind schedule or putting out script
    pages late. The scripts were released in bound form, not loose pages
    (loose pages is what happens when they’re so behind that the writer
    churns out pages rather than full scripts at a time). (Note: There were
    previous rumors that the drama was already in loose-script mode.)
  • CP Jung confirmed that Han made the request early on for a five-day
    workweek and stated that they made concessions to reduce her schedule
    and let her out of shoots to film CFs, but also stated that the reality
    of live-shooting dramas requires the lead actress to shoot long hours.
  • CP Jung added that Han didn’t want to act with certain actors, and
    scripts were revised when she didn’t want to do physical gags. “We did
    everything she asked.”
  • CP Lee said that he spoke with Han on the phone on the 13th, who
    said that the producers were ostracizing her on set. Lee told her that
    it didn’t make sense for producers to alienate their leading actress,
    and that they were probably just upset that she was late.
  • Lee added that Han had a positive reaction prior to the broadcast.
    “However, after seeing Episodes 1 and 2, she seemed dissatisfied with
    the result, which didn’t live up to her expectations. She also had
    complaints about her character, such as the physical gags and the
    personality that was limited to cheerfulness.”
  • KBS stated their intention to see the drama through the end.
  • A new actress will be brought in to replace Han if necessary.
  • Go added, “Actually, KBS was waiting for Han Ye-seul to return
    through it all. If she returned by Sunday night, the Monday broadcast
    would have been possible, and if she returned Monday the Tuesday
    broadcast would have been possible. Even now, although we don’t expect
    that she’ll return to Korea, if she were able to film Episode 13 and the
    situation could continue as planned, we would consult with the
    production company. If that’s the best [Han could offer], we would
    choose it.”

Han Ye-seul upon arrival in LA

Other points:

  • As of the 15th, less than 50% of this week’s intended episodes had been filmed.
  • Monday’s episode was pre-empted for a (pointless) special, which was
    basically the drama’s first 10 episodes condensed into the hour in an
    extended highlight reel.
  • The drama resumed shoots on the 16th with the other cast members.
    Apparently they intend to air an episode as scheduled for Tuesday
    evening. (How they will manage that, I have no idea.)
  • Han’s early-morning arrival in LA on the 16th was confirmed, and she spoke with an SBS program, Entertainment Tonight
    upon her arrival to say, “I left everything behind. I hope that as a
    result [of my departure], the other actors will be able to film in a
    better environment.”
  • Production company Lee Kim Productions has stated its intent to go after Han for civil and possibly also penal suits.
  • Han’s own agency, Sidus HQ, also plans to sue for damages, in conjunction with the producers.
  • Advertisers are also likely litigants; some of the companies she has
    been contracted to endorse have also expressed the possibility of
    filing lawsuits.
  • The fate of Han’s next movie, Penny-Pinching Romance with Song Joong-ki, is unclear. The film completed shooting a few months ago and is currently scheduled for a fall release.
  • Rumors are therefore rampant that Han intends to retire. Chances are, that choice is out of her hands now.

Yeah, it looks pretty bad for Han. Keep in mind that we haven’t heard
her side of the story, and perhaps we won’t. And I wish I didn’t have
to say it again, but it never hurts to repeat: Keep comments civil and
keep the mudslinging to a minimum, please. No, scratch that — a minimum
isn’t good enough. Let’s go for zero, shall we?

Via Yonhap News, Star News, TV Report, Star News

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