[NEWS] 120813 「Dr. JIN」JYJ’s Jaejoong, shedding the skin of (growing out of) an idol, and putting on that of an actor.
※ This article contains spoiler for the drama’s finale.
JYJ’s Jaejoong , has shed the idol’s skin (status) and put on that of an “actor”.
In the final episode of <Dr. Jin> that aired on the evening of the 12th, the most conspicuous character was Kim Kyung-tak (Jaejoong). Kyung-tak, on that day, in order to save Jin Hyuk (Song Seung Hun) and Young-rae (Park Ming Young), cast away his own life without hesitation, and caught the French soldiers’ sword with his whole body.
Jaejoong’s expression, acting with sadness in his reddened eyes, and Kyung-tak expressing the painful pure love until the very last moment by saying “No matter what they say, you are mine, my woman.” right before his death, touched (the viewers’) hearts. Not only that, in the scene where Jaejoong was trying to avenge his father by aiming for Ha-eung’s (Lee Beom Soo) life, he portrayed Kyung-tak’s inability to control his anger-driven feelings with frantic gazes.
Since 2004, debuting as a member of TVXQ, Jaejoong, who has been in the position of top idol, accelerated activities as a serious actor after the formation of JYJ in 2010. Although he received the assessment of “exceeding expectation” for his debut role in <Protect the Boss>, his choice of a period drama, <Dr. Jin> as his next project had invited a lot of skepticism.
The focus of attention was on how far Jaejoong, who debuted as an idol and had not a lot of acting experience, can go in terms of acting in a period drama where one has to pay attention to all the finest details from pronunciation to tone. Jaejoong worked hard relentlessly. He was always the first to arrive at the filming location, and despite having a hard schedule that allowed him to go home for only about 10 times in 3 months, he practiced acting in the van, where he took naps.
Even with the high expectation he received, Jaejoong was able to exceed that expectation with great flourish. He portrayed with diversity, using his deep gazes, a tragic officer named Kyung-tak who was hurt by people he loved, whose life fell apart due to his harsh fate. As the drama progressed, the worries and skepticism toward him turned into favorable opinions.
Similar to Kim Kyung-tak, Jaejoong’s gazes that express loneliness became one of the biggest strength that he has as an actor. In addition, having been a singer his stable pronunciation is fitting for a performer, and enabled him to make his emotional acting to shine even more. He has cast off the limit of “idol turned actor”, and his next step has already gathered a lot of interest.
Original Article: August 13th 2012 by reporter Kim Nayoun of OSEN
Japanese Article: K-Style
Translated by: Starfieldsho @ PrinceJJ
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