MOONLIGHT DRAWN BY CLOUDS

SPORTS DONGHA | PART 2 | 29 OCTOBER 2016

BY Jeon Hyojin | TRANSLATED BY stroppyse

Park Bo Gum: ” ‘It’s Already Fun‘…
Thinking It Was Sarcastic, I Was Nervous.”

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Summer 2016, women’s hearts completely fell for the Crown Prince Lee Yeong in the KBS2 drama ‘Moonlight Drawn By Clouds.

Before he was Lee Yeong, actor Park Bo Gum has his first leading role in tvN drama ‘Answer Me 1988’ and then separately getting the lead role in “Moonlight Drawn By Clouds” and providing entertainment with both, he’s become a star.

However, unlike Lee Yeong who does not ever forget his commanding presence, Park Bo Gum was in an unusual state of lacking self confidence when he met Lee Yeong.

“Usually, I don’t tend to lack self confidence? Instead, at first, I don’t feel any burdens. (smiles) After the movie ‘The Admiral: Roaring Currents’, I kept saying that I wanted to try a sageuk and the Lee Yeong character was very fresh and different.

But then, I was the first person to be cast. After Kim Yoo Jung and Ji Young were cast, my feelings of being burdened increased. I thought I knew what the character of Lee Yeong was like, but I didn’t know how to express it correctly, and fears that I wouldn’t be able to become him completely? I lost focus and it was hard.”

He started feeling the burden of being the ‘lead character’. Park Bo Gum reflected “I had thought that ‘I have to drag this drama and go.’ (That phrase means that he felt that he had to anchor and carry the drama as the lead.) But that was a mistaken assumption.  That was an incorrect thought.” 

“My family, my seniors at the agency advised that ‘I am not the main character’ .

Then Shin Won Ho PD’s words came to mind. Before the first broadcast, he gathered the ‘Answer Me’ family and said ‘Let’s not focus on the rise or fall of the drama’s popularity and just do well. Whoever the husband is, each of you is a leading character’.

Who was I that I should receive love was what I wondered. That I was thinking that I had to carry the drama was itself the entirely wrong thing to think. Each in their own place doing their best to have the one intent of making the drama is what I have learned.”

Different to his worries, the reaction was explosive. So many of the drama lines and scenes continued to be parodied.

When told that viewer reactions were good from the initial episodes with comments like ‘Already it’s fun’ , Park Bo Gum commented “Ah! When I first heard comments like that, I thought they were being sarcastic.”

“ ‘Already it’s fun’ reading reviews like this, I thought ‘I really have to do this well.’  (ha ha laughs)

Of course, as the drama starts, this is something that positive that they try to say, I realized later.

As I said a little while ago, from a position of not having confidence in my portrayal of the Lee Yeong character, it was easy to misunderstand comments like ’Already it’s fun’ ~ (ah ha ha ha laughs) At those words caught at me and I thought ‘Ah, I have to grind the knife to do it.” (Grind or sharpen the knife means to do something really intensely.)

He started falling deeply into the Crown Prince Lee Yeong in the first episode while shooting the pit trap scene. Calling it the ‘experience of feelings on the shooting set’ Park Bo Gum said “words that I don’t ever use like ’soup rice kid’ came out impossibly as an adlib” and “different from just reading the script, when I actually fell into the pit, the air, the smell could be felt, and I really blamed Kim Yoo Jung. I was being the character” and so introduced the ’MDBC’ shooting set as the place where he learned.

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’Moonlight Drawn By Clouds’ became especially acclaimed as where Park Bo Gum’s best work could be seen.

Expectations were raised for proper sageuk acting, from comedy and including romance, Lee Yeong’s emotions are expressed with proper nuances, receiving praise from all for being both an acting talent and a rising star. .

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“Comedic acting…actually, I came to know that I also have a guileful side to me this time. I also lacked self confidence because of the comedic acting.

I think I could understand what kind of emotion was required, but I thought it would be difficult to express. Even rehearsing while looking at a mirror, I couldn’t feel the sincerity. But then, because of the scene where we fall into the pit, it all came out correctly.

I learned that the lines and the scene could be adapted. That guileful acting became more fun as time went on.

The good points are…please let me know. (u u) For now, I don’t think I’ll be able to list the good points.

To others, it’s just something they can pass along, but since I know it well, all I see are the parts where I’m lacking.”

“Comedic acting…actually, I came to know that I also have a guileful side to me this time. I also lacked self confidence because of the comedic acting.

I think I could understand what kind of emotion was required, but I thought it would be difficult to express. Even rehearsing while looking at a mirror, I couldn’t feel the sincerity. But then, because of the scene where we fall into the pit, it all came out correctly.

I learned that the lines and the scene could be adapted. That guileful acting became more fun as time went on.

The good points are…please let me know. (u u) For now, I don’t think I’ll be able to list the good points.

To others, it’s just something they can pass along, but since I know it well, all I see are the parts where I’m lacking.”

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Park Bo Bum when acting with the much more senior actors and in his political showdowns said “Truthfully, at hearing that the charisma is ‘hot!’, I felt a little embarrassed” and “it was because the senior actors first offered me help and corrected me that I was able to fill where I was lacking. It was due to the senior actors, Lee Yeong was able to be made, and that Lee Yeong was able to stand upright till the end and finish well” and expressed his grateful heart that way.

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“Proper sageuk? Huh~?

If I do a proper sageuk later, I want to do the basics properly and challenge myself.

This time, fortunately, the story of the growth of Lee Yeong from being Crown Prince to a proper leader I thought was similar to my story.

In that, this was my first time in a sageuk and I was learning as I was growing into the role. Seeing at the end when Yeong had put on the red dragon robe, I had a moment of sadness.

During that time, the wavering hearts like kaleidoscopes had passed on, had been lonely and had felt empty.

To Lee Yeong who had the appropriate longing for freedom that was right for his age but had to learn to feel the weight of the crown that wasn’t right for his age, for expressing it, I wanted to tell him that he’s suffered and done well.”

Additionally, singing the drama OST “My Person”, he has won praise as a perfect package.

In an ’Answer Me 1988’ interview, he had said “when I can perform live, it would be nice to sing an OST”. But even having said that, he was very happy that he will get royalties as a singer.

“(Rather than what I show on the outside, the meaning of ’My Person’ to me) is a little, a very little, more for me.

Music Director Gaemi produced it well. That I could record an OST which was my dream is something I’m very grateful for and felt honored to do.  I checked for my name on the OST site. (smile) It’s totally amazing that I have an OST.

I think I may be able to sing it live. I have to practice a lot.

Ah, will I also make money from the OST? And, also when I sing? Oh really? “ (much laughter)

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