Sina Entertainment News [11 January 2013]
During JYJ member Park Yuchun’s Media Day in Beijing, organised by South Korean agency C-Jes, Sina Entertainment had an exclusive interview with Park Yuchun.
Official visit to China; Beijing not as cold as imagined
Although it is not his first trip to China, it is the first time that the itinerary is without any concert, fan meeting or performance-related activities. In this, Park Yuchun has shown the proper work attitude that Koreans usually have. He said that because he had to film the drama “Missing You”, he was unable to take time out to personally thank the China media. So this trip is made to specially thank them.
Talking about his impression of Beijing, he said he was mentally prepared for Beijing to be very cold but it was not as cold as Seoul. Regarding Beijing cuisine, he revealed there is a small restaurant they patronise so frequently that the boss now can understand Korean and gives him special privileges, and he can order items that are not in the menu. This time in Beijing, the food that he wants to eat most is still mutton on skewers (kebabs).
Selects a work based on feeling; real character is Jung Woo and Lee Gak combined
In 2012, with 2 hit dramas “Rooftop Prince” and “Missing You”, Park Yuchun seems to be enjoying greater popularity than before. Besides fans from his singing days, there are new drama fans; outside the press conference today, it is also crowded with his fans, there just to take a look at their idol.
During the press conference, the hit dramas that he acted in became a topic that must be mentioned. Regarding the great success of his works, he said that for the first work “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”, he did not know how to choose and just listened to the views of the people around him. But for the recent “Rooftop Prince” and “Missing You”, he himself was moved by the script and decided to take it. When asked which part of RP left the deepest memories, he said he will always remember the wedding at the rooftop; the atmosphere was too sad and even the crew had tears falling. When it was said that “Missing You” has more kissing scenes than RP, he looked unconvinced and said, actually RP has more kissing scenes, but viewers are affected by the heavy atmosphere in MY and have the wrong impression.
When talking about his real character, he said it is a combination of Han Jung Woo and Lee Gak; he has Lee Gak’s sense of responsibility without losing freedom and Jung Woo’s traits of acting babyish and spoilt and also joking around. He also took pride in his good interpersonal relations and said he maintains a good relationship with all the actors/actresses he has worked with, keeping in touch even until now. About RP having the highest number of clicks on the internet, Park Yuchun said he also had a shock when he heard it. Regarding the finale of Missing You that everyone is most concerned about, he is tight-lipped and said the script is not out yet, but he is wishing for a tragic end and asked the scriptwriter to make him die.
Entering the China market possible anytime; wants to challenge a war movie
This media day activity is widely seen as the first step for Park Yuchun to enter the China market. Regarding this, he was straightforward and said it can happen anytime if there is a suitable script. He also revealed that he has received the invitation for several works but he has not made a decision yet.
JYJ member Kim Jaejoong has already entered the silver screen with ” Codename Jackal”; when asked if he would follow suit, Park Yuchun said he is in no hurry. He said, “Wait til I am 30 or 40 years old when I can challenge more kinds of roles; for movies I can take my time.” About the type of movie he would most like to challenge, he was given 3 choices, love, action or comedy. He gave an unexpected answer– war movie. He quipped, “Actually I really wanted to act in a horror movie, but I was too scared and gave up the idea. Now I want most to act in a war movie, best with a scene of 5 hundred horses galloping at me.”
[See Part 1 for more of the interview]