With upcoming MBC TV daily drama ‘Gu Am Heo Jun’ set to premiere on March 18th, lead actor Kim Joo Hyuk was recently interviewed about his thoughts regarding his new drama role.
Kim Joo Hyuk will be playing the role of Heo Jun, and he expressed, “I know that my interpretation of Heo Jun will be compared to the numerous Heo Jun roles in the past. All of them were well received by viewers, so I do feel a little pressure for my role. But if I do not take this drama, I am unlikely to meet with such an opportunity again in my life, so I decided to star in the drama.”
This marks Kim Joo Hyuk’s comeback to the small screen after a 6 month hiatus, following the wrap of his previous drama ‘God of War’ last September. Interesting enough, Kim Joo Hyuk is following in the footsteps of his father, the late Kim Mu Saeng, who also played the role of Heo Jun some 38 years ago. Heo Jun is a story that practically gets remade in every generation, starting with ‘Tenacity’ in 1975, the film version of ‘Tenacity’ in 1976, ‘Dongui Bogam’ in 1991, and ‘Heo Joon’ in 1999, also helped to create stars like Kim Mu Saeng, Lee Soon Jae, Seo In Suk, and Jun Kwang Ryul in their respective eras.
Kim Joo Hyuk expressed, “I hope to add on flesh and blood, and things that were missed out in the past to my role. I hope to create a Heo Jun that enables everyone to see the difference from the kind Heo Jun that was played by Jun Kwang Ryul senior. I hope to bring out the rebellious nature of Heo Jun due to his social class as a commoner, and his transition from a flippant youth to a respected court physician. I hope to portray Heo Jun not just as a doctor, but as a human being who is driven to succeed. It’s fine even if I don’t get much sleep, or I feel really tired from the filming. I just want to present a good drama to viewers. If this drama succeeds, I hope to taste the sense of achievement that an actor can derive from.”
‘Gu Am Heo Jun’ is MBC TV’s special 120 episode sageuk epic of the year, which is a biopic about the life and career of legendary Joseon royal physician, Heo Joon. Besides Kim Joo Hyuk, other cast members include Nam Goong Min, Park Jin Hee, Baek Yoon Sik, Go Doo Shim, Kim Mi Sook, Lee Jae Ryong, Choi Jong Hwan, Jung Ho Bin, Kyun Mi ri, Jung Eun Pyo, Park Chul Min, and Yeo Ho Min.
By: Kang Hyo Jin
- Arts & Entertainment
- Kim Joo Hyuk
- Heo Jun
- Kim Mu Saeng