[Pexers Write-Ups] Hyun Joong as Promdi
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Can you imagine HJ not as an urbanite sophisticate? By his own admission in an interview many years ago, he said he has never left his neighbourhood in Songpa-Gu in Seoul till he debuted with his band.
He had that cool yet pretty bad boy air about him earning him the nickname “tough guy”befitting the rocker image. But that wasn’t what the agency wanted for him but to blend in with the SS501 Kpop looks and behaviour.
The dramas came along to Hyun Joong as the inevitable terrain Kpop idols must step in to show their versatility besides other jobs such being commercial models and endorsers. A sure fire return of investment for the talent agency.
He first portrayed golfer William, city dwelling guy who has issues who drove his manager to her wits end. It was simply crazy to try manage this athletic scholar.
From the rough, aloof young man of Can Love be Refilled mentioned above he became in Boys Over Flowers the gentle, semi recluse Joon Jihoo, heir to the vast cultural collection of the family and who was educated in the ultra elite Shinwa.
As Baek Seong Jo of Playful Kiss he was not as rich as Jihoo, nevertheless grew up in more than comfort courtesy of doting parents. A spoiled brat living in his impervious ivory tower until the obsessed and persistent Oh Hani came along.
In the aborted City Conquest he was Baek Mir who lived and fought in the troubled urban environment. We are just speculating how he’ d perform for the rest of the drama given we got to see only the making of two episodes.
At the Inspiring Generation he continued as a youngster who grew up and experienced life in the tumultuous era before World War 2 to becoming an adult amidst the highly charged Shanghai.
But then he was a natural in Bareoot Friends earning a living among the locals. Who can erase from the mind how he struggled and succeeded as the Gendong Man?
The shift from being a city dweller and rich at that to becoming a country bumpkin which is the equivalent of being called Promdi in the Philippines has not yet been tried by HJ. But I can, in my mind, see that he can do so in the near future given his ease in adapting to his roles. The country bumpkin is a popular drama character in South Korea as well as in the Philippines and elsewhere played by known actors. For sure there will be the funny and bumbling, romantic and challenging even tragic and pitiful scenes but revelations regarding malleability of human conditions. It will be triumph against all odds. Very like Hyun Joong.