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“I was responsible for the villain role once again this time. It’s a villain role that tries very hard to give troubles to the main characters so they can play their part excellently in the drama,” introduced Yeon Jung Hoon playfully about his character in ‘Man to Man’.
“I played as Mo Seung Jae; a 3rd generation chaebol of Songsan Group. He had been living his life the way his grandfather’s wants but when he came to love Song Mi Eun (played by Chae Jung An), he started to show a different side of him. Even though he’s already became the successor to Songsan Group, he still had many greed he wanted to fulfill. He has the kind of personality that wants to control everything for his own benefit,” told Yeon Jung Hoon roughly about his character.
Talking about Chae Jung An who playes as his wife in the drama, Yeon Jung Hoon stated, “Although we were a couple that seemed to be happy in this drama, but on the other hand we both have a little ‘something’ that added some mystery elements to our story. We need to deliver the two-facedness of our character as a couple that looked happy on the outside, but deep down, we were afraid about the secret that we hide from others. But it was difficult to sort out that relationship during our first shooting. I talked to our director and nuna (Chae Jung An) about it, so we managed to figure it out properly and we were able to shoot well afterwards. Our chemistry too was getting better too as the filming progressed. I was able to shoot well and having fun while filming.”
When he was asked about the difference of this villain role comparing to the past villain roles he used to play, Yeon Jung Hoon replied, “Actually, I hadn’t played a lot of villain roles that much. But I did play as a bad guy before especially in my recent works. However, in this drama, Mo Seung Jae is a bit more carefree character than the previous villain roles I’ve played so far. He’s someone who has everything and someone who can get anything he wants in life but yet, he still wants to have more. That’s when things get messed up due to his greedy desire. If I had portrayed villain that focus on revenge before, this time I tried to create a villain character that’s less intense and more laid back with comedic attribute to it.”
“The scriptwriter told me that he wanted to make a different kind of villain for this drama. Since I also had the intention to play a new villain that has different feels to it, we both were struggling and scratching our head together, trying to create a slightly different character that we aimed for. The director also told the same thing to me when I first decided to join this project. He said that it would be good if I can portray a villain that gives different feel to other existing villain characters that we’ve seen so far. He suggested me to mix my real personality into the usual villain characteristic I’ve used to play, hoping to create the new version of villain with different feel that we had in mind.”
“I want to talk more about my character as Mo Seung Jae but then he is a character that holds some spoiler parts in the drama so regrettably I couldn’t say more. I couldn’t explain in detail about it yet at this point, because my character has crucial secret in the drama. But my character Mo Seung Jae is not a psychopath or anything like that. He’s just someone who definitely enrich the development of the story along with other characters in the drama. All I can say, Mo Seung Jae is a mysterious character but yet he’s still a man full of charisma. He’s not a typical villain and in fact he doesn’t even know that if he’s a villain himself. ”
“‘Man To Man’ is a drama with many genres. It feels like it is some kind of assorted gift set. It has thriller, comedy, spy and melodrama elements to it. I think it will be a lot of fun to watch. So please watch it with great interest.”
‘Man To Man’ will be aired on 11 pm every Friday and Saturday via JTBC and Netflix starting this April 21st.
The press conference for JTBC drama ‘Man To Man’ was held at Amoris Banquet Hall at Times Square in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, on April 18th. The director & the writer along with the 6 main casts of the drama including Park Hae Jin, Park Sung Woong, Kim Min Jung, Yeon Jung Hoon, Chae Jung An & Jung Man Sik attended the event.
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Yeon Jung Hoon took part in the opening race for ‘2017 CJ Korea Express Super Race Championship’ that was held at Everland Speedway, Yongin on April 16th. Overall, Yeon Jung Hoon was in 6th place under GT1 class for the first round of this championship. The next race will be held at Korea International Circuit on upcoming May 12th.
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Yeon Jung Hoon will now be a part of Solite Indigo racing team (founded by Hyundai Sungwoo Automotive) and he will not take part in Ferrari Challenge series this year. On April 1oth, Yeon Jung Hoon along with other racers attended a media day event for ‘2017 CJ Korea Express Super Race Championship’ that was held at Everland Speedway in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do.
Yeon Jung Hoon who’ll be participating under ASA GT1 class for this local championship stated, “It has been a long time since I was last participated in domestic racing tour. I’m really excited and I plan to concentrate solely on domestic race this year. I’ll try my best to give a great performance so please give a lot of interests. ”
Actor Ryu Si Won who is a coach and racer of Team106 was also there for gridwork event but he’ll be participating under Cadilac 6000 class. The opening match for ‘2017 CJ Korea Express Super Race Championship’ will be held on April 16th at Everland Speedway and it will be aired live on XTM channel starting from 2pm local time. The championship consists of 8 matches in total and it will be held at 4 racing arenas including Inje Speedway Gangwon-do, Cheonnam Korea International Circuit and Shanghai International Circuit.
Mo Seung Jae Character Description
He’s the 3rd generation chaebol, the heir and president of huge global corporation Songsan Group. He has gentle smile and voice with neat and good looking appearance along with smart brain. Seung Jae lost his parents since childhood due to an accident and he was raised by his grandfather Mo Byung Do; the founder who made Songsan Group into what it is today. Strong and ‘untouchable’ so that no one can ever take Seung Jae’s position within the ‘magnificent’ Songsan Group but on the other hand he also built the strong & untouchable empire to forbid his grandchild Seung Jae from going beyond its ‘wall’. But because of love, Seung Jae happened to cross the wall against his grandfather’s permission for the first time. He fell in love with rising star Song Mi Eun and he thought he can do anything if he can make the girl his. In the end, he managed to get married to Song Mi Eun and led a happy marriage with her.
8 years later, Seung Jae inherited Songsan Group after the sudden death of his grandfather and started Songsan Group’s management using the remnant power that his grandfather left behind but still he lacked of just one thing! The 1 trillion won of slush fund that his grandfather stashed away that he think would be the solid thing that can strengthen his power within Songsan Group’s management. Seung Jae determines to find it so he can become the truly successor that can pass on Songsan Group to his son Jae Young.
** My honest opinion on his role this time… I admit I don’t particularly excited about him playing a villain chaebol role again after ‘Mask’ & ‘Ms. Temper & Nam Jung Ki’ 😐. I’m worried that he’ll be so type-cast that he won’t ever get his hands on dynamic roles out there because I want to see him challenge himself more and become more versatile like Ji Sung, Nam Goong Min & Jo Seung Woo for example. However, I still hope ‘Mo Seung Jae’ is different from typical evil chaebol that he had played so far. Because from the teaser, the drama feels somewhat lighter even its story line sounds kinda cheesy & ‘makjang’ish on paper (Words like chaebol, halyu star & mysterious bodyguard, in one drama synopsis made me cringed. Sorry, I couldn’t help it! 😜) Who knows, it might be good right?!
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