(Sports DongA article from June 2, 2018)
Actor Yoo Yeon Seok’s new look in his new drama is drawing in a considerable amount of anticipation.
In the upcoming drama ‘Mr. Sunshine’ that will have its first broadcast on cable channel tvN this coming July 7, Yoo Yeon Seok is expected to showcase 3 different charms at the same time through his acting as a swordsman – tough masculine beauty, sexy charms as well as sorrow.
Anticipations were raised through the release of the drama’s 30 seconds trailer recently.
Yoo Yeon Seok’s appearance in the trailer was short and passed by quickly, but the reactions were saying that it gave out a strong impression.
He appeared wearing an outfit resembling a Japanese samurai as he rushes barefoot towards his opponent in the trailer. Blood was all over his face but he stared at his opponent indifferently.
As he trained and obtained Taekwondo black-belt during his teen, he could act out all the action scenes including swift swordsmanship perfectly.
Yoo Yeon Seok is represented by his soft and clean-cut image from 2017 SBS drama ‘Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim’ as well as cable tvN’s ‘Reply 1994’.
Though he has already showcased the rough masculine beauty through his portrayal as Director Park in 2013’s movie ‘Hwayi’, it feels like it will be even more intense in Mr. Sunshine.
His ability to grab the attention on the screen is prominent.
Yoo Yeon Seok’s role in ‘Mr. Sunshine’ is a son born into the Baekjeong caste, and he went through the severe pain of being discriminated against not only by the Yangban class (aristocrats) but also by the Cheonmin people (the lowest caste of commoners). He left Joseon and flee to Japan and set to make a living as a swordsman there.
In a life full of sorrow and anger, his heart was moved by another main character (played by Kim Tae Ri) who was the only person who sees him as a fellow human.
If his one-sided love in Reply 1994 made Yoo Yeon Seok’s soft charm to stand out as it was young and fresh, here in Mr. Sunshine, his one-sides love is expressed in a more sorrowful and heartbreaking way.
One of the drama’s officials said “Yoo Yeon Seok will have a totally different appearance and vibe from before”, and adds, “Even from internally, he has analysed and expressed the character’s inner feelings perfectly.”.
Source: Sports DongA via Naver
(T/N: The translation is not perfect and feel free to correct if there is any mistake ^^;;)