With regards to Lee Da Hae departure from East of Eden, the change of screenwriter and rumors of him exiting the drama, Song Seung Hun has posted a (very) long message on his and the drama website to voice his opinion.
After greeting his fans with a Christmas message, he expressed his view after that in his long post, “It’s a pity that so many unhappy things have happened recently and I feel apologetic to everyone. There are many reports about the change of screenwriter due to declining health plus Lee Da Hae’s departure. But most of the reports were exaggerated and made it look like it was a big issue. I am sorry if it worried everyone and the other cast members.”
Song Seung Hun expressed his opinion about Lee Da Hae’s departure, “I only knew of this after reading the newspapers. I was pretty shocked then and felt that it was a great pity. According to some reports, her departure was because of me. Regarding this, I have to say that this is definitely not the truth and felt that this could lead to more misunderstanding if I do not speak out.”
“Frankly as a fellow actor, I can totally understand why Lee Da Hae did that. Of course, for the viewers, internal conflicts should be resolved from within. But looking from another perspective, I can sense that she must be really sad while posting that message as a woman instead of an actress.”
“We are not human model kits nor robots. We have to totally understand the content of the script, find a common understanding with the script and then present in through our acting with our individual styles. As for the characters that we portray, our knowledge of it should definitely be miles ahead of anyone else. If we are unable to accept our characters from deep inside our hearts, then it would be a really tall task to act it out well. I know this very well.”
As for his Lee Dong Chul character, Song Seung Hun said, “Frankly, Lee Da Hye’s character, Min Hye Rin was built up initially to like Lee Dong Wook. About 1/3 into the story, she got engaged to Mr. Baek for political reasons. Then around 2/3 of the story, she takes a liking to Lee Dong Chul, Dong Wook’s older brother. Lee Da Hae couldn’t agree nor accept with the way her character was being developed and had asked for the script to be revised several times. She was just trying to be responsible for her character and as an actress. She wasn’t acting like a prima-donna or challenging the director/screenwriter.”
“I also thought before, the character Min Hye Rin was heading nowhere. It was of no benefit to the actress herself nor for the drama. We as actors have to infuse our characters with life when we act it out but this has to be done with a script that is acceptable to us and the viewers. We are not questioning the screenwriter or director authority but just showing our passion for acting.”
“Frankly, I don’t think that the character, Lee Dong Chul is able to accept love from so many women. I feel that from the viewers perspective, it would be outright awkward for them to accept such a forced relationship (Dong Chul and Hye Rin) being acted out in front of them. As an actor, I also couldn’t quite accept this story development. But I might have created some misunderstanding after conveying my opinion to the director/screenwriter.
Song Seung Hun was reported to have missed the script recital session on 24th December with rumors being spread that he also wanted out of the drama. But Song Seung Hun has refuted the rumors through a statement released by his management, “Because of the year-end awards ceremony, East of Eden will be pre-empted for a week. So with the surplus time, I decided to shoot a CF instead of attending the script recital session.” He also denies wanting out of the drama, “Until the drama ends, he will keep faith with my character.”
He said, “We have received lots of love so I feel that this situation among all that we have faced is a good test for our drama to move to the next level. Up till now, our East of Eden production has been doing a good job. Until the final episode, we will be doing our very best to produce the best for our viewers.”
additional points in Song Seung Hun message not covered in article
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– In fact regarding the news of Lee Da Hye quitting, when I read it from reports, I was very surprised and sad. For this matter, many people criticised Lee Da Hye and me saying things like “this was not a responsible action”, “too hasty”, and some even loudly rebuked that this was not an individual show.
– One point to note is that Lee Da Hye herself felt sorry that her simple personal intention has caused confusion in the end. Please give your understanding and tolerance. In fact in the beginning, when reporters wanted to seize news coverage and report the situation without fully understanding it, I didn’t take this matter to heart. But unexpectedly the matter snowball, so in order to avoid further misunderstanding, I will write about the situation briefly.
– For the media who have gave hasty and irresponsible reports without first knowing the details, it is in fact a little hateful. But I would still like to say that in future, please have a greater sense of responsibility and be more careful in reporting, so as not to create public confusion. It’s a really troublesome thing if you do so. The power of speech is really very huge (note: especially in Korea).
– Now there are still some confusion, but we promise that they will be resolved appropriately. For all who love our drama, please do not worry and please love EOE till the end. Thank you. A drama cannot be completed by a single hand. It is the cooperation and hard work of numerous staff and director, as well as all cast members, to make it a successful drama likeable by everyone.