The Ningin Round Table is a feature in which we pose an Asian entertainment news-related question to Ningin writers and they give us their colorful opinions and thoughts on the matter. We recently shared a list of evil Super Junior members that inspired today’s question: “Which idol would make a really great Korean drama ‘bad guy’?” Here’s what our writers had to say:
Anabel Martinez: Of course I’d have to choose Big Bang’s TOP as the male Kpop idol to best portray an evil villain in a korean drama. His tall stature along with those thick arched brows of his are perfect characteristics of a bad guy, his deep voice can also sound grungy at times which also adds to the overall darkness of the villain he would portray. He has an overall more masculine and angular face, even if he smiles, there’s a slight hint of devilishness. He has already proven himself worthy of such a role by playing the cold-eyed assassin “Vick” in the hit drama “IRIS”.
Kathleen Liu: I personally think that Super Junior’s Heechul might be a good fit for playing a bad guy in a drama. Because of his certain smile that is very attractive and evil looking, I think he would be great in playing a bad guy. Plus with his many different face expression I’m sure he can make a awesome mean and evil expression. Also, not only can he play as a bad guy, but the kind that becomes a bad guy, since he does kind of look like the type who changes just because of one certain event. Maybe he can even play as the badboy/playboy who gets on the girls with his attractive look and personality. With all this, I’m pretty sure if he does star in a drama with this personality, it will definitely be a popular one.
Emily Wu: Male idols within the KPOP industry tend to try and keep a gentlemanly image, treating others with respect and kindness. However, we have those male idols who can act deviously and evilly and would make really great ‘bad guys’ in Korean dramas, ones who charm their way into your life and make you feel secure and comfortable before betraying your trust. For that, I choose Super Junior’s evil maknae, Kyuhyun, who is known for not only his innocence and purity, but as well as his wittiness and evilness. He can be cute and shy, yet will bully his hyungs (Ryeowook and Kangin), throw random objects at them and slap them with paper and even possess a sharp tongue and quick wit. However, amidst all of that, he would be able to pull out his gentlemanly charms and treat you specially and little by little, your defenses will fall until he has taken you completely in his stride and you wouldn’t suspect a single thing. These traits are those that these seemingly nice, but evil bad guys possess. Moreover, Kyuhyun has acted the role of a bad guy in Super Junior Mini-Drama, Episode 2: Dangerous Friendship. Kyuhyun pretended to be an innocent roommate and exhibited similar traits to Sungmin’s dead girlfriend, Song Hye Kyo, who passed away in a car accident. Kyuhyun and Sungmin became close to one another, but this was all a farce as Kyuhyun worked under the pretense of being a caring and understanding friend to get closer to Sungmin to exact his revenge. It was revealed that he loved Song Hye Kyo, but she only had eyes for Sungmin, so Kyuhyun vowed that if he couldn’t have her, no one could. Furthermore, he was the one who killed her in the car accident and slipped some poison into Sungmin’s water when he unveiled his true plans. The smirk and evil smile that creeped up onto Kyuhyun’s face as he was leaving the crime scene has been forever engraved in my memory. A tricky, cold-hearted murderer? He would definitely make one of those villains and bad guys that you wouldn’t suspect until the very end when they reveal their true personalities and selves.
Ana Pastrana: A Kpop idol that would make a really great “bad guy” in a Korean drama is the one and only JYJ’s Park Yoochun! Although he plays a warm and gentle character in his latest drama, “Miss Ripley,” his first Korean drama “Sung Kyun Kwan Scandal” showed us an intelligent and upright man– traits that are typically seen in “bad guy’s.” Also, his performance in the Japanese mobile drama “Beautiful Love” shows us a great portrayal of a rebellious angry son, proving his ability in well-rounded acting. I can definitely see Yoochun portray a “bad guy” in a future drama, since his acting skills are up-to-par as proven by winning the 2010 KBS Best Rookie Actor Award.
And now you all have the floor - do you agree or disagree with the round table?
Which idol do you think would make a great ‘bad guy’ in Korean dramas?
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