During the photo session held before the interview, Cha Tae Hyun showed he was completely immersed in his Jeon Woochi character, posing as if he was shooting bursts of energy from his hands. Uee followed suit, putting on a warrior pose that was like a dance and drawing laughter from the audience.
The actors′ friendly antics showed the drama was set for success.
He said, “At first it was hard because I had to shoot things out of my hands and chant spells, but now I don′t make much of it. I just think of the manga Dragon Ball and its Energy Blast.”
He then added, “My six year old son went into a state of panic after watching the preview the day before yesterday. He chants spells and tries to shoot things at me whenever he sees me. I′m worried children on the street will start to ask me to show off my spells.”
“I hope the piece becomes a big success, and branches out into Woochi trading cards or collectibles,” he hoped. “It′s the first time I′ve pretended to shoot stuff out of my hands, and I learned I have to be shameless. I have to be serious, and really think energy is coming out of my hands. I thought when I first read the script that if I don′t become brazen, nothing will hold.”
Cha Tae Hyun is currently active as a member of the KBS2 1 Night, 2 Days crew. Coincidentally, fellow member Uhm Tae Woong previously appeared this year in the KBS2 drama The Equator Man, and Ju Won also scored a success with Bridal Mask.
When asked to compare Jeon Woochi with Ju Won′s Bridal Mask, Cha Tae Hyun answered, “Jeon Woochi is like Superman, so you can′t compare him to Bridal Mask. Ability-wise, this is how it is, but since Bridal Mask is ′the Nation′s hero′, I have to be careful around him.”
Woochi will air its first episode on November 21.
Photo credit: Kim Byung Kwan