From the Queen’s Vantage Point:
And there are no little parts
But the entire production goes
To the one with the most heart
In a race with many runners
You may begin in the very back
But you will certainly move up fast
Focus on what you have
And not what you lack-excerpt Key to Happiness
D. M. Cooper
Hello, faithful readers! Today’s focus is on the bit player. This is the actor who brings to the series a bit of flavor. He is not well known and his name is not the one drawing the viewer but he brings the flavor to the story in the same way salt enhances all the other ingredients to a dish. In Kdrama, we manage to find so many really good bit players with faces that will be remembered even if their names are not known. These are people who glue the stories together to help the whole picture develop. They are not second, or even third bananas, but take them out of the picture and something is just not right. Some of these people are hidden in the extras and some are given a line or two. Some may never speak at all, but they are seen and somehow, they are remembered. What is even more interesting is that they sometimes become stars, but mostly, they do not. Yet, the story is bland without them.
The other is the side kick of the angry, possessed Detective Jang. He is loyal to his sunbae but he is confused and conflicted by Jang’s attitude and disposition. Yet, he stays by Jang’s side offering unheeded advice and trying to steer him from his anger. Even when they are off duty, he is with Jang and he worries that the detective will do something to harm his career or maybe even kill Kang. He does not want his mentor to end up on the wrong side of the law and yet, he cannot figure out how to stop Jang’s downward spiral.
Another awesome pair of bit players are found in Playful Kiss. The first one is Baek Seung Jo’s father, the childhood friend of Oh Ha Ni’s father. These two have such a special bond that Oh Ha Ni and her father are invited to move into the home of Baek Seung Jo’s family during a crisis and the fathers weep together when the Ohs almost move out and at the wedding of their son and daughter to each other. Mention should also go to one of the best child actors in this series and that is Choi Won Hong who portrays Baek Seung Jo’s little brother. He will not be a bit player once he grows up. He will definitely turn heads, hearts, and flood the minds of women everywhere.
In this same series is a young man in Lee Shin’s band. No, not the cute drummer who is doggedly working to get the attention of Han He Joo (Woo Ri). Instead, focus your attention on the tall guy on Shin’s right as you view the screen in Episode 2. Just his stance is an attention getter. As hard as it is to drag your stare away from Jong Young Hwa, you still cannot help but see this guy. At some point when you see him again, you will remember. This is the same effect that Kim Bum had on me when I saw him in Boys Over Flowers and again in The Woman Who Still Wants to Love. Even though Bum was the leading man in The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry, I remembered his face from Boys Over Flowers where he was one of the co-stars, and was thrilled to see him as the star in The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry.
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