130214 Knee Guru – Jo Jin Woong!
Jo.. JIN… WOONG! Our rising star of Chungmuro!!
What’s our Warrior Muhyul’s greatest worry?
~ Jo Jin Woong Keywords ~
The original Jo Jin Woong had a son called Jo Won Joon. After an uneventful 9-year career in theatre, Jo Won Joon decided his life needed a turning point and asked dad, “Could I borrow your name please?” Dad, half in disdain and half in resignation, replied, “You have taken almost everything you can from this house (including my name?!). Do whatever you want. Go.”
Firstly, Jo Jin Woong is an authentic Busan sanayi (a “Busan dude”, sort of?) ^^;; He’s so serious about his “heritage” that whenever Hodong tries to jostle him into dialect (for entertainment value) it almost seems as if Hodong is a Seoulite. Authentically, Jo Jin woong is over-proud, curt-talking (or not talking), full of impassioned loyalty, and … super baseball-crazy.
It doesn’t help that The Perfect Game (2011) aired over the new year holidays, thus Jo Jin Woong’s crazy love of his hometown’s Lotte Giants seems like a continuation on-screen to off-screen. He also told Hodong how he stopped watching 1 Night 2 Days after the team filmed in Sajik Stadium during one of Lotte’s games and Lotte lost. “You don’t know how much I had loved that variety program before…” he mused, “I stopped watching that show ever since (the incident), and only resumed after the original members (in that stadium episode) have more or less left the show.” (!!)
Jo Jin Woong: “Why I respect baseball so much, is because it is about the mind. One cannot win on his own, yet the brutal truth is that it is a lonely fight against oneself.”
Hodong: “That’s life, isn’t it?”
Jo Jin Woong: “Well, I try a bit…. er.. (Thanks to baseball) I also had an opportunity to act in a movie….
… Yeah, that’s life~” *satisfied smile*
3. The Others, behind the scenes
“The air, the ensemble (of elements) at the filming location, I consider them of utmost importance… even with just the air, it’s enough.”
– when asked how he always manages to entertain colleagues and staff behind the scenes.
During the show, he was a riot when mimicking the way other actors talk. Han Seok Kyu’s version was pretty memorable… Heee~
During the filming of War with Crime, Ha Jung Woo’s character had smashed Jo Jin Woong’s head repeatedly with glass bottles (premium props made of extra hard sugar) Fortunately, the scene required no NG, but Jo Jin Woong developed a swelling on his head. Seeing him conscious, everyone ignored his injury, and he gradually realized why – fellow actor Ma Dong Seok suffered a deep cut the day before, and after stapling up his wound in the hospital, he resumed filming the following day.
있네야지.. impressive but scary work ethics~~~ (we work to live, but we gotta live to work! >.<)
4. The Conclusion
I really like this Knee Guru’s ending. Its probably my best Knee Guru ending ever. With sincere, Busan-esque, attitude. Where they actually asked Lotte’s manager Kim Shi Jin and top catcher Kang Min Ho (in Saipan for spring training) to encourage Jo Jin Woong to work hard on his career. Jo Jin Woong was like a fan getting video encouragement from his idols! When he saw Kang Min Ho, he nearly squeaked. LOL
He went, “This is SO worth it. REALLY worth it. Kim Yoon Seok sunbaenim, (Ryu) Seung Ryong hyungnim, come on this show!” *tears of gratitude*