Thursday, March 29, 2018

[SWITCH - Article] Jang Keun Suk Switch Press Conference Report on Yonhap News English -2018-03-29

Yonhap News, which is akin to Reuters in its international audience, published a story about Switch in its English Edition.


'Switch' promises to gratify by featuring bad guy achieving justice

2018/03/28 14:29
By Woo Jae-yeon

SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) -- More often than not, petty con artists are locked up in jail while big ones enjoy comfortable lives in penthouses. Sadly enough, many Koreans often realize that it is hard to catch outrageously bad crooks by way of the law.

The new TV series "Switch - Change the World" on SBS is designed to give TV viewers thrilling satisfaction that is hard to get in real life by establishing justice with the help of a bad guy who acts as the look-alike of a good one.

The forthcoming drama will show an interesting irony in how the crook Sa Do-chan, the spitting image of a prosecutor named Paik Jun-su who falls unconscious following a premeditated car accident, does a better job of holding bad guys accountable than the real prosecutor.

"The irony of the world we live in is that a fake pretends to be a real one and lives a better life," director Nam Tae-jin said during a press conference at the SBS headquarters in Seoul on Wednesday.
By bringing the "paradoxical reality" onto the screen, Nam said, "I want to give viewers a thrilling and gratifying experience."


Actor and singer Jang Keun-suk enters a conference room at the SBS headquarters in Seoul for his upcoming drama "Switch - Change the World" on March 28, 2018. (Yonhap) 
 Actor and singer Jang Keun-suk enters a conference room at the SBS headquarters in Seoul for his upcoming drama "Switch - Change the World" on March 28, 2018. (Yonhap)

Actor and singer Jang Keun-suk is playing the double role of Sa and Paik in the Wednesday-Thursday drama, which will be his first TV series in two years since "The Royal Gambler" on the same network.

During the media event, the actor said the drama will likely be his last work before starting his mandatory military service. All able-bodied Korean men should serve in the military for about two years. Details of Jang's enrollment have yet to be determined.

That said, Jang has tried to show his best performance yet in the show.

"I feel a heavy responsibility for the series ... Doing the double role is a new challenge for me. I will show my best performance, so that people can naturally associate me with the two characters," he said.

The actor enjoys huge popularity across Asia. In the lobby of the network, a few hundred fans -- Koreans and foreigners alike -- lined up to see the star. The lobby was lined with flower wreathes and presents from fans decorated with supporting messages.


Actor and singer Jang Keun-suk poses for photos during a press conference for his upcoming drama "Switch - Change the World" at the SBS headquarters in Seoul on March 28, 2018. (Yonhap)
Actor and singer Jang Keun-suk poses for photos during a press conference for his upcoming drama "Switch - Change the World" at the SBS headquarters in Seoul on March 28, 2018. (Yonhap)

He didn't forget to offer his fans special thanks for their unwavering support and love.

"I feel sorry for my fans because it's been a while since I did my last work. They waited to see me working in dramas and films. They are the ones who made me who I am now," he said.

While very excited about his new work, he said he felt "really challenged as my character accounts for a huge portion of the drama."

   Jang was offered the role last fall. When he started to read the script, he said he couldn't put it down.

"I read through the fifth episode on the spot. I visualized the text in my head, and it made my palm sweat with tension. Every incident falls into place like making a puzzle. The biggest selling point is its huge movie-like scale."

   The 32-episode series will premiere at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.


This image provided by SBS shows a poster for "Switch - Change the World." (Yonhap) 
This image provided by SBS shows a poster for "Switch - Change the World." (Yonhap)

jaeyeon.woo@yna.co.kr

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