Although they are continuously considered every time a new film or a drama is produced, both actors have been unable to select their new project, and their hiatus has already lasted for 3-4 years.
Won Bin demonstrated his influence in the box office through his role in the 2010 film “The Man From Nowhere.” He was showered with different offers, but he continues his search for his next project for the fourth year. There have been pieces he considered during that time.
Last year, he had the opportunity to star in a film directed by Lee Chang Dong but changed his mind when the production of the film got delayed. Won Bin was also the first actor who was offered the male leading role of the SBS drama, “That Winter, the Wind Blows.”
The movie world sees Won Bin’s long hiatus as a “success dilemma.” When a film becomes a blockbuster, actors are bound to become more cautious about selecting their next project in order to maintain his/her reputation.
Actress Han Ga In is very similar.
Her career took off after she starred in MBC’s “Moon Embracing the Sun,” and the 2012 film “Architecture 101,” but her career has been at a standstill for three years.
She recently received an offer to star in a MBC drama, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
According to Han Ga In’s agency, BH Entertainment, “It’s important to continue the favorable responses she received for her previous projects. She is carefully searching for a project that best suits her and one she knows she’ll do a good job.”
Won Bin and Han Ga In’s career choices set them apart from other actors who seem to be making bolder decisions.
Actors like So Ji Sub and Ha Jung Woo, who are in the similar age group as Won Bin, have been crossing over between films and dramas taking on more diverse roles. Lee Min Jung, who is the same age and Jun Ji Hyun who is one year older than Han Ga In have gained success through being more active in their careers since their marriages.