These photos come from his first shoot, which took place on November 9 at Taean’s Shinjin Port. He said, “This is my second time working with Kim Kang-woo, who plays my rival here, after we first acted together in the drama I Run.” (Kim Kang-woo was the lead in that show, while Eric had a supporting role.) “Along with Kim Kang-woo, who I debuted with, I will show you a more mature performance as an actor.”
Both Eric and Kim Kang-woo play members of the maritime police force who are scouted to the elite team called Poseidon, where their relationship is characterized by competitiveness even as they’re teammates.
The drama boasts a pretty robust cast, which includes Kim Ok-bin (Thirst), wonderfully comedic Sohn Hyun-joo (Sons of Sol Pharmacy), perennial favorite Kim Gab-soo (Cinderella’s Sister), Choi Jae-hwan (Pasta, Gloria), singer-turned-actress Jeon Hye-bin (Scale of Providence), and idol singer U-Know Yunho (Heading to the Ground).
I find Eric to be an interesting case of the singer-turned-actor, because he’s an example of a star who seems better suited for the acting career than the previous idol one. (Others I’d put in this category: Yoon Eun-hye, Yoon Kye-sang.) I do have fondness for Shinhwa, but I can’t help but cringe at a lot of Eric’s rapping. Meanwhile, onscreen he’s got a lot of charisma and some raw talent that — when channeled right — can be pretty compelling. (See: Que Sera Sera.) Badly directed, though, he can also be a bit of a mess. (See: Strongest Chil Woo.) But I’m hoping for good things, particularly with him being pitted against Kim Kang-woo.
Poseidon is planning for an early 2011 broadcast.