In an interview with TV Report, Kim Hyun Joong talked about “Man from the Stars” and his recent drama, “Age of Feeling.” He said, “If I had gotten a proposal for ‘Man from the Stars,’ I would never have been able to do it. Kim Soo Hyun was able to pull off the character of Do Min Joon because he’s a great actor, but if it were me, I wouldn’t have pulled it off.”
He continued, “Honestly, I don’t really like the sci-fi fantasy genre. When I’m choosing between scenarios, I first look for characters that I can understand. Do Min Joon in ‘Man from the Stars’ could teleport and stop time, in addition to other powers, and I didn’t understand that. If I had done the character, I would’ve been really stressed out.”
Do Min Joon in “Man from the Stars” was an alien who fell to Earth during the Joseon era and lived for 404 years on Earth, untouched by time, and with various powers at his fingertips.
However, “Age of Feeling” wasn’t entirely realistic either, with many exaggerated action scenes. For example, Kim Hyun Joong’s character Shin Jung Tae would often win with his bare fists against opponents wielding guns and swords.
When asked about this, Kim Hyun Joong replied, “So I rationalized it myself. If a gun would fall to my feet, I would move elsewhere for the action scene. I even asked the director if I couldn’t shoot the gun, because it looks within reach. He told me, ‘Because the drama wouldn’t be entertaining.’ I did what I could within my authority to break away from the absolutely unrealistic.”
Kim Hyun Joong added, “To lessen viewers thoughts of unrealistic action, I would even get hit on purpose.”