Actor Choi Min Soo refused to receive his Golden Acting Award for the 2014 MBC Drama Awards. Even the speech that he asked Baek Jin Hee to give instead of him was edited out, making the audience curious about its content.
According to Star News, which revealed the original copy of the speech, the edited out part indirectly mentioned the Sewol ferry accident on April 16, and his grief toward the tragedy.
To fill his absence, co-actor Baek Jin Hee received the award for him. She also delivered the speech Choi Min Soo gave him which stated that he refused to receive the award, astonishing the crowd.
“Hello, this is Moon Hi Man from the Public Security team,” Choi Min Soo said through the speech, introducing himself as his character from “Pride and Prejudice.” He added, “I am most thankful to MBC, director Kim Jin Man, and script writer Lee Hyun Joo for giving me the opportunity to participate in such a meaningful drama despite my old age. Most of all, I would like to thank the viewers of “Pride and Prejudice” for all their love and support. I would also like to show my gratitude to our Incheon Public Security team.”
He continued, “I’m currently living the life of a prosecutor who executes the law [through the drama]. It would only make sense for me to receive this award if I deserve it. Therefore, I am sorry to say that I most sincerely refuse this award.”
However, the rest of his speech was unable to go out on the air due to complications, and Baek Jin Hee added, “Choi Min Soo might have refused this award, but I’ll make sure to pass it on.”
In the part of his speech which was not revealed, Choi Min Soo said, “This is the least I can do for society’s conscience and hope lost in the deep, cold sea during the times of a failing law, lack of common sense, and loss of any morsel of truth.” He added, “You’ll still stick with ‘Pride and Prejudice’ until the finale, right?”
Though he did not directly mention it, it seems that his speech made a reference to the Sewol ferry accident, which took place this past April 16. Even in a recent interview with Star News, Choi Min Soo mentioned the Sewol accident, saying, “As an adult of this society, I feel great remorse and responsibility towards this accident.”