Lee Dong Wook Clarifies Story Behind Him Getting Cast As The Grim Reaper In “Goblin”

After a photo shoot with Arena Homme Plus, Lee Dong Wook sat down for an interview and clarified the misunderstandings about the process that led him to land his grim reaper role in “Goblin.”

He explained, “I read an article about how I was cast in ‘Goblin,’ and I was upset to discover a few parts that were described incorrectly. It’s true that I reached out to writer Kim Eun Sook for the grim reaper role, but it’s not true that she had another actor in mind for the role. After the article went out, she called me up very apologetically. But the truth is, I went up to writer Kim Eun Sook before the synopsis was out and even before Gong Yoo was cast as the goblin.”

“At the time, I received an offer for the lead role of another drama, and that drama ended up doing well, too. But for me, even though it was only in the developing stages, the grim reaper seemed like a very attractive character. The storyline, fantasy genre, the setting of a goblin and grim reaper living together, playing double roles, and everything else about the drama was great,” he added.

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Regarding Gong Yoo, Lee Dong Wook commented, “We’ve been close for a while. We served in the military together, but acting in the same drama is completely different, so I told him that I’d support him well, and he then told me to act to my heart’s content. Filming the drama was a lot of fun, possibly because we started out with an honest conversation. All of the cast members enjoyed filming, and by the end of the drama, I felt like I had spent a really great time in a world created by our ‘creator’ Kim Eun Sook.”

Meanwhile, Lee Dong Wook is selecting his next project and preparing for his fan meet tour in Asia.

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