Truth behind Mozart’s casting process

Posted: February 9, 2011 in k-pop love, Xiah Junsu
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Just a reminder: If ever you have plans of bashing Seungri, I suggest you forget it. I don’t want a fan war to start here. This article’s purpose is just to clear up the wrong info Seungri gave during his recent interview regarding the casting of Mozart.

Truth behind “Mozart’s”casting process (*Must Read*)

With Bigbang Seungri’s recent interview, there’s been a lot of confusion as to what really happened during the casting of Mozart. Unfortunately, Seungri was quite misinformed and thus gave an inaccurate interview describing Mozart’s casting process. Hopefully, this will clear up the confusion and give fans the CORRECT information about what actually happened during casting.

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In his recent interview, Seungri said:

(*Certain irrelevant parts of the interview have been omitted* and the parts in red are where Seungri was wrong)

Q: 그럼 지킬 앤 하이드 말고 해보고 싶은 작품이 있으세요?
What other musicals would you like to do besides “Jekyll and Hyde?”

A:

[Omit]

근데 사실 지금 시아준수씨가 했었던 ‘모차르트’가 그 단장님께서 저한테 먼저 섭외를 하셨었어요. 근데 노래를 들어보고 ‘전 못하겠습니다’ 그랬어요.
Actually, the director of the musical “Mozart” that Junsu was part of contacted me first. But after listening to the songs, I told him that “I couldn’t do it.”

제가 소화할 수 없는 노래예요. 시아준수 씨니까 그렇게 소화를 한 거지 저였으면은 모차르트는 있을 수 없었을 것 같아요. 히트를 치니까 배 아프긴 하지만요 ^^ 그런데 제가 했으면은 지금의 시아준수 씨처럼 주목을 받지 못 했을 것 같아요.
It was because the songs were beyond my abilities. Junsu could do it because he’s Junsu, but if I were to do it, I don’t think there would have been a “Mozart.” Of course his great success does make me a bit jealous. ^^ But I don’t think I would have gotten the attention that Junsu did if I had performed as “Mozart”

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Q: 그러니까 자기 색깔을 확실히 보여줄 수 있는 뮤지컬로 타이밍이 확실히 맞을 때 보여주겠다는 거죠?
So you’re looking for a musical that you’ll be able to show your true colors at the perfect timing?

A: 그러니까 저는 머리가 되게 빨라요. 회전이요. 시놉을 딱 보고 대본을 딱 받으면은 ‘아 이건 이렇게 이렇게 하면 된다’ 라고 딱 떠오르는데 모차르트 같은 경우는 딱 보고 ‘난 안돼 이거’ 바로 생각이 서는 거에요. 내가 아무리 해도 안 될 건 안 되는 거잖아요. 그래서 ‘단장님 죄송합니다. 제가 너무 안 어울립니다. 다음 번에 다시 좋은 작품 있으면 저한테 다시 추천 해 주시면은 그때 가서 다시 생각해 보겠습니다.’ 알았다고 하시더라구요. 뭐 그런 에피소드가 있습니다. 뭐 바로 저 끝나니까 시아준수 씨께 바로 가시더라구요 ^^
Well, I’m a really quick thinker. Once I see the synopsis and the script, I can tell that “oh I should do this a certain way,” but regarding “Mozart,” I could tell the moment I saw it that “I couldn’t do this.” There are things that you can’t do no matter how much to try. So I told the director, “I’m sorry. I really don’t think I’m right for the part. But later on, if you are leading a great project again, please let me know and I will consider it.” And the director told me that he would. So there was that kind of happening. And well, once I rejected, they went straight to Kim Junsu. ^^
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원래는 조성모씨였어요. 근데 조성모선배님이 다리를 부상을 당하셔서 못 하시게 되면서 그 다음에 저한테 왔어요. 그래서 ‘저 안되겠습니다.’ 했더니 바로 시아준수 씨한테 갔는데 시아준수 씨가 완전 대박이 난 거죠 ^^
But actually, the role was supposed to originally go to Jo SungMo. But he hurt his leg and couldn’t do it. Then the role was offered to me. But I replied that “I couldn’t do it” and the role went straight to Junsu and he became really successful as a result. ^^

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…and here’s what REALLY happened:

1) From EMK director, Yoo HeSung’s, interview for a Japanese Magazine “韓流・華流ブック 2010・春”

Q: 준수의 캐스팅에 대해

About casting Junsu

「앙상블부터 모든 캐스팅은 내가 했습니다. 준수에 대해서는, 최초부터 캐스팅 할 수 있으면 좋겠다고 생각했습니다만, 유감스럽지만 소속 사무소와의 문제가 있었으므로, 일단은 단념했습니다. 그리고 오디션을 하고, 조성모씨가 하게 되었습니다만,TV프로그램에서 다쳐 버리고, (중략)」

「I was in charge of the entire casting, including the ensemble. About Junsu, I really wanted to cast him as “Mozart” from the beginning, but unfortunately, because of his problems with his management company, I gave up on him for the time being. I then held auditions and casted Jo Sung Mo, but he got hurt during a TV program…(omit)」

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2) From an interview given by Park EunTae (one of the cast members who played “Mozart”)

Q: “모차르트!”는 어떻게 접하게 됐나요?

How did you get cast for “Mozart?”
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A: “오디션 공고를 보고 지원했어요. 저는 처음부터 떨어졌고, 가수 조성모 씨와 뮤지컬 스타 박건형 형, 임태경 형이 트리플 캐스팅됐죠. 그런데 조성모 씨가 하차하면서 제가 모차르트 역에 캐스팅됐습니다. 처음엔 정식 모차르트 역할도 아니었어요. 커버(주연 배우 대신 무대에 서는 일)로 하지 않겠느냐는 제안을 받았고, 고맙게도 회사에서 저를 사중 캐스팅 중 한 명이 되도록 밀어줬습니다.”

“I applied for the role after seeing an ad for auditions. I was actually rejected in the beginning and singer Jo Sung Mo, musical Star Park Gun Hyung, and Lim Tae Kyung was triple cast. But Jo ended up dropping out and I was casted for the role of Mozart. At first, it wasn’t even an official casting. They first offerred to cast me as a “cover” (a person who stands on stage in place of the lead actor), but thankfully the company pushed for quadruple-casting and for me to become one of the official actors for the role of “Mozart.””

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3) From a post left in a Naver Cafe by a staff from the musical “Mozart”

안녕하세요!

Hello!

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(중략)

(omit)

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일전에 저희 회사서 ” 뮤지컬 모차르트! ” 를
내년 1월에 세종문화회관서 공연한다고 말씀드린적이 있습니다…
타이틀롤인 모차르트역에 임태경,박건형과 조성모가 캐스팅 됐었는데, 다리부상으로 하차하고
애초에 캐스팅하려다 단념했던 동방신기의 시아준수(김준수) 가 캐스팅이 됐습니다…

I’ve previously told you that our company will be hosting “Musical Mozart!” next January at 새종문화회간. Lim TaeKyung, Park GunHyung, and Jo SungMo were cast as the lead role of Mozart, but due to Jo’s leg injury, we’ve cast the person we originally wanted to cast but were forced to give up on, Kim Junsu.

조성모가 캐스팅된후 고무됐다가 다리부상을 입은 후 상당히 비관적이였는데
김준수가 캐스팅되서 아! 이게 전화위복이 되었으면 좋겠다 했습니다…

I was encouraged by Jo SungMo’s casting, but his leg injury made me quite pessimistic. However, with Junsu’s casting, I thought “ah! I hope we can turn the misfortune circumstances to our advantage”

그런데 11월에 1차로( 요샌 홍보의 한 수단으로 티켓판매를 몇번에 나누어서 합니다) 티켓오픈을 하며
공연 10회 분 중 김준수 2회출연을 미정으로 하고서 오픈 했는데 김준수가 출연 한다는 소문이 나며
2시간만에 2회가 매진이 되버렸습니다… 그리고 오늘 2차티켓오픈을 12시에 했습니다….

In November, the first round of ticket sales (nowadays, we divide up the ticket sales for the sake of promotion) were held without a certain confirmation of Junsu’s casting for the second show. However, with rumors that Junsu will be starring in our musical, the tickets sold for the second Mozart show sold out in two hours…. And we opened second round of ticket sales today at 12pm…

일주일공연에(전 공연은 한달 40회정도 됩니다) 김준수 5회차 포함해서 오픈했는데
인터파크가 2~30분 접속이 불가능할만큼 다운이되고 현재 한시간 15분 정도 됐는데 만장이 넘게 팔리고
곧 5회분(1만 5천장)이 매진될것 같습니다…

We opened with Junsu starring in the fifth show in a week’s worth of shows (the entire Mozart musical consists of 40 shows per Month), and Enterpark’s (= Korean Ticketmaster) server crashed for 2~30 minutes and right now, it’s been about 15 minutes, but we’ve already sold out 1,000 tickets and it looks like the fifth show (15,000 seats total) will be sold out soon.

참 좋은 일인데…. 염려가 되고 걱정이 많아지는건 나이가 들어서 그런건지….
정말 아이돌의 파워가 대단하다는걸 새삼 느꼈습니다….

It’s really good news… but it also worries me a bit, perhaps because I’m older now. I really felt how great the power of idol artists actually is.

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4) From an interview given by Um HongHyun, EMK’s representative

Q: 모차르트 역의 시아준수는 어떻게 캐스팅했는지 궁금합니다. 당시 동방신기 3명(시아준수·영웅재중·믹키유천)이 소속사와 분쟁 중이었죠?

How did you cast Junsu for Mozart? At the time of the casting, weren’t DBSK’s 3 members (Junsu, Jaejoong, and Yuchun) in the middle of a lawsuit with their management company?

A: 그랬죠. 수도 없이 접촉을 해봤지만, 아무런 연락도 오지 않았어요. (SM이 막음) 그런데 우연히 제작 조감독이 시아준수의 사촌누나인가를 알더군요.

Yes, they were. We tried contacting Junsu numerous times but no one got back to us (SM was blocking them from ever reaching Junsu). But then by chance, we found out that Director Jo from the production team knew Junsu’s older cousin.

그래서 일단 만나기만 해보자고 했고, 만나기 전에 <모차르트!>의 영상과 음악·시놉시스를 시아준수에게 전달했습니다. 이 자료들을 본 시아준수가 하겠다고 마음을 먹어 연락이 왔어요. 시아준수와 만나는 데만 한 달이 걸렸어요(웃음).

So we asked Junsu if we could meet him, and sent him videos, music, and synopsis from Mozart before our meeting. After reviewing the materials, Junsu decided to participate in the musical and contacted us. It took us an entire month just to meet Junsu (laughter).

*CONCLUSION*

1. Mozart was Junsu’s role “from the beginning”

2. SM prevented the Mozart team (EMK) from reaching Junsu -> EMK gives up

3. After giving up on Junsu, EMK holds auditions -> Jo SungMo, Park GunHyung, and Lim TaeKyung are cast as Mozart through auditions

4. Jo SungMo gets injured -> EMK asks numerous celebrities (including BigBang’s Seungri) and Park EunTae is cast as the substitute

5. Thanks to production team’s Director Jo’s connections, they are able to reach Junsu, the person they “originally” wanted to cast.

6. Junsu is successfully cast as Mozart!

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Note: Please don’t be too harsh on Seungri. Yes, he should have gotten his facts in order before giving such an interview, but he probably didn’t know all that was going on during casting. After all, casting directors rarely give you the full story on who’s rejected the role so far while they’re trying to get you to play for a certain role. So let’s be cool and understanding this time and hope that Seungri doesn’t make the same mistake again. ^^;
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Translation by: withjyj.wordpress.com (@_withjyj)
Credits: 꿀담샤 in DNBN

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