Hyun Bin would not make an attractive North Korean, says defector

North Korean defector Park Yoo Sung said Hyun Bin would not be considered attractive in North Korea.
North Korean defector Park Yoo Sung said Hyun Bin would not be considered attractive in North Korea.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

Although Hyun Bin is a well-loved heartthrob in South Korea, the 37-year-old actor actually falls far below North Korea's standards, according to a North Korean defector.

The reason? Hyub Bin doesn't have a pot belly.

The South Korean actor plays North Korean Captain Ri Jeong Hyeok in the hit Korean drama Crash Landing on You, in which his character falls for a South Korean heiress played by Son Ye-jin.

"For North Korean men, having a big frame is associated with beauty. People who are skinny like me are treated worse than dogs. It's a bit suspicious that a North Korean would say Hyun Bin is handsome," North Korean defector Park Yoo Sung said in a video posted on his North Korean Man YouTube channel late last month.

Park explained that large bellies are a sign of affluence, which is why men with a bigger belly often command more respect and receive more admiration.

He said another South Korean actor, the burly Ma Dong-seok, 49, would be a more accurate example of an attractive man in the North. Ma, who used to be a physical trainer in mixed martial arts, is known for his role as tough-guy Sang-Hwa in 2016 zombie movie Train to Busan.

Unsurprisingly, Park's comments have been a jaw-dropping revelation to some, and have led to some humorous responses online. One netizen said: "I guess I would be royalty in North Korean then." Another wrote: "Imagine if Hyun Bin was replaced with Ma Dong Seok in Crash Landing On You."

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