Korean actor Joo Won does not use stuntmen because he wants to keep it real

Korean actor Joo Won was in Singapore on Saturday with co-star Park Hye Su to promote The Gang Doctor, in which he stars as a physician that treats gangsters.
Korean actor Joo Won was in Singapore on Saturday with co-star Park Hye Su to promote The Gang Doctor, in which he stars as a physician that treats gangsters.ST PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR
Korean actor Joo Won was in Singapore on Saturday with co-star Park Hye Su to promote The Gang Doctor, in which he stars as a physician that treats gangsters.
Korean actor Joo Won was in Singapore on Saturday with co-star Park Hye Su to promote The Gang Doctor, in which he stars as a physician that treats gangsters.ST PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR

Korean star Joo Won, 28, is a hands-on actor.

To play a doctor in the medical thriller The Gang Doctor, he learnt how to stitch wounds. And because the doctor he plays is a physician to gangsters (he needs the money for his sister's medical bills), he also quite a few action stunts to perform himself - including jumping off a bridge and driving recklessly in a heart-thumping car-chase scene.

In Singapore on Saturday (Oct 10) to promote the show, he tells the local media: "Stuntmen are physically fit, while my doctor character Kim Tae Hyun probably doesn't work out in his daily life. I want to play that ordinary person who doesn't work out. 

"Viewers these days are a lot sharper and pickier. I don't want them to lose the flow, which could happen if I used a substitute. I want to provide the best viewing experience. I wanted to pull it off myself and not get a substitute."

Immediately upon wrapping up filming for the drama in South Korea, the hardworking actor flew to Jakarta and Singapore to promote the show. "I was at home resting a little, cleaning my room. I packed packed my luggage and kept wondering if I had missed anything, what do I need to bring."

 He was in town on Saturday, with his on-screen sister, actress Park Hye Soo, to promote the drama, which just ended its run on cable channel One earlier this month. Episode reruns start airing on Nov 7 at 4.30pm.

The two stars were also scheduled to hold a meet-and-greet session with fans at Suntec City on Saturday evening.

Joo Won has become one of the choice leading men in Korean dramas. 

He made an impact right from his TV debut - his first two shows were hits: King Of Baking (2010), in which he played the antihero, and the  long-form drama Ojakgyo Family (2011-2012), in which he was a zealous cop.

nggwen@sph.com.sg