Article: [Exclusive] “Seo Ye-ji controlled him” ···Kim Jung-hyun’s false ‘Time’
Dispatch has obtained texts that reveal Seo Ye-ji controlled Kim Jung-hyun‘s actions.
Recently, Kim Jung-hyun’s attitude controversy toward Girls Generation Seohyun re-surfaced after reports that the actor was in a relationship with ‘Crash Landing on You‘ actress Seo Ji-hye.
MBC drama ‘Time‘ written by Choi Ho-cheol and directed by Jang Joon-ho is a melodrama that tells the story of a man that spends his last hours of his life giving everything to a woman that was ruined because of him. His love towards her grows bigger and reaches to a point where he can’t control her and struggles to love her and reveal the truth. The drama predicted a revenge ‘melodrama’ but then ended with just ‘revenge.’ Kim Jung-hyun even exited the drama at the end of episode 12.
Dispatch was able to secure text messages between Kim Jung-hyun and Seo Ye-ji from 3 years ago who’s authenticity was re-verified through several routes and confirmed to be true.
Dispatch also obtained testimony from various site personnel and entire ‘Time‘ script was compared and analyzed to the actual drama scenes. From episode 5-12 about 13 skinship scenes disappeared.
So why did Kim Jung-hyun reject the skinship? He was receiving acting directions at the order of Seo Ye-ji who said that skinship was “no-no.” In fact, Seo Ye-ji even asked for videos that Kim Jung-hyun had to film and report to her.
Site personnel revealed, “He kept asking for script revisions saying that mental love is important and asked to remove all skinship. If it didn’t go the way he wanted, he suddenly ran out like he was “sick” and had eating disorders. The production crew had no choice but to listen to him.”
Did Kim Jung-hyun’s “sick” acting work? At first, the production crew worried about him but later began to have doubts. Kim Jung-hyun became obsessed with his cell phone and was always seen on his phone sending messages, he rarely put down his phone and always filmed videos on site.
Below are text conversations between Seo Ye-ji and Kim Jung-hyun from 2018:
Seo Ye-ji: Mr. Kim Tak Tak. Remove all skinships.
Kim Jung-hyun: Of course.
Seo Ye-ji: Why didn’t you tell me how you did it today?
Kim Jung-hyun: I didn’t even say hello to the female staff today. It was so hard to other people.
Kim Jung-hyun: I talked to director Jang (Jun-ho) once again and told him romance was not possible.
Seo Ye-ji: ㅋㅋ All right. Behave very well.
Kim Jung-hyun: The script for the 9th part was released, but I think it needs to be completely revised.
Seo Ye-ji: Correct it well.
Seo Ye-ji ordered the deletion of the skinship, and Kim Jung-hyun did it. But it’s just common sense. When someone you know and love is on the ground hurt, you don’t just say “wake up” from a distance. It’s normal to run to them, shake them, raise them up and support them.
According to drama script, ① Seohyun supports Kim Jung-hyun, ② takes him into the house, and ③ lays him on the sofa. However, Kim Jung-hyun blocked all common-sense behavior from ‘the script’.
How can this behavior be explained? It can be inferred from his texts with Seo Ye-ji when he was filming the drama teaser (2018.06).
Kim Jung-hyun: Only you can touch my hand.
Seo Ye-ji: Even if its hard, whatever. Change it well. Skinship No-no
Kim Jung-hyun: Of course. Kim Tak Tak!
Seo Ye-ji: Are you doing it well?
Kim Jung-hyun: Of course. The teaser assistant director is a woman, so it’s hard.
Kim Jung-hyun: But I didn’t even make eye contact with any of the women.
Seo Ye-ji: Change it well so that there is no romance and no touch.
Kim Jung-hyun: It’s time for Seohyun to film so I’m just talking with the guys.
Kim Jung-hyun: I just asked director Jang (Jun-ho) to erase the romance. Please understand.
As a result, all the skinship in the drama had to be removed. The 9th episode officetel drunk scene was edited so that it just ended in the hallway and Seohyun pathetically repeats “wake up.”
In roof-top falling scene, the two fall under the railing and the scene cuts to Suho and Ji-hyun laying “separately” on the floor.
As for the drunk scene, without notice, Jung-hyun coldly avoids Seohyun’s hand and rushes to the railing to vomit which was different from the actual script.
Actors act in the drama. However, Kim Jung-hyun acted outside the drama.
Seo Ye-ji: (To the staff) How did you say hello?
Kim Jung-Hyun: (Taking a video on site and sending it) I didn’t say hello.
Seo Ye-ji: Ok, yes, you’re right, you didn’t greet them (the staff)
Seo Ye-ji: If they (staff) do it first, just do it roughly.
Seo Ye-ji often asked for video and audio. Kim Jung-hyun secretly pressed the video button. The camera lens was turned to the floor to take pictures of the scene. And sent.
Seo Ye-ji: I’m seriously pissed right now. Take a picture of the situation and send it
Kim Jeong-Hyun: (Sends on-site video)
Seo Ye-ji: Are you sure that’s the set on the video that you sent to me?
Kim Jung-hyun: It’s inside the set. It wasn’t from the studio.
Kim Jung-hyun was busy with roles for two people. When he received the script, he requested corrections and sent the result to Seo Ye-ji. To drama staff, he was an actor with an “eating disorder” but in real life he was a controlled “lover” in a relationship.
Kim Jung-hyun: I’m always reviewing the script. I won’t do anything else
Seo Ye-ji: Correct it well and remove any romance.
Seo Ye-ji: You are happy because of me. So make me happier.
The same goes for another day.
Kim Jung-hyun: I’m going to review the script.
Seo Ye-ji: Yes. Fix it well. Skinship and Romance No-no.
Kim Jung-hyun: ok.
In addition, for the first time in K-drama and world drama history, the team had to film a wedding without a wreath, guests, or the wedded couple walking with folded arms.
Finally, after Kim Jung-hyun decided to get off the drama, writer Choi Ho-cheol had to revise the script to add a scene at the end of the 12th episode where Suho (Kim Jung-hyun) drowns at the beach while trying to save Ji-hyun (Seo-hyun).
A production official that attended his last filming revealed, “We had to take bust shots. Whenever he touched Seo-hyun’s face we had to make sure Kim Jung-hyun is not caught on the shot. Seohyun puts her hand on Kim Jung-hyun’s face to show off her feelings but Jung-hyun turned his head. It was even more embarrassing for the people watching on the side.”
Another production official shared his resentment with Dispatch stating, “Writer Ho-cheol’s appendix burst in the middle of the broadcast because he was suffering from gastroenteritis. He had to work in the studio with a blood bag on. Everyone risked their lives.”
He added, “And then the impossibility of the production presentation. When Seohyun tried to immerse herself in the character, he interfered (?). She had a really hard time. She cried a lot.”
Another site personnel stated, “the martial arts team was also angry. There was a scene where Seohyun was trying to get hit by a car and Kim Jung-hyun said he would stop the car with his hand. Is he Iron Man?”
An actor should only act in dramas but Kim Jung-hyun filmed a melodrama in real life. He showed no consideration toward his colleagues, staff or the viewers.