10:02 pm - 10/11/2013

Heechul explains why he thinks SM's dramas fail

On this week's episode of 'Ssul Jeon', the MCs started a topic about Korean remakes of Japanese dramas, saying they do not always succeed and that the less successful ones seem to be connected to SM Entertainment. In response, Heechul revealed his thoughts about why that seems to be the case.

One example they brought up was Sulli and Minho's 'To the Beautiful You' which was a remake of popular Japanese drama 'Hana Kimi'.

One MC asked Heechul if he ever acted in any of these and the idol responded, "I told them I would never do a drama produced by SM."

As you can imagine, his response intrigued his fellow MCs who asked, "Why?"

The Super Junior member, who is known for his frank and honest nature, began, "There's a singer team and then there's an actor team. But even the acting team, on areas like promotions and such, the agency promotes them too similarly to the way they promote singers... I'd always say something to them about this matter.... I'm getting angry now thinking about it," hinting that he believes there should be more of a distinction between the two teams and the way the agency handles promotions for them.

Hearing his comment, the other MCs couldn't hide their surprise at Heechul having the guts to be so open about internal company matters, remarking, "Wow... that's a very internal company talk."

Heechul had more to say on all this and said in a frustrated manner, "If you look at it from our perspective, there are some parts to be thankful for as SM's mindset is, 'Our kids are the best so if our kids do it, then it'll turn out well'. If you watch a SM music video, you'll never see an actor or someone from outside the agency make an appearance since the agency's thinking is, 'Our kids are so cool, handsome, and the best, so why should we bring in anyone from the outside? Our kids are the best, so let's use them'. Because of that..."

As if to complete Heechul's thought, the MC next to him said, "So they'll cast both the [drama's] male and female leads from the agency" and Heechul heatedly exclaimed, "But does that work?!" - revealing that he believes SM's lackluster results from their drama productions are due to the mindset that they should try to only recruit from within the agency, rather than bringing in outside talents to star as leads.

Hearing him vent, the fellow MCs patted him on the back impressed by his honesty and courage to speak openly about having different thoughts from his agency.

K-netizens' comments from X Sports News via Nate:

Article: Kim Heechul reveals the reason SM fails at drama production "They only trust their own artists"

1. [+143, -2] Kim Heechul knows, viewers know, even the fans know the truth, so who's the one in SM that keeps pushing for it anyway?

2. [+90, -4] Realistically, SM shouldn't act....

3. [+86, -3] Exactly!

4. [+19, -2] I'm sure SM has some decent actors, it's just that their crappy ones have such a huge impact that anyone with the SM label makes me not want to watch them, ie Yeon Hee.

5. [+9, -1] It doesn't even have to be an SM produced drama, any drama with an SM actor always fails.

6. [+6, -1] We all know SM kids are the prettiest and most handsome, you don't have to show that in dramas, though ㅋ... The only ones worth watching are Siwon, Yoona, and Sulli... Please don't bring out Yunho, Minho, Jessica, Yuri, etc again.

This is one of the major reasons why I really like Heechul. The man has balls of steel.

Sources: JTBC Entertainment, AKP, NB, Nate
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uledy 11th-Oct-2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
OMG "To the Beautiful You" was the worst drama ever. LMAO. And it's not even because "Hana Kimi" is my favorite Japanese drama, it was just...omg...Minho's acting. Lord NO. Sulli wasn't too bad but damn, that show shouldn't have happened with SM.

Oh, never EVER forget "Paradise Ranch". lolol.

Buuut, one good thing about SM dramas are the OST. There are some lovely songs on there. Like, Onew's "In Your Eyes" omg ;~~~~~;
ethocaine 11th-Oct-2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
Oh god, "Paradise Ranch". Cannot unsee. Changmin's public image really took a hit after that atrocity of a drama. Such a shame because I heard he's actually decent in "Fly with the Gold".
missaoki 11th-Oct-2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you Heechul!

I wonder if he ever gets in trouble with SM for being so honest or he just doesn't give a damn
gardevoiir 11th-Oct-2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
honestly I think he's stopped caring
... has he ever cared?
pepper 11th-Oct-2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
Drag them, Heechul.
vermicelli_rice 11th-Oct-2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
and the truth shall set you free.
love his honesty, as always.
mad_nux 11th-Oct-2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
to the beautiful you failed because minho is fugly and can't act
pentrue 11th-Oct-2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
i don't know why, but i laughed loudly like a loon at this sentence. truer words...
ohlookshiny 11th-Oct-2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
sm dramas don't work bc they hire bad writers and pds to make them. some of the sm artists are not that terrible at acting, it's just the overall product sucks. you'd think sm would learn considering they've produced at least 3 shitty dramas, but all they think about is potential $$$, not quality.
honeyfunnybunny 11th-Oct-2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
erbalurbal 11th-Oct-2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
I think it has more to do with the type of dramas they choose to make. No one outside of their company would agree to be in those dramas
shin_ah_mi 11th-Oct-2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
go for it heenim!!!!
love_allure 11th-Oct-2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
well he ain't lying so... dramas aren't all about looks sm. nobody got time to waste 16+ hours on a drama with shitty acting when they aren't their fans.
lettace 11th-Oct-2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
cause y'all can't act
and the ones that can don't
tsuyoi_hikari 12th-Oct-2013 01:16 am (UTC)
Which SM idols who actually can act and dont?
charlotterhys 11th-Oct-2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
I don't care if To The Beautiful You wasn't ~amazing~ by K-Drama standards, it still beat the PANTS off of American shows of a similar kind (and my sister, the TV-ninja agrees). o_o I really liked it. But, I also just enjoy embarrassing rom-coms, and I liked the characters in TTBY.

Honestly, I didn't really find You're Beautiful that much different in terms of quality of writing, directing and acting, and it's one of the Holy Grail of Hallyu dramas. There were just some different styles of characters involved.
choconoir 11th-Oct-2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
i felt you're beautiful was vastly overrated. tbh i really only picked it up because everyone was raving about it and i wanted to see what the noise was about, so maybe that itself just automatically set me up for disappointment.
girltype 11th-Oct-2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
choconoir 11th-Oct-2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
praise buddha heechul is back from the army. he always makes kpop a little more interesting for me.
martha_sal 11th-Oct-2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
bumie 11th-Oct-2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
you tell dem heechul
lovelyxbeauty 11th-Oct-2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
I think it's a mix of crappy acting and really, really, really crappy writing, for example, Paradise Ranch had the potential to be good but the writing was soooooo bad I normally, 99.9% of the time, always ship the cannon couples and I just could not with that drama because the writing and character development was just really pants tbh. Even if SM artists have the potential to be good actors/actresses they will never be able to show it if the writing is bad.

I have to give props to Heechul though for not giving a flying monkeys when he calls SM out, it kind of makes me wonder if he will stay when his contract expires.
annhh 11th-Oct-2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
+1 yeah
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