Renowned for his towering presence in the K-Pop world, Rowoon, the tallest third-generation idol, caused a unique challenge for the director of "The King’s Affection." Director Song Hyun Wook expressed initial concerns about Rowoon's height, fearing it might disrupt the dynamic between characters, especially in rivalry scenes.
At the press conference before the drama's premiere, Song Hyun Wook admitted the height discrepancy influenced casting decisions for other male characters, emphasizing the need for actors with similar stature to maintain authenticity in rival relationships.
Pictures illustrating the contrast in height between Rowoon and others underscored the director's considerations, revealing the intriguing intersection of physicality and character development in production.
Despite initial scepticism, the director, after a lengthy conversation with Rowoon, became convinced that the SF9 member perfectly embodied the character of Jung Ji Un. Reflecting on their meeting, Song Hyun Wook praised Rowoon's humour and confidence, affirming that Ji Un felt like an extension of Rowoon himself.
Here is Song Hyun Wook's statement:
“[On] our first meeting, [Rowoon and I] talked for about an hour-and-a half and after that conversation, I wasn’t worried anymore because he was very funny, [and] he was very confident… To me, [Ji Un] just seemed like Rowoon himself, it was just as if [Ji-Un] had just come to life once again, so I knew that he was ready and he was all set.”
Fans of "The King’s Affection" will likely agree that Rowoon's contribution to the drama is irreplaceable. The tale of royalty, relationships, and rivalries takes on a unique dimension with Rowoon's towering presence, proving that sometimes, height becomes a crucial factor even in the intricate world of casting decisions.