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Why You Should Be Excited About This Dark K-Drama

K-dramas have become increasingly popular lately, thanks to their expansion into various genres. For instance, we’ve had a slew of exciting dramas this year, ranging from a soothing romantic love story to a gripping revenge-themed thriller starring Song Hye Kyo (Descendants of the Sun). Furthermore, we’ve also had some surprises, such as Bloodhounds, which cast two unexpected actors in complex characters, which we thought wouldn’t be as easy to pull off.

If K-drama fans are delighted to see these developments in the industry and are eager for more, they have one waiting right around the corner of 2023 in the form of the crime drama Vigilante. The series follows a young man named Kim Ji Yong (Nam Joo Hyuk), a student at the police academy who lost his mother at the hands of a gangster when he was young.

When his day as a cop ends, he puts up another persona as a hooded vigilante, storming the streets to clean up any criminals so as not to see more victims like his mother. While the premise gives you plenty of reasons to be enthusiastic, the drama holds many more surprises, which only adds to the anticipation.

Nam Joo Hyuk in an Action Role
Vigilante cast


Many people who are unfamiliar with the actor Nam Joo Hyuk may not think it is a big deal that he would play a full-fledged action part in his upcoming drama, as many actors often venture into these roles. However, Korean dramas are renowned for spending a lot of effort crafting action scenes and seldom use stunt doubles unless necessary.

For instance, many actors such as Ji Chang Wook, Lee Je Hoon, and Song Joong Ki do most of their stunts themselves unless they involve jumping through buildings or breaking ankles. In that sense, Nam Joo Hyuk will be venturing into uncharted territory and needs to undergo training before fighting criminals in the drama by donning a hood.

Furthermore, given how the actor has only played mood-lightening roles in romance dramas thus far, seeing him in the spotlight of a drama fully blood-drenched in violence and gore would be something fans would be looking forward to.

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One of the Darkest Webtoon Stories Around
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As many might not be aware, the drama is actually based on a popular webtoon, much like many more adaptations that have been spawning in the industry lately. However, Korean dramas usually don’t delve into darker stories as much as movies do, so it is a welcome addition to this year’s schedule.

Sure, there have been a few dramas that have explored some extremely dark and disturbing stories, like Mouse, Connect, and Dark Hole, but none have managed to hit the bar the audiences had set for them before their release.

Vigilante may wind up in the same place as others, but something tells us that it will be different, perhaps due to its non-complex storyline, which is easier to execute. The most recent drama, Bloodhounds, has been a great example of constant thrills and suspense, and it bears a similar premise to Vigilante, although on the surface.

Related: 14 Best Revenge-Themed K-Dramas That Are So Satisfying

The only worrisome thing would be Disney+ taking on the project rather than Netflix, which has clearly had enormous success with Webtoon adaptations. However, seeing as how Disney+ has already gotten very close to understanding the interests of fans with the previous drama, Connect, it is highly possible that they might just pull it off.

More Reasons to be Excited About
Vigilante K-drama Disney+

While the fact that the drama is adapted from a popular webtoon and its dark premise is intriguing enough, there are plenty more reasons to be excited. For example, it also features a star-studded cast that includes Money Heist Korea’s Yoo Ji Tae, who would be ideal for the role of the detective who hunts down Kim Ji Yong in the drama.

The actor has previously played several outstanding roles, such as Choi Kang Woo in Mad Dog, Kim Moon Ho in Healer, and Park Hee Soo in The Swindlers. Furthermore, the drama also stars two of Korea’s most popular actors: Kim So Jin and Lee Joon Hyuk. While their roles in the drama are currently under disclosure, the actors always produce powerful performances regardless of their parts.

Fans of Through the Darkness would know how versatile Kim So Jin can be, and likewise, if you’ve watched enough Korean dramas, the odds are you’ve probably seen Lee Joon Hyuk in at least one of them. Nine times out of ten, the actor gets as much spotlight as the series’ main protagonist.

It looks like Disney+ is not holding back while adapting the webtoon into a live-action series, as they went so far as to cast these prominent actors. If you haven’t read the webtoon yet, we strongly advise you to do so—while it would ruin the drama’s experience, you would be more enthusiastic than ever to see it in live-action from the artwork that only speaks through words.

Vigilante will be released on Disney+ in November 2023.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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