Lee Joon Gi and Joo Ji Hoon are Besties
Actors Lee Joon Gi and Joo Ji Hoon, who are currently serving in the army, are garnering interest for showing their supportive relationship. Joo will be discharged from the army on November 21, while Lee is expected to be discharged next year on February 16. And the entertainment industry is already busily calling dibs on the two actors.
From dramas to films, it’s safe to say that the actors are being flooded with scripts and casting offers. However, rather than compete over one project, the two actors are so close, they are recommending roles they think would best suit the another at the bewilderment of those around them.
“I met with Lee Joon Gi’s agency for a drama casting, and [he] praised Joo Ji Hoon so much and recommended him for the leading role,” said one entertainment industry official. “Lee Joon Gi met and became close to Joo Ji Hoon in the army, and they’ve become best friends. They’re not competing with each other, but, because they know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, they’re recommending each other for roles that best suits the other.”
Prior to their enlisting in the army, Lee Joon Gi and Joo Ji Hoon were only slightly acquainted with one another. Despite being the same age, the two actors kept to themselves and were rivals as rising hallyu stars. While their promotional activities never overlapped, the two were often pitted against each other because of their similar age and star quality. Maybe it’s for that reason they were wary of one another before their enlistment, but, according to acquaintances of the two actors, Lee and Joo got close after being double cast in musical The Voyage of Life.
An acquaintance of the two actors said, “Their personalities are totally different. While Joo Ji Hoon is meticulous, enjoys reading and has a quiet personality, Lee Joon Gi is outgoing and has a wild personality. However, they′re similar in that they′re both popular among guys because they’re masculine, loyal and have a strong sense of responsibility. As Lee Joon Gi got close to Joo Ji Hoon, he’s read books recommended by Joo and learned a lot from him as a vocalist. Joo Ji Hoon, on the other hand, is envious of Lee Joon Gi’s dance and rap skills, and Lee Joon Gi has taught him some tips.”
The friend continued, “They got close quickly as they learned from each other what they were lacking and how to make up for it. Lee Joon Gi likes to drink, but Joo Ji Hoon can’t drink. But I heard they try to accommodate each other.”
Joo received an offer to appear in drama Daepungsu upon being discharged from the army. However, it fell through due to production costs. Still, he has been receiving a steady stream of offers to appear in a number of musicals, and fans may be able to see him on stage as early as the first half of next year.
Lee is currently being inundated with offers to appear in historical dramas and for action roles. While he is looking for a project like The King and the Clown and Iljimae, where he will be able to display his action skills, Lee, who has entered into his 30s, has also expressed an interest in coming back through a melodrama.
Many are looking forward to seeing the two actors’ matured images after being discharged from the army.