Kang Ji Hwan Got Worried About His Commercials When He Was Fat and Dirty
Kang Ji Hwan revealed the difficulties he had to go through in real life because of his role in the comedy film Detective Cha.
The actor attended the press preview and roundtable for the film held on May 22 in Seoul, and stated, "I was worried that I wouldn′t get any more commercial contracts because I became fat and dirty."
In the film, Kang Ji Hwan first appears as the fat and dirty detective Cha Chul Soo, and then transforms into a model that conquers the runway as the story progresses. As a result, he had to first gain weight then lose it during the shoot. He lost 15kg over the course of the shoot.
Kang Ji Hwan said, "In the beginning I was fat and dirty, but I tried to ruin myself a lot for the charming image at the end. Still, I was worried that my fat and dirty self would cut off any cool commercials."
He added, "When we were shooting in Daegeon, I sat in the middle of an underpass after having lunch, and it seemed to fit me pretty well. Sung Yuri took a picture of that."
"It was most difficult to gain and then lose weight," he said. "I had to wage war with fat."
Director Shin Tae Ra showed he was completely satisfied with Kang Ji Hwan′s efforts. "After seeing the scenario for Detective Cha, I thought that Kang Ji Hwan was the only person for this role," he said. "Kang Ji Hwan is Korea′s Johnny Depp."
Detective Cha is a comedy film about how a hard-working detective is given a mission to sneak into the runway as a fashion model. Sung Yuri appeared as the fashion designer Ko Young Jae, who tries to help Chul Soo transform into a fashion model. The film will premiere on May 31.
Photo credit: Kim Byung Kwan