With Bigbang Seungri’s recent interview, there’s been a lot of confusion as to what really happened during the casting of Moazart. Unfortunately, Seungri was quite misinformed and thus gave a inaccurate interview describing Mozart’s casting process. Hopefully, this will clear up the confusion and give fans the CORRECT information about what actually happened during casting.
In his recent interview, Seungri said:
(*Certain irrelevant parts of the interview have been omitted* and the parts in red are where Seungri was wrong)
Q: What other musicals would you like to do besides “Jekyll and Hyde?”
Actually, the director of the musical “Mozart” that Junsu was part of contacted me first. But after listening to the songs, I told him that “I couldn’t do it.”
It was because the songs were beyond my abilities. Junsu could do it because he’s Junsu, but if I were to do it, I don’t think there would have been a “Mozart.” Of course his great success does make me a bit jealous. ^^ But I don’t think I would have gotten the attention that Junsu did if I had performed as “Mozart”
Q: So you’re looking for a musical that you’ll be able to show your true colors at the perfect timing?
A: Well, I’m a really quick thinker. Once I see the synopsis and the script, I can tell that “oh I should do this a certain way,” but regarding “Mozart,” I could tell the moment I saw it that “I couldn’t do this.” There are things that you can’t do no matter how much to try. So I told the director, “I’m sorry. I really don’t think I’m right for the part. But later on, if you are leading a great project again, please let me know and I will consider it.” And the director told me that he would. So there was that kind of happening. And well, once I rejected, they went straight to Kim Junsu. ^^
But actually, the role was supposed to originally go to Jo SungMo. But he hurt his leg and couldn’t do it. Then the role was offered to me. But I replied that “I couldn’t do it” and the role went straight to Junsu and he became really successful as a result. ^^
…and here’s what REALLY happened:
1) From EMK director, Yoo HeSung’s, interview for a Japanese Magazine “韓流・華流ブック 2010・春”
Q: About casting Junsu
A: 「I was in charge of the entire casting, including the ensemble. About Junsu, I really wanted to cast him as “Mozart” from the beginning, but unfortunately, because of his problems with his management company, I gave up on him for the time being. I then held auditions and casted Jo Sung Mo, but he got hurt during a TV program…(omit)」
2) From an interview given by Park EunTae (one of the cast members who played “Mozart”)
Q: How did you get cast for “Mozart?”
A: “I applied for the role after seeing an ad for auditions. I was actually rejected in the beginning and singer Jo Sung Mo, musical Star Park Gun Hyung, and Lim Tae Kyung was triple cast. But Jo ended up dropping out and I was casted for the role of Mozart. At first, it wasn’t even an official casting. They first offerred to cast me as a “cover” (a person who stands on stage in place of the lead actor), but thankfully the company pushed for quadruple-casting and for me to become one of the official actors for the role of “Mozart.””
3) From a post left in a Naver Cafe by a staff from the musical “Mozart”
I’ve previously told you that our company will be hosting “Musical Mozart!” next January at 새종문화회간. Lim TaeKyung, Park GunHyung, and Jo SungMo were cast as the lead role of Mozart, but due to Jo’s leg injury, we’ve cast the person we originally wanted to cast but were forced to give up on, Kim Junsu.
I was encouraged by Jo SungMo’s casting, but his leg injury made me quite pessimistic. However, with Junsu’s casting, I thought “ah! I hope we can turn the misfortune circumstances to our advantage”
In November, the first round of ticket sales (nowadays, we divide up the ticket sales for the sake of promotion) were held without a certain confirmation of Junsu’s casting for the second show. However, with rumors that Junsu will be starring in our musical, the tickets sold for the second Mozart show sold out in two hours…. And we opened second round of ticket sales today at 12pm…
We opened with Junsu starring in the fifth show in a week’s worth of shows (the entire Mozart musical consists of 40 shows per Month), and Enterpark’s (= Korean Ticketmaster) server crashed for 2~30 minutes and right now, it’s been about 15 minutes, but we’ve already sold out 1,000 tickets and it looks like the fifth show (15,000 seats total) will be sold out soon.
It’s really good news… but it also worries me a bit, perhaps because I’m older now. I really felt how great the power of idol artists actually is.
4) From an interview given by Um HongHyun, EMK’s representative
Q: How did you cast Junsu for Mozart? At the time of the casting, weren’t DBSK’s 3 members (Junsu, Jaejoong, and Yuchun) in the middle of a lawsuit with their management company?
A: Yes, they were. We tried contacting Junsu numerous times but no one got back to us (SM was blocking them from ever reaching Junsu). But then by chance, we found out that Director Jo from the production team knew Junsu’s older cousin.
So we asked Junsu if we could meet him, and sent him videos, music, and synopsis from Mozart before our meeting. After reviewing the materials, Junsu decided to participate in the musical and contacted us. It took us an entire month just to meet Junsu (laughter).
1. Mozart was Junsu’s role “from the beginning”
2. SM prevented the Mozart team (EMK) from reaching Junsu -> EMK gives up
3. After giving up on Junsu, EMK holds auditions -> Jo SungMo, Park GunHyung, and Lim TaeKyung are cast as Mozart through auditions
4. Jo SungMo gets injured -> EMK asks numerous celebrities (including BigBang’s Seungri) and Park EunTae is cast as the substitute
5. Thanks to production team’s Director Jo’s connections, they are able to reach Junsu, the person they “originally” wanted to cast.
6. Junsu is successfully cast as Mozart!
Note from withjyj: Please don’t be too harsh on Seungri. Yes, he should have gotten his facts in order before giving such an interview, but he probably didn’t know all that was going on during casting. After all, casting directors rarely give you the full story on who’s rejected the role so far while they’re trying to get you to play for a certain role. So let’s be cool and understanding this time and hope that Seungri doesn’t make the same mistake again. ^^;
(update) oh yes, and I forgot to mention this. Seungri is actually a big Junsu fanboy T_T;; so I’m sure he really meant to harm…; oii..;