A Korean actor withdrew from “Hotel Del Luna” and missed out on working with IU, but married a super famous actress.
The hit K-drama “Hotel Del Luna” is a life-changing project for many of its cast members, including IU, who gained recognition as a true actress instead of an “acting idol”. At the same time, it also boosted the popularity of supporting actors and actresses such as Lee Do Hyun, Kang Mina, and Lee Tae Sun. In the case of Lee Tae Sun, he has only been acting for 3 years when “Hotel Del Luna” aired, and gained massive attention after starring as IU’s “found brother” Yun Woo.
Through “Hotel Del Luna”, Lee Tae Sun was highly praised for his visuals that shine regardless of historical or modern outfit. His soul acting skill was also the talk of town, and it is no exaggeration to say that the drama has changed this actor’s life.
Lee Tae Sun in historical styling vs in modern styling
The actor became close with IU after starring in “Hotel Del Luna”
With such perfect styling and acting, it is often thought that Lee Tae Sun is the first choice for the role of Yun Woo. However, as it turns out, the character was originally offered to Choi Tae Joon, who decided to withdraw last-minute. According to Choi Tae Joon’s agency, the actor’s withdrawal was due to certain conflicts in creative interests, which include the drama’s direction and the role and importance of characters. Afterwards, Lee Tae Sun filled up Choi Tae Joon’s position, though it is reported that his character has been vastly adjusted compared to the original script received by Choi Tae Joon.
As “Hotel Del Luna” turned out to be a huge commercial success, many netizens expressed that by rejecting the series, Choi Tae Joon has missed out on a life-changing opportunity. They pointed out that other roles of the actor were not as popular as “Hotel Del Luna”, and expressed regrets over his withdrawal. Some even claimed that he is more well-known for being the husband of famous actress Park Shin Hye than for his acting career.