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(Yonhap Interview) 'Cheese in the Trap' actor dismisses rumors of interfering with script

All Headlines 11:39 March 03, 2016

SEOUL, March 3 (Yonhap) -- It was only days before the final episode of tvN's "Cheese in the Trap" was to be broadcast when its actor Seo Kang-joon sat down with Yonhap News Agency for an interview.

At the time of the interview, he was under a harsh spotlight for rumors that he had meddled with storyline of the popular webtoon-based drama.

Disappointment among fans was palpable online about the shift in the eponymous online cartoon's plot, which saw an increased focus on Paek In-ho played by Seo and a consequent complication in the romantic relationship between Hong Seol and Yoo Jung, the two main characters played by Kim Go-eun and Park Hae-jin, respectively. Even the writer of the original cartoon, who goes by the pen name Soonkki, voiced disapproval on her personal blog.

Sitting in a cafe in Gangnam, southern Seoul, on a recent frosty Monday morning, Seo spoke about the sarcastic comments from drama followers that Paek had turned out to be the real male protagonist out of nowhere.

"I understand how angry fans are over the change in the storyline, but it is not true at all that I played a role in changing the script," said the 22-year-old.

There were rumors widely circulating on the Internet that he plotted with producer Lee Yoon-jeong to change the script so as to make his role stand out, an accusation that stemmed from his statement to a group of reporters in January that he changed some of the lines that he didn't like.

"Changing the storyline or script is virtually impossible for an inexperienced young actor like me," Seo said. "I ad-libbed here and there and tweaked some lines to make the character more alive, but I have never changed the contents of the script."

He held back a bit before he said "I feel sorry that fans are disappointed. I fully understand how they feel."

In the 16-episode romance thriller, Seo played a friend of Hong Seol, whose outwardly silly, carefree and bold-faced character defies his delicate and warm heart. The role was a departure for Seo who came across as much more of a scholar in his previous historical dramas.

"Every actor dreams of breaking their acting frame that builds up with previous roles. So it was fun to find out different aspects of my acting," Seo said.

"Cheese in the Trap," which ended on Tuesday, met with mixed responses from viewers. Some liked its animated characters who did a great job in delivering the interesting plot, but others found the ending too deviant from the original cartoon.

jaeyeon.woo@yna.co.kr
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