Moon Jung-Hyuk Suffers Serious Injury
People facing health problems in TV Dramas is nothing new, sadly. We reported about Lee Bo-Young's several little accidents on the set of 서동요 (The Ballad of Seo Dong), and recently two young stars faced similar situations. Kim Ah-Joong fainted twice, while shooting 별난여자 별난남자 (The Bizarre Bunch), and Kim Ok-Bin had the same problem while working on the interesting new KBS Drama 안녕하세요, 하느님 (Hello God). Now even Moon Jung-Hyuk and Han Ji-Min were added to the list.
The Shinhwa member-turned actor and young star were shooting a stunt scene for the 3rd Episode of MBC's 늑대 (Wolf), in the neighborhood of Jong-Ro. Moon was shooting a scene where his character tries to protect Han from an incoming car by covering her. But at the end, because the car lost control, he was hit strongly by the impact. People from MBC commented they're still not sure how this will affect the shooting of the show, but it seems Moon hurt himself more than expected (neck, back and knees in particular). After undergoing MRI, Moon will probably have to go through surgery, and there's a big chance he'll have to rest a lot longer than expected. Han hit her head, and suffered no serious injuries, but she's receiving treatment as a result of the big shock. Of course the Drama is the smallest of concerns now, but as 6 scenes for Episode 3, and the majority of Episode 4 still have to be shot, there's a good chance next week they'll show repeats or something else entirely. MBC commented that, since the health of the actors is the most important thing, they'll have to look at that first, and then decide.
If this accident doesn't show Drama producers have to start shooting the ENTIRE show before broadcast, I don't know what will. Between super-pro Kim Jung-Eun going crazy over 루루공주 (Princess Lulu)'s schedule, the various little fainting accidents on several Daily and Weekly TV Dramas, and something a little more serious like this, it's the health of the actors they should care about. Of course, Drama producers tend to shoot shows 'on the fly', so that they can make little chances based on the show's response (add or take off episodes based on popularity, change endings, etc.). We wish a speedy recovery to Han and Moon, and hopefully this bad day will bring 'Wolf' some luck in the future. It certainly needs it. Maybe MBC needs a shaman? How can a station be so unlucky...
We'll update on Moon's condition Monday, on Korean Weekly News.