The musically themed drama "Do You Like Brahms" ended on October 20th with ratings of 6%. While not a trendsetter "Do You Like Brahms" has done much to improve the reputation of lead actor Lee Min-jae-I. The drama was big step up for his profile following much lower profile roles in "Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency" and "Dr. Romantic 2" and the actor recently gave an interview describing his feelings about the production.
Above all else Kim Min-jae-I expressed relief that no one was hurt during the production due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Regarding his actual performance in the drama, Kim Min-jae-I had uncertainties about his performance that will likely seem surprising to his fans. Kim Min-jae-I was frequently unsure whether he could properly express the feelings of a world class pianist, particularly in his first leading role.
In Kim Min-jae-I's acting process, he tried to avoid making his character seem too unusual. Kim Min-jae-I watched many piano performances, both virtually and in person, to prepare for the role. He observed that the individual technique of pianists, which could very in mannerism quite a bit from song to song, led him to believe there were many proper ways to deliver a powerful musical performance.
Kim Min-jae-I also confessed some similarities to his character from the outset. Kim Min-jae-I is a musically trained actor. He often is not talkative, and also considers himself to be considerate to the needs of others. There were few lines that Kim Min-jae-I's character would say that Kim Min-jae-I himself would not say. The main exception were lines with implicit meanings, which Kim Min-jae-I described as his favorite due to the wide variety of subtleties he could use to deliver those meanings.
Kim Min-jae-I also described himself as similar to his character in that they are both works in progress. Kim Min-jae-I is still a young actor after all. Kim Min-jae-I also described in various details how he likes to research his characters. According to Kim Min-jae-I, he would be interested in appearing in a theoretical third season of "Dr. Romantic" as he had really gotten into that character. At present, Kim Min-jae-I has no confirmed upcoming projects.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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