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MBC Dramatic Jay Park Recap

Posted on: April 26, 2011

Date 2011.04.26

On the same day Jay Park released his first solo album, MBC aired “Dramatic Jay”, a documentary style program following Jay as he prepared for his comeback.  As most kpop fans know, Jay Park was the leader of 2pm before a controversy forced Jay to leave the group and the country.  His fans were determined to get him back into the industry and as the show reveals, after 596 days Jay Park’s comeback was official.

The show begins with Jay arriving at a dance studio to practice for his music videos.  We are introduced to some of his dance team including two bboys from the famous Rivers Crew Bboy Jo-T and Bboy Rookie.  It must be a huge honor for Jay to be in the company of such renowned bboys, especially since he grew up watching clips of these guys dancing.  The two must also be very close to Jay because for some reason they had new sneakers for Jay.  Bboy Rookie explains that it’s a thank you gift and Jay awkwardly accepts not knowing what he supposedly did to receive it.  We also get to meet Ha Woo Shin, a popular choreographer who has choreographed for kpop groups like 2pm, Beast and Supreme Team.

During break time, the guys play some competitive Tetris and it seems Jay needs to work on his blocking skills.  The producer asks what Jay’s favorite game is and Jay cheekily replies “The Truth Game.”  So they do just that.  When asked whether Jay would pick dancing or singing Jay answers that while he’s lately found singing to be extremely fun he picks dancing because without it, he wouldn’t have met the friends he has.

The music video incorporates several bboy moves at the request of Jay who wanted to showcase the danceform.  Bboy Rookie gets Jay to do a tumbling move which involves Jay doing a forward flip in midair.  He shyly tells the camera that he’s a bit scared while bboy Rookie admits that the moves are even hard for him to master.  Jay tries over and over to land on his feet but fails.  But Jay explains that if he wants to do something he has to do it no matter what.  So we get a montage of him flipping and falling, flipping and falling.  The producer asks why Jay bboys when its so dangerous and Jay answers in typical Jay style “because it’s fun.”

What we assume to be days later, Jay and the bboys go out to relieve their stress.  What’s better than getting wasted?  Bowling.  It seems Jay has fallen in love with the game and explains that every time he plays he learns how to get better and better.  He likes it even more when there’s a wager, making things a bit more interesting for all parties involved.  At first Jay and his teammate Bboy Jo-T fall behind and we see Jay failing to get any strikes.  However after a shot or two of Milkis (Korean carbonated yogurt soda), Jay gets his second wind and eventually annihilates his competition.

After the game the crew goes out for some Korean BBQ and we get to see Jay scarf down Korean beef and bean paste stew.  Surprisingly Jay likes this food more than steak and bboy Rookie says Jay has the taste buds of a Korean.  But Jay is quick on his toes and replies that they would need some soju to go with the BBQ.  Spoken like a true Korean.

When Bboy Rookie eats a super hot pepper, Jay ends up playing rock, paper scissors with a group of girls with the losers eating the pepper.  Jay wins and in a scene worthy of a variety show, each guy prepares a hot pepper laced lettuce wrap for the girls and feeds it to them as punishment.

We also get an explanation of Jay’s tattoos during dinner.  The one on his back is the name of his fan club and he momentarily pauses to tell the camera that he loves his fans.  We love you too man.  😛  Also the stars have no meaning and Rookie decides the stars mean that Jay’s a superstar.  The bromance between Jay and Rookie is too cute.

Some time later, we get to see a meeting of the suits to talk about the actors for several roles in what I assume is a film.  The director asks to meet with Jay and there are questions as to whether Jay can speak Korean like a native.  They are assured that his language skills are up to par and in the next scene we see Jay at the set of Mr. Idol.  Jay says that he’s frustrated because he wants to work out, practice for his debut and work on his album but all he can do is wait for filming to begin.  So during his down time Jay writes lyrics for his second album and goes on twitter.

Finally after 5 hours we get to see Jay’s acting.  He plays a particularly ornery idol who has a bad ass attitude.  While  his acting is impressive Jay admits that acting is hard for him.  He’s still not used to the entire concept of it, the huge amount of down time and the fact that filming is usually done in isolated areas.  Its not something he sees himself doing in the long run.

On the day of the mv filming, everything starts off well but Jay fails to perform the front flip he had practiced so long for.  Eventually the have him do a back flip and continue with filming.  However, the day begins to grow longer and Jay starts to grow tired.  The bboys try to lift his spirits and get him pumped for the bboy portion of the video.  However, Jay and the boys have a hard time completing their stunts and injure themselves.  However, after numerous takes the boys successfully complete each move, including the front standing flip Jay had failed to land several times before.

After filming Jay admits that his landing wasn’t perfect and doesn’t feel satisfied his performance.  But he’s a perfectionist and says he’s always been like that, whether its his dancing or singing.  It’s never good enough.

Finally, the show concludes with clips of Jay joking around.  He wants to send a video love letter to Han Ye Seul and then tries to pretend that the woman putting on his mic was trying to molest him.  And in the cutest moment of the show he looks into the camera and says “I Love You” complete with the quintessential FOB heart.  JJAN!

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