Historical drama Jun Jiu Ling 君九龄 has drawn some discussion for its casting of what Netizens refer to as its “ugly male protagonist”. A bit harsh to be honest, but instead of talking about whether the story is good and if the drama’s plot is worth watching, what has viewers talking about the show is their dissatisfaction at the male lead’s appearance. Jun Jiu Ling producer Yan Dandan recently touched upon the subject, saying she had no hesitations about casting Jin Han. It can be remembered that Jin Han first drew attention as the villain in Princess Agents before moving on to leading man roles.
Casting Jin Han is Very Suitable
In Jun Jiu Ling, he plays the military commander Zhu Zan and Peng Xiaoran’s romantic interest. Whilst Jin Han might not be the typical “handsome” face you see in dramas, many viewers have already said that it was his personality and charisma that caught their attention. Yet, there are still those who feel that his aesthetics is not suitable for a historical drama. To this, Yan Dandan explained the reason behind their choice to cast him.
“It’s because Jin Han has played similar roles in his previous works. Even though he doesn’t have what we’d consider the typical “good- looking hero” sort of aesthetics – pale, tender, thin eyebrows and big eyes, this kind of male image, his image is indeed very suitable for the character of a masculine general so we cast him.”
Talking about the casting standard for costume dramas, Yan Dandan believes that “the reason why actors are actors is because of their ability to play any role. Playing a character in a costume drama should be no different from what we are now such as urban dramas. In fact, what determines the choice is whether the actor can adapt and fit in rather than saying the actor can only play ancient costume drama roles and not suspense ones. I believe we shouldn’t classify actors based on genre, but how flexible he is.”
Have you watched Jun Jiu Ling already? If so, what are your thoughts about the show?