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Producer of Suho's drama apologizes to EXO fans for making them work without pay

By yckim124   Friday, November 11, 2016   96,262   12,698   38



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Producer Kim Ji Hyun of the new MBC drama 'Star In the Universe', starring Suho, apologized for taking advantage of EXO fans. 

SEE ALSO: EXO's Suho to make his musical debut with 'The Last Kiss'

At the end of October, approximately 200 EXO fans gathered to take part in a scene of 'Star In the Universe'. According to the fans who were at the set, they arrived at 5 p.m. and stayed overnight through the cold weather for filming. It's also stated that the drama staff was incredibly rude, yelling directions, and treating the young fans harshly. To make matters worse, it's claimed that none of the fans received pay because the producer automatically assumed that their chance of working with an EXO member is an incentive itself. 

Angered fans shared the terrible experience on online communities, and Kim Ji Hyun PD responded to their complaints with an apology on November 10. Kim PD wrote on her Instagram, 

"Hello, this is producer Kim Ji Hyun of 'Star in the Universe'. The responsibility of the drama set is on me, therefore, I want to sincerely apologize to the fans of actor Kim Joon Myun (Suho). I apologize for the actions and behaviors of the staff members in our team. The fault is heavy on me who couldn't be cautious of the sets where you came to give help. First, I want to apologize to the fans who might have been hurt. I am deeply sorry. I will contact the participants in the filming and will take responsibility in any method I can. The drama, 'Star In the Universe', has the theme of respecting fandoms. The drama was written and made through a long time of carefully considering the hearts of each and every fan. If the precious hearts have been hurt, then I no longer have a reason to work on the drama. Actor Kim Joon Myun gave his best for the drama and was an actor who received the greatest love from the staff on the set. I, too, treat him with adoration and worked in the drama. We are trying our best to deliver the drama like a present. I apologize once more on behalf of the producers and staff."

안녕하세요, <우주의별이> 연출 김지현입니다. 촬영 현장에 대한 책임은 저에게 있으므로, 배우 김준면의 팬 분들께 공식적으로 진심 어린 사과의 말씀을 드리고 싶습니다. 팀내 일부 스텝들의 팬들의 향한 언행과 태도에 대해 사과드립니다. 도움을 주러 직접 찾아주신 현장에서, 이를 면면히 살피지 못한 제 책임이 큽니다. 우선 마음 다치신 팬분들이 계시다면 이에 사과드립니다, 정말 미안합니다, 참여해 주신 분들께 연락드리고 어떠한 방식으로든 연출로서 도의적인 책임을 지도록 하겠습니다. 드라마 <우주의 별이>는 팬심에 대한 존중을 주제로 하고 있습니다. 팬 분들의 그 소중한 마음 하나 하나에 대해 염려하면서 오랫동안 스스로 쓰고 다듬고 만든 드라마입니다. 그 소중한 마음들이 다친다면, 제가 본 드라마를 할 이유가 없어집니다. 배우 김준면은 최선의 노력을 다해 작품에 임하였으며, 현장에서 스텝들에게 그 누구보다 사랑받는 배우였습니다. 저 또한 그렇게 아끼고 대하며 현장에 임했습니다. 기다리시는 팬 분들을 존중하는 마음으로, 본 드라마를 선물처럼 전달해 드리려고 노력하고 있습니다. 저희 제작진을 대표해 다시한번 사과드립니다.

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yungxin Saturday, November 12, 2016

TBH exols r getting better. Its rare to see that there's no scandal of fans rushing to the idols now i'm proud n Pls treat the idols better they have lives even though they're working 4 u please treat them better they r human n have feelings they're not just robots

chiyasuho Saturday, November 12, 2016

altought im not exoL but suho is bias, so it wasting suho time when idol work hard to find money but his using him for free? come onn PD just using exo popularity altought his extra at least paid a bit. but we still thank how nice suho is still accept even without paying

bangeryun94 Friday, November 11, 2016

I find it interesting that EXO fans are always treated harshly/badly.  Extras are rarely paid.

Rose_M_Saleh Friday, November 11, 2016

To all those criticizing EXO-Ls, go to a filming set to support your fav. idol, get mistreated and watch your idol getting mistreated, then open your motherfucker mouths. Other than that, stfu.

bangeryun94 Rose_M_Saleh Friday, November 11, 2016

I've been an extra on sets too many times to count. This is bullshit.

minivilly Friday, November 11, 2016

Used them for free and then gives a half-assed apology to wrap it up... Wow

intricate Friday, November 11, 2016

it's okay to not be paid as an extra, but it's not okay to not be taken care of properly while doing it. I've heard some rather horrible stories of Korean film sets, and one of the most notorious shortcomings is that they don't always have catering or even a sheltered waiting area.

inspirite97 intricate Friday, November 11, 2016

This is true my cousin has worked for independent films in korean and films produced by 2 top agencies the problem is that they are not really given breaks to eat (It's usally just snacks they buy from the convenience store not a proper meal for people who have been working all day ) they eat while rehearsing for lines or while driving to their next location. A lot of actors will just wait in their cars instead of huge tents like they have here in the US.

intricate inspirite97 Friday, November 11, 2016

And even the film set conditions in the US are often not that good, unless it's a big production for a well known production company.

HelloKpopFans Friday, November 11, 2016

Wow.....  what the heck is this???

Knigin Friday, November 11, 2016

Exols are so extra

Jamlessfordays99 Knigin Friday, November 11, 2016


inspirite97 Knigin Friday, November 11, 2016

this is simply being taken advantage off!

Chogidie Friday, November 11, 2016

its not about the payment but the mistreatment they gave and also used suho to threaten the fans

Chogidie Friday, November 11, 2016

Read this first before yall talk shit about EXO-Ls

HaveSomeKookies Chogidie Friday, November 11, 2016

Why should we believe someones banter on twitter, tho? The tweet, which people shall retweet, isn't even available anymore.

jli15 Friday, November 11, 2016

You're an extra, you ain't gunna get paid. And if yo do, it's only gunna be like a few bucks.

ahgase88 jli15 Friday, November 11, 2016

its not the money lmao its the way they treated them. dont get misled by the title

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