Actor Lee Min-ho has been a 'perfect guy' from the moment the public started to recognize his name and face. He was the perfect guy at a top private high school in "Boys Over Flowers" (KBS, 2009), a cold-hearted guy of the city who is a 'real man' and a well-reputed planner in "Personal Taste" (MBC, 2010) and an employee of the national communications network control team at the presidential Blue House who drives an imported car and easily spends several millions of wons a day in "City Hunter" (SBS, 2011). In other words, an actor who has played men who have everything and shot to stardom through "Boys Over Flowers." And this glamorous and distinguished aspect to this star celebrity made it so easy to describe this actor.
Yet the moments he truly shined was when his perfectness, achieving the golden ratio, ruptured. The reason that Goo Joon-pyo in "Boys Over Flowers" instantly seized women's hearts was because of his arrogant gestures which did not suit his proud physical appearance and perfect background, then Jun Jin-ho in "Personal Taste" was indecisive over his greediness to dig into the secret of Korean-style houses versus his pure love toward Gae-in (Son Ye-jin) and Lee Yoon-sung of "City Hunter," with financial power and fighting capability, went to great pains to think there must be a better solution even at the moment he punishes a villain.
Of course, such are the types of characters he may have been asked to play. But it is hard to deny that it is not by stroke of luck but the ability to portray all those moments of hesitance that he became who he is today. That is why one needs to carefully look back on his past where he appeared in a number of projects that helped solidify his acting skills. If you are interested by Lee's choice of songs that he says he listened to at memorable moments of his life, it is because they reveal a bit of the concerns and depth he has as a human being, not as the bright and shining star.
1. Kim Yeon-woo "If You Are Like Me"
The first song that Lee recommended, saying it is the song he listens to most often these days, is Kim Yeon-woo's remake of Kim Jang-hoon's "If You Are Like Me" on broadcaster MBC's singing competition "I'm a Singer." "I tend to listen to a song over and over again, until I get sick of it and that's the case with this song right now. I actually didn't get to see Kim Yeon-woo sing the song on the show because I was filming 'City Hunter' then. But I was in the car to go somewhere when it started playing on the radio. And I think I was moved by how his voice was so clear and relaxed, as if I was listening to someone's story being told on the radio. Also, the song may be easy on the ears but if you try singing it yourself, you'll realize that it's actually nowhere close to easy to sing. It's a very high-pitched song." "If You Are Like Me" that Kim Yeon-woo sang on "I'm a Singer" is probably the song that has strayed furthest from the usual style of music that he does. Yet it was also the first time the audience got to see him sing with his veins bulging out.
2. Insooni "Goose's Dream"