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  • Actor Um Tae Woong Undergoes Harsh Hazing in 'One Day Two Nights'
  • [2011-03-09]
  • Actor Um Tae Woong, nicknamed “Um Force,” joined KBS TV’s variety program “One Day Two Nights” as a new member and produced big laughter and excitement by going through a severe but friendly welcoming ceremony. On the episode that aired on March 6, Um Tae Woong, who became a new member of the program, met with the five other members for the first time, and then all six members went on a tour together. The scene where Um Tae Woong first appeared in “One Day Two Nights” displayed the real aspects of a variety show.




    ▲ Um Tae Woong made first appearance on the “One Day Two Nights” episode that aired on March 6.

    The other five members, who were completely excited with the anticipation about a new member, were given a special mission from the production director. To accomplish the mission, they had to make a surprise visit to Um Tae Woong’s home, wake him up, make him have breakfast, and bring him back to the film set for opening the program. They had only one hour to carry out the mission. Unless they accomplished the mission, they all had to sleep outside as a penalty.

    Production staff members prepared the setting of the mission elaborately by forming a plan together with Um Tae Woong’s manager. Um Tae Woong, who never expected the members’ sudden visit, was completely startled. In particular, Um Tae Woong was really embarrassed as he was sleeping only in his underwear, but he showed smiles all around while he brushed his teeth and had breakfast as the other members instructed. Um Tae Woong has been known as a person who usually becomes uncomfortable with strangers, but thanks to the harsh hazing, he could soon become close to other members of “One Day Two Nights.” Other members, who were a bit tense because of the first meeting with a new member, could also feel comfortable and friendly with Um Tae Woong’s totally unaffected behavior. Kang Ho Dong expressed good feelings towards Um when he came out from his house, saying, “His first impression was really nice.” Um Tae Woong said that he usually could not treat other people in a friendly manner due to his rather shy personality that makes him uncomfortable with unfamiliar people, and he explained why he had decided to appear in “One Day Two Nights,” saying, “I thought that maybe it was the right time for me to do something very exciting. At first, I rejected the suggestion to join the program, but I finally decided to appear in the program because I thought that I might become a better person while holding various activities on ‘One Day Two Nights.’ I will do my best for performing anything on the program without sparing myself. In addition, you might be able to be pleased by me from time to time.”

    Members went on a tour with Um Tae Woong under the theme of “orientation session for a freshman.” Um Tae Woong enraptured viewers with both his shy appearance that was far from his previous nickname “Um force” and his behavior, in which he gave his best effort while filming. In particular, he produced big laughter as he showed no nerves and was very good at quiz answering the capital of countries, but was completely bad at the game learning a multiplication table. After watching the episode in which Um Tae Woong appeared for the first time, viewers wrote favorable responses and revealed great anticipation about Um Tae Woong’s appearance by writing, “I was worried about Um Tae Woong, whether he could adapt to an entertaining program and whether he could create good harmony with other members on ‘One Day Two Nights,’ but he did much better than I anticipated, and he looked so friendly in the program,” and, “He has a completely different image from what I had expected; he looked fresh and charming.”

    Writer: KBSi Jin Young-ju
    Copyright ⓒ KBS & KBSi - Any illicit reproduction and distribution is prohibited.

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