Actor Woo Do Hwan talked about “Bloodhounds” production, which was severely affected by Kim Sae Ron’s drunk driving accident.
Based on a webtoon of the same name, “Bloodhounds” revolves around two young men who get caught up in the world of private loans, where the money comes before human life, fighting against huge forces to survive. In this drama, Woo Do Hwan plays Gun Woo, a promising boxer who is sincere and righteous.
“Bloodhounds” aroused keen attention from the production stage as it is Woo Do Hwan’s comeback work after his military discharge. However, when the filming was about to come to an end in May last year, actress Kim Sae Ron, who played the role of Hyun Joo, caused the production team to face a crisis because of her drunk driving accident.
At that time, Kim Sae Ron reportedly hit guardrails, street trees, and transformers more than three times while driving under the influence of alcohol in Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. The actress later dropped out of all projects and had to pay a fine of 20 million won.
Due to the incident, director Kim Joo Hwan had to revise episodes 7 and 8, which contain most of Kim Sae Ron’s footage. In this regard, Woo Do Hwan said, “Everyone was shocked when the fellow actress caused a controversy. It was like a bolt from the blue. Director Joo Hwan called me a lot that morning. He said he didn’t know what to do about it and his mind went blank. I also felt upset.”
Revealing that the actors and production staff became more united after the incident, Woo Do Hwan explained, “The director went down to Jeju Island and rewrote the script 7 to 8 times within a month. Both Sang Yi hyung and I worked on improving our physical fitness during that period”.
Describing the director as a “precious older brother”, Woo Do Hwan shared, “I know better than anyone how much effort he has put into this project. I didn’t want to see him collapse. Since I played the main character, and I had other staff members, Sang Yi hyung, and other senior actors by my side, I also thought to myself that I should never collapse.”
He added, “There were moments when things were so hard and I felt like cursing, but if I were to say it out loud, I think everyone would have felt the same. I tried to encourage everyone on the set by saying, ‘It’s okay, don’t worry’, ‘You guys still have me and Sang Yi hyung, right?’, and so on. I think we tried our best to improve episodes 7 and 8.”