Park Seo-Joon’s Brief but Impactful Role in The Marvels Sparks Mixed Reactions
Park Seo-Joon, a renowned Korean actor, has captivated audiences worldwide with his versatile acting skills. He is best known for his roles in popular dramas such as She Was Pretty (2015), What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim (2018), and most notably, Itaewon Class (2020).
His performance in these dramas, especially as Park Sae Royi in Itaewon Class, has not only won the hearts of fans but also caught the attention of Nia Dacosta, the director of The Marvels.
In an exclusive interview with Cine21, translated by Koreaboo, Dacosta revealed that she discovered Park during the COVID-19 pandemic and was immediately struck by his charismatic presence.
She admitted to being captivated by his performance in Itaewon Class, which led her to explore more of his works.
This sentiment is something many fans can undoubtedly relate to.
Consequently, when casting for the role of Prince Yan in The Marvels, Park Seo Joon was the first actor that came to her mind. This decision was met with overwhelming excitement and support from his dedicated fan base.
However, Park Seo Joon’s appearance in The Marvels sparked a different kind of conversation among viewers.
Park Seo Joon’s Screen Time was Compared to the Time It Takes to Cook Cup Noodles
Despite his prominent role as Prince Yan, the love interest of Captain Marvel (played by Brie Larson), and being featured on the international poster alongside his co-stars, his actual screen time in the movie was surprisingly brief.
A fan’s rough calculation estimated it to be less than three minutes.
Or to be precise, 2 minutes 47 seconds.
This revelation led to a wave of disappointment among fans, with discussions emerging on The Qoo, a South Korean Internet Community.
Some netizens pointed out the disparity between his extensive promotion and his minimal presence in the film, feeling that his role was more akin to an extra than a lead actor.
But the controversy didn’t end with his screen time.
Park Seo Joon’s appearance in the movie, particularly his styling, also became a topic of debate among Korean netizens.
In one scene, Prince Yan is seen wearing a gold headdress with two large wings on each side, which some noted bore a slight resemblance to the golden crowns from Korea’s Silla era, a Korean kingdom that existed between 57 BCE – 935 CE.
This comparison sparked a range of reactions, from amusement to criticism.
One netizen humorously likened the headdress’s “wings” to those of a “decorated elephant,” while others questioned its intended resemblance to a gold crown.
Despite these critiques, it’s hard to deny that Park Seo Joon’s charm and good looks still shone through, even if the styling choices were somewhat unconventional.