|Korean actor Lee Min-ho in 2007 TV series "Mackerel Run" [SBS]|
EBS TV series "Secret Campus" -- where Lee had made his acting debut -- achieved relatively satisfactory results, but a trial was awaiting Lee. He became involved in a serious accident. One can imagine how big an accident it was, considering he had to put in iron rods in his right thigh and knee.
"I was lying in a hospital bed for seven months and so I had to take a year and a half off from work." His accident was all the more painful because he had been set to appear in MBC sitcom "High Kick!" and MBC mini-series "9 End 2 Outs".
After recovering from the accident, the first drama that he ambitiously readied himself for was SBS TV series "Mackerel Run." "It was my first lead role in a drama. When the show was about to premiere, I couldn't even get any sleep because of the pressure. And there was also some pressure from having to overact, which I had to do because it suited the drama."
He was reunited with actress Park Bo-young in the series. "There weren't many actors who could play high school students at the time. We used to run into each other a lot at auditions and we were both cast in 'Mackerel Run.' Even back then, Bo-young was a really talented actress."
|Actor Lee Min-ho on the set of SBS TV series "Mackerel Run" [SBS]|
Because he went through so much trouble shooting the show, Lee said he felt even more heartbroken when he heard the show would be cut short. "I guess I felt dejected because I was working so hard and they told me the show was going to end. And I was enjoying watching the show, maybe because I was in it. (laugh) Even now when I watch re-runs of the show, I see that I made a lot of funny facial expressions."
Even though it left many painful memories, "Mackerel Run" would have a profound impact on casting Lee for his next acting project -- 2007 film "Our School E.T."
|Actor Lee Min-ho (third from left) and the cast of TV series "Mackerel Run" [SBS]|