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Acting Idol Backlash: WINNER's Nam Tae Hyun And Thunder Are Criticized For Their Acting

BY Adrienne Stanley | Jul 08, 2015 12:49 PM EDT

WINNER's Nam Tae Hyun and former MBLAQ member Thunder (Park Sang Hyun) are the latest targets of increased backlash against the lackluster acting idol performances. A writer for the Korean publication MBN critiqued their acting performance in a recent article titled Poisonous transformation? Nam Tae Hyun and Thunder, quit acting for a bit.

In the report, a pop culture writer for MBN praised ZE:A's Im Siwon, D.O. of EXO and BtoB's Yook Sungjae as stars whose strong on-screen performances defy the stereotypes surrounding acting idols. "These acclaimed performances leave a deep impression, breaking the stereotype of the idol," said the writer for MBN.

The article opened with the positive aspects of acting idols, before slamming Nam Tae Hyun and Thunder for their K-Drama performances. 

MBN examined the flat emotionality of Nam Tae Hyun during the premiere episode of the SBS weekend series, "Late Night Restaurant." "He has inaccurate [word] pronunciation, awkward facial expressions and awkward delivery of tears," said the writer for MBN.

The writer then turned towards Thunder, who stars in the MBC weekend drama, "Make a Woman Cry." He was criticized for lacking emotion and a stiff posture in the delivery of his role as Kang Hyun Seo. 

This report sparked numerous responses from netizens, many of whom supported the statements made by the writer. The response could be a reflection of the increased number of acting idols that have been cast to lead K-Dramas in 2015"Make a Woman Cry" stars veterans actors including Kim Jung Eun, who has appeared in numerous high-profile roles since appearing the 1995 film "My Old Sweetheart." "Late Night Restaurant" also features a veteran cast, including Kim Seung Woo. . When acting idols are placed on-screen with seasoned actors, there is often a stark contrast between the levels of talent. 

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About the writer: Adrienne Stanley is a contributing editor for KDramastars. She is also a contributing writer for KpopStarz, MTV Iggy, Viki and CJ Entertainment's KCON blog. Her passions include a love of K-pop and Asian drama. When she is not writing, she is hanging out on Twitter (@retrogirladdy).

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