We’re not gonna lie, tvN’s “Goblin” (도깨비) aka “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God” is arguably one of the best dramas in 2016. From the cast to the plot, everything is perfect!
But did you know that Lee Dong Wook (이동욱) almost didn’t get to play the Grim Reaper? Apparently, while screenwriter Kim Eun Sook (김은숙) has been trying to cast Gong Yoo (공유), who plays Kim Shin aka the Goblin, in one of her dramas for 5 years, Lee Dong Wook had to fight hard for his role.
According to Naver via Soompi, Kim had initially rejected Lee because he didn’t fit the image of the Grim Reaper she had in mind. Though a representative from Lee’s label tried to convince her otherwise, Kim would not budge.
But Lee is not a person who gives up so easily. He successfully gotten the role after meeting the “Descendants of the Sun” writer in person. In order to perfect his role, Lee repeatedly analysed and studied the script and his character.
And truth be told, he did not disappoint.
“Goblin” follows Kim Shin aka Goblin (played by Gong Yoo), a former Goryeo general who is tired of his immortality. The only way to end his life is to find a “goblin bride”, thus bringing his search to Ji Euntak (played by Kim Go Eun) whom he falls passionately in love with.
The series is now available on iflix and new subbed episodes will be uploaded every Saturday and Sunday, less than 24-hours of each episode’s initial broadcast.