Jung Chul Min recently sat down for an interview to share his thoughts on the show’s past and future.
SBS representative longevity entertainment program “running man” running for the ninth year since the first broadcast on July 11, 2010 with viewers. Even though I had a big and small crisis to discuss the dwelling, every time the ‘running man’ made a bold change and made the crisis a chance. And at the center of that leap was Jeong Cheol Min PD.
He started as an assistant director of ‘Running Man’ and directed as a sub director. As well as Yoo Jae-seok, ‘Running Man’ and Jeong PD, who has a long life, spent six years of his 10-year career with ‘Running Man’. Last year, I left ‘Running Man’ for a while and successfully returned to my ‘running man’ in May after successfully finishing a new entertainment program ‘Mulryeo 8-1000’ (hereinafter ‘Mulryul’). The big event planned by Jeong PD who came back was ‘Running Man’ 9th anniversary fan meeting. I met Chung PD who was in the preparations with the members before the coming August.
Q. I came back to ‘Running Man’ last May. I’m curious about the return.
A. I feel like I’m back home. When I left ‘Running Man’, I was still meeting with the members. I have seen the “youngest line” Lee Kwang-soo, Jeon Sang-min and Yang Se-chan more often. So it was not awkward. We joined together naturally, and from the first recording, everyone was good.
Q. The audience’s expectation for the season 3 of ‘Mi-Chul Ri’ is big, too, and I have returned to ‘Running Man’. Was it the company ‘s proposal, or was it your own will.
A. At the end of Season 2 of ‘Mi-Chul Ri’ I received a request to return to ‘Running Man’ through the general manager and decided to focus on ‘Running Man’ this year. I am not sure whether I will pass the ‘Running Man’ to my successor next year. Season 3 of ‘Misumori’ is also uncertain for now.
Q. Whenever there is an inflection point in ‘Running Man’, I joined like ‘Solver’. It was the same when I stepped out in April 2017.
A. There was an audience rating and there was an image called ‘Chiding Man’ and ‘Chief Man’. In order to escape the negative image, I took out the fictional element and pursued a more realistic feeling. I tried to make the situation where the members were real immersed. Q. At the time, Yang Chan-chan and Jang So-min were put in a “number of Gods”. A. I first said, ‘I want to add two more members.’ I think that chemistry between members is the most important, so I took that into consideration. Although I was not worried at the beginning, Yang Chan Chan and Bok So Min also showed boldness. I was convinced of a natural settlement. In the process, I especially appreciate this. I met a lot of my personal time so that the two could join in naturally. Q. What are the charms of Jeon Sang-min and Yang Se-chan?
A. Jang So-min was doing well every time he appeared as a guest in ‘Running Man’. I showed you the “big pussy” with admiration. Even if I had planned a program other than ‘Running Man’, it would have been with him. Yang Chan Chan has a good sense of urgency and deep consideration. When I was too motivated to put in the early stages of the project, I was able to harm the chemistry. Yang Chan-chan is a person who mixes well with any member. Compared to the conspicuous bosom mins, Yang Chan-chan may say that somebody is “faint”, but it is not good if everyone is in the bibimbap.
It should have a flavor to match. There are many thanks to Yang Chan Chan for the broadcast. Q. Are there any plans for new members now? A. I think that it is not right to solve with members. If I try my best in the current system and can not bring out the inspiration of viewers with any items, I will go first. We have to make a new wind with new crew. Q. Did you feel any pressure when you were in crisis? A. I do not know if I am familiar with the members and know the propensity. I can talk naturally when I want to make a change. There is always a burden. It is true that not only ‘Running Man’ but also ‘Misumi’ is a burden for all programs. But Yoo Jae-seok and his motto are ‘Do not betray your life to those who try hard.’
When I work hard, I get the middle. I want to leave a lot of special things with my brother, sister and sisters at a given time. I do not know how long I can share that time.