Lee Dong Wook bribed Goblin writer to grab the Grim Reaper's role

Lee was so determined in grabbing the role that he even bribed the writer with a flight ticket.

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Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook
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Looks like K-drama fans are yet to overcome the "Goblin" effect. Every day, some interesting details the show and its actors are making way into the digital world. We already know that Lee Dong Wook, who played the role of the grim reaper to perfection, was actually not the initial choice for the role. Goblin's writer Kim Eun Sook felt that Lee wouldn't fit the bit. But after reading the script, Lee was so determined in grabbing the role that he even bribed the writer with a flight ticket.

"Lee Dong Wook admitted that he even bought a plane ticket in order to persuade writer Kim Eun Sook to consider him for the role," Soompi reported. Lee, who usually play the lead role, was even happy to play the secondary man in the drama.

The romantic comedy officially ended its 16-episode run on Jan. 21. "According to Nielsen Korea, the "Goblin" finale recorded a viewership rating of 20.5 percent, setting a new record and earning the number one spot as the most watched cable television drama, a title previously held by "Reply 1988" with 18.8 percent," Soompi reported. A special episode featuring bloopers, interviews and more with the cast members was aired on Friday and Saturday.

Also known as Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, the series narrated the story of a Joseon warrior Kim Shin and his curse for an eternal life. To break the 900-year old quest, he needs the help of a human bride Ji Eun Tak. The supernatural bromance, perfectly timed romance and the mysterious past definitely made the fans go frenzy. Its final episode recorded an epic nationwide audience share making it the highest rated drama in Korean cable television history, beating Reply 1988.

On the other hand, Lee is all set to kickstart his Asia fan meeting tour in Seoul on March 12. The meet-and-greet event in Seoul will take place at the Blue Square Samsung Card Hall.

This article was first published on February 8, 2017