Jung Woo-sung on Running Man
Actor Lee Jung-jae was mentioned during actor Jung Woo-sung’s appearance on Running Man episode 152 which aired on June 30, 2013. Everyone in the Korean entertainment industry knows that Lee Jung-jae has been Jung Woo-sung’s best friend since co-starring in the film City of the Rising Sun (1999). The film was about the friendship between an unsuccessful boxer and an unlucky swindler. The on-screen friendship became reality, and they became each other’s lifelong friend.
Jung Woo-sung was in the blue team with Yoo Jae-suk, Haha, Song Ji-hyo, and Kang Gary. On their way to the first game location, Haha asked Jung Woo-sung if he and Yoo Jae-suk were friends because both of them were friends with Lee Jung-jae. Jung Woo-sung and Yoo Jae-suk answered that it didn’t work that way because Jung Woo-sung was born in 1973 while Yoo Jae-suk was born in 1972, and it made Yoo Jae-suk the hyung/older brother. (*Note: the word ‘friend’ here means someone ‘born in the same year’.)
Because Yoo Jae-suk is older than Jung Woo-sung, them being friends would complicate things. Jung Woo-sung added that he didn’t think befriending a friend of a friend and mixing it up like that was a good idea. Yoo Jae-suk and Lee Jung-jae became friends because they were in the army together, which basically makes them brothers for life.
Song Ji-hyo then asked Jung Woo-sung if he and Lee Jung-jae still use honorifics towards each other. Jung Woo-sung replied yes and surprised the others because they have been friends for a long time. Yoo Jae-suk then asked why. Jung Woo-sung answered casually that speaking with honorifics is what they are comfortable with. He added that was how they show respect to each other as fellow actors.
Kang Gary said that it was cool and imitated them by immediately speaking with honorifics to Haha. Meanwhile, Yoo Jae-suk was still wondering why Jung Woo-sung and Lee Jung-jae preferred using honorifics. Jung Woo-sung then said that even though he and Lee Jung-jae were not really stiff about it, they did like to use honorifics. Yoo Jae-suk said that he didn’t know that they were speaking honorifics to each other.
Haha then said that Jung Woo-sung and Lee Jung-jae were like a happily married couple. Kang Gary added that with how they treated each other, they probably never fought. Jung Woo-sung agreed with Kang Gary and said that he and Lee Jung-jae never had a fight and said speaking with honorifics made them reconsidered their actions to one another, and they didn’t really do anything offensive to one another. That was the reason why they never fought.
What a unique friendship between Jung Woo-sung and Lee Jung-jae! What do you think about their friendship?