As the oldest member, and often portrayed as one who is left out by fans and guests likewise, Ji Suk-jin is apparently a very established entertainer, and his Running Man role is made just so that there’s a balance in the team. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Well, read on.
He wanted to get fitter but was discouraged by the producers
Since the inception of Running Man, the producers have chosen the hosts based on what they know of them and want them to exaggerate their traits on the show. Ji Suk-jin was one of the weakest in term of fitness then, and when he told his producers that he was going to exercise and keep fit after many episodes, his producers told him not to, because the team needs some weak characters for more laughter.
He has a business admin degree
Well, so what’s so fascinating? Because even if he hadn’t joined the entertainment industry, he would be a very rich man. Firstly, he traded stocks regularly pretty well and secondly…
He has his own business
While we’re not certain what business it is, it is known as “Club Impala”. When the business had its grand opening in 2012, Running Man cast sent bouquets to him, with Kim Jong Kook writing this on the card: “Hyung, I’ll visit soon to rip [the nametag] off your back.”
He was influenced by Yoo Jae-suk
Despite being older than Yoo Jae-suk by six years, he debuted one year later than Yoo Jae-suk. After that, they have become best friends since then: from 1992 all the way to now.
He’s the real “hyung” of the group
While he is portrayed as the weakest link in the group, in real life, he cares a lot for his “dongsaeng” (younger brothers) together with Yoo Jae-suk, since both are the most senior members. It is rumoured that he often bought food for them. How sweet when it’s off-screen, isn’t it? On-screen, everyone is mocking him!
He debuted as a singer
And it’s not the song “I Swear”, but “I Know”. But he gained more popularity as a host and comedian instead, breaking through with the highly popular reality show Star Golden Bell…
and he’s back as a singer
Well, sort of. In 2014 and 2015, he released two songs, both for the OST of a Korean drama. One of them has two versions: the Korea and Mandarin version. Maybe his “I Swear” in Running Man has made producers notice him again?
He has a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account
He’s damn popular with his rendition of 童话
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