On August 15th 2015, Kim Junsu gives his final performance as L in Seoul's theatrical staging of Death Note. To honour his role, Vogue shot a series of images based (rather loosely) around a theme of the habitually barefoot investigator.
The L Code dictating the shoot included lots of stark, urban backgrounds, with the actor all in white, staring broodily at the camera. No shoes, of course, but with the occasional addition of (fallen) angel wings.
Sounds a lot like Near or Rem to me!
The actor - who shot to fame as Junsu (aka Xiah) in KPop boy band JYJ - worried that Death Note fans would disdain him as L. "I knew it would be a lot of work." Junsu told the fashionable magazine. "There was a lot of pressure to meet expectations."
He estimated that at least half of the original Death Note fans in the audience disliked how he subtly changed L's clothing and overall look. Meanwhile his attempt to capture L's iconic canon posture took all his thigh muscle strength to pull off. It certainly wasn't comfortable to hold the position for 40 minutes every night on stage.
Junsu found L's quirky nomming of all things sweet to be a bit of a bind too. "L is a bit difficult because I'm always biting into candy. Each time, I'm eating at least two pieces per scene. Afterwards, I discard them immediately."
This apparently passed muster, as the interviewer didn't ask why. Teeth? Figure? Diabetes? Perhaps there's an implicit understanding that it's ok to waste food, as long as its candy, for reasons that only KPopstars and the Vogue readership could know.
As for me, I'm with L. My currently half-licked lollipop is convivially boosting my mental capacity to write this blog.
You may find the full article (entitled 'Xia in the Game') and Death Note L photo shoot in the August 2015 edition of Vogue Korea. Or read their on-line version.