TV5 Actor Mark Neumann is the new Baker King!
The Happy Network’s newest Koreanovela adaptation – BAKER KING, features its ‘Kilig Prince’ Mark Neumann as the well-loved character of Takgu, an orphan who is destined to become the rightful heir to the throne of the biggest bread factory business in the land (South Korea, Manila, whatever).
During the grand press launch of Baker King held last night at the Wheatberry Cafe and Restaurant in Quezon City, Mark said that he is a big fan of the original TV series and can relate very well with the character of Takgu. While he does not really possess Takgu’s fierceness and often unnecessary roughness, he, however, find a spiritual bond with the character’s tenacity and goal-driven attitude.
Mark before entering showbiz in the Philippines have worked at a factory in England. And to this, he attributes, his likeness to the character of Takgu, a man born with having so little and have worked his way to achieving a role that he so rightfully deserved. Admittedly, Mark said that this is his biggest break ever and thanked TV5 for trusting him with the project.
He also assured director Mac Alejandre and the powerhouse cast of veterans that he will give his very best and hopes to live up to everyone’s expectation, most especially to the fans of the original series.
Veteran actress Boots Anson Roa (who will play the only Korean character in the local adaptation as the matriarch Lee Hye Yeong) said last night that Mark Neumann deserved to get the role of Takgu in the Baker King. She describe Mark as very dedicated to his craft – he remains to be very punctual and always present on the set. A very professional and very talented young man.
Aside from Boots Anson Roa, the powerhouse cast also includes Jackie Lou Blanco (Irene), Joonee Gamboa (Master Javier), Yul Servo (Henry) and Ian De Leon. Not present during the press launch were Raymond Bagatsing (President Johnny Lee), Diana Zubiri (Sonya) and Allan Paule.
The younger cast includes Shaira Mae (Sunshine), Inah Estrada (Eunice), Akihiro Blanco (Michael), Nicole Estrada and Malak So Shdifat.
Originally launched in 2010, Baker King (The King of Baking) became one of the biggest South Korean hit TV series in South East Asia that has also captured the hearts of Pinoy audiences when it aired on GMA in 2011!
According to Mark, the local adaptation will remain faithful to the original story but will of course have that Pinoy flavors – Pan De Sal, Pan De Coco, Kababayan and Monay.
Apparently, BAKER KING the TV series is a much bigger deal than we have imagined. Aside from being a big hit, many consider it as one of the best stories ever written for television. There were actually a lot of speculation as to what network would make a local adaptation of the series and who will play the character of Takgu. In the end it was TV5 who got the rights to the story and newcomer Mark Neumann who got the role.
“It is one of my favorite Korean series, when I first set foot on TV5, I said to myself that I will produce Baker King because it’s a fantastic series – it is a story about bread, life and dreams. We waited it out until the agreement with the other network expired and now we’re finally bringing it to you.” said Wilma Galvante, TV5 Entertainment Division Head.
BAKER KING will air Monday to Friday at 9:30am starting on May 18 at TV5!