Filming for The Fiery Priest has been temporarily postponed because of an accident involving its lead actor Kim Nam-gil.
The actor has suffered from an injury while filming on March 2. It was reported that he had a rib fracture, and this was confirmed by his entertainment agency, C-JeS. According to a representative of the actor, “While filming an action scene for an upcoming episode, Mr. Kim Nam-gil had a fracture in his ribs. He is currently in the hospital. The filming for tomorrow has been canceled as well.”
“The production and medical staff are currently meeting about when Kim Nam-gil can return to filming. We are doing many tests and are waiting for the results of his CT scans this afternoon. We will make a final decision regarding his schedule after we assess his condition,” the representative continued.
Despite the recent announcement, however, it seemed that the series will air new episodes this coming Friday and Saturday as SBS did not issue a statement regarding changes in the drama’s broadcast schedule.
This is not the first time Kim Nam-gil suffered an injury while shooting a scene for The Fiery Priest. He previously injured his fingers and wrists, making this rib fracture his third and most serious injury. Kim Nam-gil is the lead actor in the series, taking on the titular role of the hot-tempered priest who teams up with a prosecutor (Lee Ha-nee) and a detective (Kim Sung-kyun) to solve a murder case.
Dubbed as an extreme investigative comedy, The Fiery Priest has been leading the ratings race—reaching an all-time high rating of 17.2% on March 1 and setting a benchmark for viewership of Friday-Saturday primetime dramas from free-to-air networks KBS2, MBC, and SBS.