Nishikido Ryo, first lead role in a serial drama with the role of the father of 2 children "at such an age"
It's been revealed on the 21st that Nishikido Ryo of the popular groups Kanjani∞ (Eito) and NEWS will act his first lead role in a serial drama in "Inu wo kau to iu koto~ Sky to wagaya no 180 hi~" (every friday at 11:15pm on Terebi Asahi), a new drama starting in April. The main character, who lives with his 4-persons family near the Tokyo Sky Tree, leads a repressed life in his company, and at home, his conjugual relations start to fall apart. It's a family drama in which this low-class family will return to life thanks to "Sky Tree", a dog they will find. Nishikido, challenging his first father role, personally refered to his own father, saying with a deep emotion: "When he was the same age as I am now, 26, he had 3 children. At such an age".
The hero, who gave up on the dream of his student days to become a musican, is responsible of the human ressources of a middle-sized machines manufacturer, and spends all his days with the obligation to inform employees who are restructured. With pregnancy as a start, his wife started a family with him, and now being the mother of 2 children and supporting the family, she lives a life of incessant work in order to save the family finances. The setting in Tokyo's downtown is by no means a flashy one, but it depicts in a real way the situation of a family that reflects the modern times' living conditions.
Having researched on the topic, Nishikido Ryo enthusiastically performed a DV man in 2008 in the drama "Last Friends" (Fuji Terebi) while being active as a singer. Since, he added "Ryuusei no Kizuna" (2009, TBS) and "JOKER~Yurusareru Sousakan" (2010, Fuji) to his career. Nishikido, who displayed a brilliant activity as an actor in July with his first lead part in the movie "Chonmage Purin", finally had his first lead role in this serial drama. The role of the wife that supports Nishikido has been given to the actress Mizukawa Asami, who experienced co-starring with him in the past.
"The situation of Yuuji (the hero), filled with his children, is overlapping with my father's" sighs Nishikido. "Filming with animals and children is difficult, but it's completely fine! So far we co-starred time and time again, it was an advantage to have Mizukawa san with whom it's easy to talk, and on that set there was no particular uneasiness", he said with confidence.
The general producer of that drama is Uchiyama Satoko, who handled the "Koujounin" series, and the currently broadcasted "Kokuhatsu~Kokusenbengonin". Expecting a lot, she said "I thought that a big-bones father was living in the delicate-looking Nishikido san". Moreover, she reveals the aim of the project: "I wanted to tell the story of a small miracle (the dog) that is sent to a deficient family living downtown". For the "Friday night drama", a lot of the breakthrough creation works that are broadcasted have this frame, how will that drama - that can be called "super straight" - impress the viewers? It's a new challenge we want to pay attention to.