SMAP leader Masahiro Nakai will be coming back with more ATARU for a special drama during New Year’s next year, it was announced on October 25, reports Mantan Web.
SMAP leader Masahiro Nakai is known to be the busiest of the group, but his new shows may have boosted his salary to almost 700 million yen (about US$9 million), reports Tokyo Sports and Johnny’s Watcher.
It had been estimated Nakai had earned 500 million yen in 2009, but this year the Johnny’s talent has worked on drama series ATARU and been the main reporter for the London Olympics. On top of this, he has been given two new regular shows this year, プラチナイト (Platinight), which started in April, and ナカイの窓 (Nakai no Mado), which starts in October.
“That means Nakai now has nine regular shows, and if you include TV specials then it goes into double figures. That’s why they’re saying he’ll make 700 million yen this year with all his TV shows and commercials,” one source said.
To make a rough calculation of how much work that is, from March to August this year Nakai has been in:
- 52 shows for TBS, totaling about 99 hours
- 74 shows for Fuji TV, totaling about 78 hours
- 51 shows for Nihon TV, totaling about 44 hours
- 28 shows for TV Asahi, totaling about 29 hours
- 1 show for NHK, totaling 2 hours
It has been reported most of Nakai’s shows are variety shows, and there is a reason why the SMAP leader is such a popular pick.
“Of course Nakai is a talented host, but what many people don’t know is that he takes part in meetings where shows are being planned out. He has a good eye for telling what ideas would be good, and which ones should be thrown out. Variety shows don’t get high ratings just because Nakai is in it, it’s because he only chooses shows which are likely to get high ratings. As a result he’s become a popular figure in variety shows, he constantly gets more offers, and his pockets get filled with more gold. You’ve got to admit it, he’s got talent,” one TV writer said.
“ATARU” is TV company TBS’ new kind of mystery drama, which will begin in Japan this April. Nakai will play lead character Ataru, a savant with a mysterious past, whose unique abilities allow him to solve seemingly impossible cases. Savant syndrome is a rare condition in people with disorders such as autism who also show incredible talent something else. Hollywood actor Dustin Hoffman made savant syndrome famous in the 1988 film “Rain Man” when he played an autistic savant with exceptional skills in memory and mathematics.
It has been reported Nakai admitted it would not be easy playing his character, but he had already started preparing and is now looking through real-life accounts of savants.
“[The script] looks really good. It’s like a documentary drama. I hope I can show a new side of Masahiro Nakai. I watched Rain Man when it came out, but I want to watch it again to study Dustin Hoffman’s acting.”
Nakai’s last drama was 2009’s “婚カツ！（Kon-katsu!）”, but that was with TV company Fuji TV. In fact, Nakai’s last drama with TBS was in 2004, when he starred in”砂の器 (Suna no Utsuwa)”.
“I’d always wondered what TBS had been doing these last 8 years,” he said.
Filming for “ATARU” starts in March.
The magazine went on sale on January 17, and reports Nakai has been seen several times with a woman in her late 20s who looks like actress Ryoko Kuninaka.
The two had apparently gone on holiday in Australia earlier this month between January 4 and 9. It has been reported travelers on the same flight had said the woman looked nice, and had a calm manner about her. When Nakai had touched back down in Narita Airport, reporters had asked him about the woman, but the SMAP star stayed quiet.
Previously, Nakai had been dating singer Kumi Koda before the two broke it off in February last year. Sankei Sports newspaper has reported Nakai had met the woman (labeled “A-san”) through a mutual friend.
Since the March 11 disaster, Nakai has been spotted visiting the disaster site several times to help victims. It has been reported A-san had been seen accompanying Nakai during his visits to Fukushima in June and October.
Nakai’s agency, Johnny’s & Associates, has not released any statement.
Nakai will join Tsuyoshi Kusanagi in promoting men’s hair care products スカルプD (ScalpD) in an upcoming TV commercial.
“When I heard about this offer, I thought they were joking. When I told my dad, he said, ‘will it bring back my hair? Let me have some ScalpD’. But my dad’s completely bald so I don’t think the shampoo will get bubbly. I wonder if I can beat my dad’s genes…no, I will beat those genes,” Nakai said.
It has been reported the commercial features the two dressed in a mixture of bathrobes and suits. Although it might sound stylish, their facial expressions bring a more comical quality to the ad.
“The commercial stars both of us, but without the other three SMAP guys…,” Nakai said.
“I know, right…neither of us have that ‘it’ factor (laughs). But I’ve always thought Nakai-san is the best celebrity on camera and that’s why I got him involved with this,” Kusanagi said.
Lastly, Kusanagi and Nakai did not forget to promote their product.
“Like women take care of their skin, I hope men can take care of their hair. We want to make sure we look our best for our fans as long as possible,” Kusanagi said.
“I hope I can use this for as long as I can,” Nakai said.
The new ScalpD commercials with both SMAP members goes on air in Japan from May 25.
SMAP leader Masahiro Nakai visited an evacuation centre in Fukushima on April 7, it was revealed on April 8, reports Sankei Sports.
It has been reported that according to Fuji TV’s FNN Super News, Nakai had arrived at the evacuation centre wearing sunglasses and a mask.
He had donated a number of things, including a massage chair, and talked to survivors.
“Let’s all overcome this with a lot of energy,” he said.
- KAT-TUN’s Kazuya Kamenashi (24) was re-united with his Gokusen drama co-star Yukie Nakama (31) at a promotional event for Panasonic’s electronic beauty products, titled “キレイを贈るクリスマス (Kirei wo Okuru Christmas, Giving a Beautiful Christmas)”.
Quotes: “Kamenashi-kun acted like a newcomer years ago, but he had his own opinions, which I thought made him a responsible kid. Now he’s growing into an adult man. I’m so happy.” (Nakama talking about Kamenashi five years ago when they had worked together in Gokusen)
“In one way, I get the message that she’s put a lot of thought into it. I think it’s a present that shows how much she loves you.” (Kamenashi on what he thinks about couples exchanging electronic beauty products for Christmas)
“I’d like to spend the day with someone I care about. Having fun together or just chilling out, I want to be able to relax somewhere where we can enjoy each other’s company. It’d make me happy if it snowed too.” (Kamenashi on what his ideal Christmas date would be if he had the day off)
- Arashi become the first group (i.e. not an individual) to host NHK’s 61st New Year’s Eve music special 紅白歌合戦 (Kohaku Uta Gassen), and will support the white men’s team. The red women’s team host has been announced as actress Nao Matsushita (25). http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/confidence/81719/
- SMAP’s Masahiro Nakai (38) will reprise a role he played 15 years ago in 1995 drama “味いちもんめ (Aji Ichimonme)” in it’s special to be aired on TV next spring. http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/confidence/81743
- Hiroshi Nagano (V6) has begun his latest play “Ringo” in Tokyo and has been reported to have said he is very interested in food, but not in marriage at the moment. http://www.sanspo.com/geino/news/101106/gng1011060501000-n1.htm
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- Tackey & Tsubasa had held their tour’s final concert in Yokohama. Tsubasa revealed that Tackey had rented out Tokyo Dome for six hours for his 29th birthday, giving him a surprise baseball match on October 19, complete with a half-time show. This tour had gone to three venues where the duo had performed a total of nine concerts. On this day, 50 lucky fans got the chance to go backstage, experience the stage lifts, and take a group photo with the guys. The fans had the winning numbers in a special raffle taken part by those who had pre-ordered a copy of the duo’s upcoming single.
Quotes: “We’ll hold another event or concert next March, and then after that we’ll start another tour.” (Tackey)
“I got goosebumps when I saw how happy our fans were.” (Tackey talking about performing in front of the day’s 15,000 fans)
“This has become an unforgettable tour, you fans lead us to this stage.” (Tsubasa)
- Drama “99年の愛 (99nen no Ai)〜JAPANESE AMERICANS〜”, starring SMAP’s Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, gets 19.1% TV ratings on it’s final night in Japan’s Kanto region, show figures from Video Research. It’s highest rating moment peaked at 23.8% during episode five. http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/confidence/81838/
- Kanjani8’s Yu Yokoyama (29) will play a shy police investigator in his upcoming crime drama, which will start in January 2011. The drama’s title is yet to be announced, but the lead role will be played by actress Nao Matsushita (25), who will play an outspoken police investigator. It has been reported that Yokoyama’s character is an old friend of Matsushita’s, and has had a crush on Matsushita’s character since their days at the police academy. http://www.zakzak.co.jp/entertainment/ent-news/news/20101108/enn1011081602009-n1.htm