ANNE Curtis had a big hit a couple of months ago in “Sid and Aya” and, from the looks of it, her follow up movie, “Buy Bust”, will be another blockbuster. Anne is impressive in an action role as a hard- hitting dedicated cop who’s up against drug traffickers. And then, after this, she has a third movie for this year, the horror flick “Aurora”, which has been officially accepted as an entry in the coming December Metro Manila Filmfest.
“Yes, two years akong walang movie kasi hindi ko gusto 'yung projects being offered to me,” she says. “Tapos ngayon, nagkasunud-sunod naman ang movies na ginawa ko.”
She’s really so visible and so busy these days as she is also scheduled to have another solo concert at the Big Dome on August 18 to mark her 21st anniversary in showbiz. Anne is also leaving soon as she will be attending the screening of “Buy Bust” at the New York Asian Film Festival on July 15 with co-star Brandon Vera and director Erik Matti. After that, she will be attending another screening in South Korea, then the film opens in local theaters nationwide on August 1.
She figures in a lot of bloody fight scenes in “Buy Bust”. Didn’t she have any second thoughts accepting the project knowing how hard some scenes will be? “No, I know naman it will be physically demanding but the moment the project was pitched to me by Direk Erik Matti on the phone, tinanggap ko agad. I know it will be the most challenging assignment in my career but I’m so inspired to do a film like this. Lahat ng scenes ko rito, buwis-buhay.”
She plays the role of a drug enforcement agent who just joined the team headed by Victor Neri. In her last team, she’s the only survivor as all the other members died in a massacre, so she’s now very apprehensive when her new team gets an assignment to go into a notorious barangay and arrest a drug dealer.
Direk Erik Matti says the story of “Buy Bust” is very simple compared to the complex plots of his acclaimed works, “On the Job” and “Honor Thy Father”. “Ito, tungkol lang sa Philippine Drug Enforcement agents who go to a barangay to arrest a drug dealer tapos hindi na sila makalabas kasi everyone is protecting the bad guy. Lahat, kalaban nila. If I didn’t get someone like Anne na physically fit for the lead role, hindi matatapos ang movie na ito. O maaaring kumuha ako ng iba, pero dadayain namin ang shots. Si Anne, she gave her all in her role, lalo roon sa sequence na one long shot taking about three minutes, nagsimula sa ibaba, sinundan siya ng kamera na umakyat siya sa bubong habang may hinahabol na inabot siya ng suntok, sipa, hanggang malaglag siya. It took us 3 days and a total of 57 takes to complete it.”
“Sobrang hirap kasi supposed to be, umuulan pa and we're on a rooftop,” adds one. “At one point, nasuntok ako sa mukha ng stuntman. Di naman sinasadya, nagkamali lang siya ng tantiya, but akala ko nabali ang ngipin ko. Gusto kong umiyak, pero puro lalaki ang kasama ko, so pinigilan ko na lang. Nakakahiya. They’re asking me kung okay ako and I said yes kahit nasaktan ako.”
How did her husband Erwan Heussaff feel about it? “Naawa siya sa akin and he babied me. But I’m really so proud of this movie. It took us two years to complete this. 'Yung first six months was devoted sa training ko lang in doing stunts, action scenes, in shooting. I trained with actual PDEA agents and I interviewed them para I’ll know how they move, talk, when they’re conducting actual buy bust operations. Talagang I trained hard kaya when we started actual shooting na, reading-ready na ako.”
Was there a point that she was so tired she wanted to give up? “No. I’m very competitive, so I never thought of giving up. Ilang beses akong nasugatan dito. Puro pasa ang arms ko, ang legs ko. But I wanted to prove na kung ano ang kayang gawin ng male leads in hard action films, kaya ring gawin ng isang babaeng tulad ko.”
AI AI INTRODUCES MOOI G
AS if she doesn’t already have her hands full managing the Ex Battalion, Ai Ai de las Alas is now launching an all female singing group called Mooi G. She says Mooi is a Dutch word which means pretty or beautiful, and it’s pronounced as Moowi. G stands for girl, so Mooi G means pretty or beautiful girls. Mooi G has five members to be called according to color, so they're named Red M, Peach B, Black G, Violet K and Pink J.
“We chose colors to be their names not just to protect their private lives but also, para madaling tandaan ng publiko kung paano sila tatawagin,” explains Ai Ai. “We will formally introduce them bilang front act sa first anniversary concert ng Ex Battalion sa Ynares Sports Center in Pasig on July 14, ang ‘Kami ang Ex B’. Doon nyo makikita kung gaano sila ka-sexy at kung gaano sila kahusay mag-perform so manood kayo this coming Saturday, 8 p.m.”
Their first single is a song titled “Yass Call Me”, composed by award-winning songwriter Jungee Marcelo. The music video was made by Ai Ai herself and it will have an official launch on YouTube on July 11, 3 p.m.
The members of Mooi G were recruited after a series of rigid auditions and they’re all thanking their Mama Ai for helping launch their showbiz career. "We promise to also do our best para hindi kami mapahiya sa tiwalang ibinigay ni Mama Ai sa amin," they all declare with confidence.
“They’re all very talented,” adds Ai Ai. “Masarap silang tulungan kasi malaki ang promise nila at may dedication sila. Kaya naman marami akong plano para sa kanila. So ngayon, sa mga gigs, hindi lang ang Ex Battalion ang puwedeng mag-perform kundi in tandem na sila ng Mooi G. They’re all ready to rock showbiz at pasabog talaga lagi ang performances nila kaya abangan n'yo.”