WE’RE happy for Rachelle Ann Go as she is sure to join the cast of “Miss Saigon” when it opens in Broadway. She’ll be reprising her role of the bar girl Gigi who sings “The Movie in My Mind”, after she also did Fantine in “Les Miserables” at London’s West End where sang “I Dreamed a Dream”.
Earlier, Rachelle Ann posted her photo with good friends Sarah Geronimo and Yeng Constantino and asked if their fans would want them to do a remake of “Do Re Mi” shown 20 years ago starring Regine Velasquez, Donna Cruz and Mikee Cojuangco. Sarah is said to be partial to the idea of doing a movie with them. But now that Rachelle Ann is going to Broadway to do “Miss Saigon” for about a year, then this film proposal will have to wait.
Honestly, though, we think they should just look for another project because “Do Re Mi” is identified strictly with Donna, Regine and Mikee, whose first two letters in their respective names stood for the film’s title. No one among Rachelle Ann, Sarah or Yeng have Do Re Mi in their names, so they better just scout around for a different project and do something na hindi nakatatak talaga sa mga pangalan ng unang gumawa nito. (Sa Ra Ye?--Ed.)
MAX CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS WITH PANCHO
MAX Collins’ character, Irene, now appears regularly in “Someone to Watch Over Me”. Irene is the first girlfriend of Tom Rodriguez as TJ in the story and now that Tom’s early onset Alzheimer’s disease is getting worse, it is Max that he remembers more than his wife, Lovi Poe as Joanna. Eventually, Lovi will make a sacrifice and agree to take Max back in the life of her husband who is slowly losing all his memories. So how is it working with Tom and Lovi?
“I really prepare well for my scenes with them, kasi pareho silang dalawa, nakapagaling na artista and they both inspire me to be a better actress,” says Max. “Tom’s role as someone who loses his memory at a very young age is so demanding kasi it requires physical, mental and emotional challenges for him. Napakahirap noon at nagugulat ako sa husay niya kapag kaeksena ko siya. Si Lovi naman, her acting style is very raw, natural, no artifices, so mararamdaman mo talaga. Kapag umiiyak siya sa eksena, ako mismo, naaawa sa kanya kaya naiiyak rin ako. Nadadala ako ng husay ng acting niya kaya dapat tapatan mo siya. Eventually, magkakasama kaming tatlo sa loob ng iisang bahay at matatanggap ni Lovi 'yun for the sake of her love for her husband. Nakakaawa talaga 'yung character niya.”
She has some love scenes with Tom. Did she ask the permission first of her boyfriend, Pancho Magno, before doing it? “Alam na niya even before we started taping na may love scenes ako with Tom. Wala kaming conflict diyan kasi pareho kaming artista and we understand it’s part of our job. Pero hindi na lang siya nanonood kapag may love scene ako.”
She says Pancho and her will be celebrating their fourth anniversary of being together on October 10. “So far, so good. Mabait si Pancho and I appreciate 'yung pagiging supportive niya sa career ko.”
This week, Tom gets disoriented once again and asks his driver to take her to the house of Max. He kisses her but he tells him to go away. At home, Tom calls Lovi using Max’ name, Irene. Max tells Tom that she is going back to America but he hugs her and she runs away. Lovi is fed up and rushes to Max’ home to confront her.
STARS DON'T ADHERE TO FILM TITLE
NEWBIE director Rommel Ricafort says his movie, “Higanti”, is not an indie but a mainstream film which has a big budget because their producers, Marita Teresa Cancio and Bimbo Papasin, made sure no stone is left unturned to make it a good movie. “Hindi talaga tinipid ang gastos dito and we’ve entered it in the coming Metro Manila Filmfest but, before that, we are having screenings next month in Hong Kong, Japan, Milan in Italy, Singapore and Dubai,” he says. “Okay lang naman sa Metro filmfest ipalabas muna sa abroad, huwag lang dito sa Pilipinas muna.”
Why is the title “Higanti”? “Jay Manalo here plays the role of a corrupt politician. Dating asawa niya si Assunta de Rossi pero hiniwalayan niya for Katrina Halili. Kinuha niya 'yung mga anak nila ni Assunta, si Meg Imperial at si Jon Lucas of Hashtags, at inilayo ang loob sa ina nila. Everyone will think the title refers to Assunta dahil gusto niyang maghiganti kay Jay, but it will be revealed later on na maraming iba pang taong gusto maghiganti kay Jay dahil sa corruption niya. Also in the cast is DJ Durano as Jay’s friend and lawyer, Alwyn Uytingco as Meg’s boyfriend, Kiko Matos as an NBI investigator, Daniel Pasia as a reporter na pinapatay ni Jay, Lui Manansala and Ruby Ruiz. Drama ito na marami ring action scenes.”
We ask lead stars Jay and Assunta if they believe in revenge? “No, I don’t,” says Jay. “Kasi wala namang kahihinatnan kung gaganti ka. 'Yung mga may atraso sa’kin, pinagpapasa-Diyos ko na lang lahat.”
“At saka it will only be a vicious cycle,” says Assunta. “Kung gaganti ka, gaganti rin sila uli, walang katapusan. Ako, I don’t believe you have to resort to violence or inflict pain. Sa dami ng mga taong gumawa sa’kin ng kasalanan, I’m still here. Para nga akong pushover, but I believe may karma 'yan at triple pa ang aabutin ng mga gumagawa ng masama. Mas okay pang mabuti na lang ang itanim mo kasi 'yung mga ginawaan mo ng kabutihan, sila pa ang gaganti para sa’yo. I learned that from my parents na sobrang mabait to a fault. Para sa kanila talaga, walang masamang tinapay.”