- Published on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 00:00
- Written by ETHEL RAMOS
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As of late, the 84-year-old has been juggling several TV and movie projects.
FOLLOWERS of veteran actor Eddie Garcia got alarmed after learning of the report that the reason he failed to attend the preview of his much-talked about Cinemalaya movie, “Bwakaw,” was because he had to be taken to the hospital.
The report that Pen Medina has replaced him as lead actor of the upcoming series, “Aso Ni San Roque,” on GMA 7, has added “fuel” to the speculation.
A source close to Eddie, though, clarified: “‘Di naman siya tuluyang mawawalan ng role sa series, iyon nga lang, baka ‘di na the original role na dapat kanyang gampanan ang mapapasakanya.
“Actually, Eddie has to slow down, considering nga naman his age (he is 84). But we all know that he has, of late, been working non-stop. While doing ‘Bwakaw,’ he was also taping for the horror-suspense series, ‘Third Eye,’ on TV5.”
Jun Lana, “Bwakaw” director, said the role of the old gay who lived by his lonesome with only his pet dog for his companion, would not have been as effective and as endearing if it were not Eddie who played it.
“Kung sabagay, I had him in mind when I conceptualized the movie, which is inspired by my mentor, Rene Villanueva’s life,” Direk Jun related.
“I it was an experience working with him. Eddie Garcia’s professionalism is simply amazing. I look forward to working with him again. Sana, soon.”
Rated “A” by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB), “Bwakaw” will be shown at the Toronto International Filmfest and the New York Film Festival.
In the last Cinemalaya filmfest, “Bwakaw” won for Eddie the best actor trophy. It also won the trophies in the same event for Audience Choice and the Netpac Awards as Director’s Showcase.
“Bwakaw” also stars Rez Cortez, Gardo Versoza, Bibeth Orteza, Soxy Topacio, Allan Paule, Joey Paras, Beverly Salviejo, Soliman Cruz and Luz Valdez. In a special role is Tita Midz (Armida Siquion-Reyna).
Star Cinema will release “Bwakaw” in theaters nationwide starting on September 5.
Funny, according to Angel Aquino, that until she did “Amorosa: The Revenge,” she did not know that Enrique Gil and Martin del Rosario are almost as old as her two daughters, Iana and Thea.
Enrique is 19; Martin, 17.
“I love working with them,” said Angel of the two young actors who played her sons. “Mababait, magagalang at mahuhusay silang umarte.
“Pare-pareho naming first time na gumanap sa isang horror-suspense movie.”
As Rosa, Angel was required to do emotional scenes, which she said were highly difficult that she almost wanted to back out.
“But, by then,” Angel explained. “more than halfway through na kami with the movie.
“Besides, sabi nga ni Direk Topel (Lee), ako din daw ang mawawalan kapag nagkataon. Baka daw sa huli, pagsisihan ko na ‘di ko nagawa ang movie na ito at ‘di na rin ako mabibigayan ng same role na ginagampanan ko dito.”
“Amorosa” also stars Empress and Ejay Falcon. It is currently playing.
If Bea Alonzo didn’t bother to inform boyfriend Zanjoe Marudo of her torrid kissing scenes – yes, scenes – with both john Lloyd Cruz and Ronaldo Valdez in the upcoming movie, “The Mistress,” it is because, according to her, she knows that Zanjoe will understand.
“Kapuwa kami artista, kaya alam naming part of the game ang maki-pag-kissing scene kami sa mga co-stars namin,” Bea said.
Will she allow Zanjoe to watch “The Mistress”?
“Ba’t naman hindi?” she replied. “Puwede ko pa nga siyang samahan.
“One thing about ‘The Mistress,’ I’m proud of this movie, First real adult movie namin ito ni John Lloyd.
“Kaya, ‘di kataka-takang adult ang approach naming sa pelikula. “Especially sa aming love scenes,” Bea added.
She and John Lloyd feel privileged as well that they got to work with award-winning veterans Hilda Koronel and Ronaldo Valdez in the Star Cinema project. Both of them are aware of the effort Star Cinema’s managing director Malou Santos exerted just to be able to convince Hilda to come home from her leisurely life in California.
For the first time as well, Bea and John Lloyd are directed in a movie by ace director Olive Lamasan.