By Kiko Escuadro
“Based on characterization siguro, and based on how they look, basta ngayon hindi pa namin ma i-reveal kung sino yung lover and sino yung husband, but they’re the working characters sa ngayon.” – from direk Maryo J.
During the story conference of Star Cinema’s upcoming movie The Unmarried Wife, to be helmed by Direk Maryo J. delos Reyes, two of the big names in todays young batch of leading men, Dingdong Dantes and Paulo Avelino were present to shed light on what the movie was all about. Although the lead female star, Angelica Panganiban was not present during the story con.
In this Glitter.Ph interview with the film director, the writer and the two leading men, all were happy to share their eagerness to do the project and hopefully the camera would start grinding soon.
Dingdong said, “After more than a couple of years nandito ako ulit for a project and I’m very excited dahil yung theme at yung kwento nito is really happening talaga sa lahat ng mga relationships around us. So very appropriate din na ma tackle siya ngayon.” Aside from the good story, Dingdong said that he really felt excited working with two of the most in demand actors of Kapamilya network, Angelica Panganiban and Paulo Avelino.
Since this will be a reunion project for Dingdong and Angelica, Their first movie together was One More (an entry during the MMFF 2012), Dingdong was asked what is he looking forward working again with Angelica. “Syempre alam natin kung gaano ka husay si Angelica and yung experience ko before working with her was fantastic and one of the most memorable project that I have done so I’m sure with this kind of material we make sure na maging exciting din Ito,” he replied.
Paulo, on the other hand, claimed that his last film with Star Cinema was Pagpag. “I played a ghost their and It was my first movie for Star Cinema as a contract artist and now I’m excited kasi this will be my first time working with kuya Dingdong for a full length film,” he said.
Since Angelica was not present, the writer of the film, Keiko Aquino was asked on how different is this film from other typical love affair films. “The title itself (The Unmarried Wife) I think is already unique, bakit wife and bakit unmarried, kasi the story of a wife torn between choices for two men, a husband and a lover. This is not a typical love triangle, who is the husband and who is the lover, at bakit unmarried wife? yun din yung isa pang tanong,” he answered.
Direk Maryo J was also enthusiastic with the project, especially that he will be working again with the three artists.
“I’m very excited working again with them,” he said. “I’ve worked with Angelica in A Love Story, si Dingdong sa aming mga telenovela, and si Paulo noong siya ay nagsisimula palang gumawa ng mga series, Ngayon mas established na sila and mas exciting din siguro. At the same time we’re tackling a very timely story, at dito sa kanila nakikita ko na pwede na ako mag approach on a different level na hindi na yung pang bagets kundi you talk to them na on a characterization on how I want the scene to be done. Hindi na yung discriptive hindi na ako kailangan umarte, sila na yung gusto ko makita on how to draw out from them.”
“Ang tingin ko sa pelikula ay parang isang dissected kind of a relationship ng matured people and looking at their innermost needs yung emotional needs kesa doon sa maingay na interaction,” he added. “These are matured young men who participate in a relationship that they themselves are afraid to go into and yet are adventurous enough to do it , yung parang ayaw at gusto na nilang pasukin.”
Meanwhile, the two leading men were asked who will be the bida and the kontrabida.
“Syempre hangga’t maari mas gusto natin yung malayo sa tunay na buhay,” replied the young father, Dingdong. “Kaya challenge para sa amin ni Paulo yun kasi kakabigay palang samin yung istorya so nasa proseso pa kami para buin kung ano ang ibinigay samin, so the journey begins kung sino man sa amin ni Paulo yun.”
Paulo, on the other hand said, “More than being a husband than a lover, I think what is more challenging ay ‘yung nakakuha yung the very modern take into like problems na nangyayari not just between mag boyfriend/girlfriend pa, and kahit sa mga mag asawa na, it’s how we should usually see and at the same time how couples trying to fix their problems. Yun yung makikita natin dito sa pelikula, basta it’s a very modern approach.” According to direkr Mario J, they will start to shoot early part of next month.