THE “P” TALKS!
BY: Pilar Mateo
HER first. The one and the only. Horror movie!
“It’s a dream come true for me. I am so touched that Direk Erik (Matti) and Kuya Dondon (Monteverde) made habol talaga sa akin. I was in my Selecta pictorial. But the talk was only 15 minutes. All in na ako. When they told me what “Kuwaresma” was all about,” the ecstatic Megastar Sharon Cuneta told reporters and bloggers on the movie’s mediacon at Valencia Events Place of Mother Lily (Monteverde).
It’s the Mega’s 41st year in the business. But so far, it’s only direk Chito Roño who has a standing offer for her to do one.
As Direk Erik said, “Nagpaalam kami kay Direk Chito na gagawin muna namin ito. Only a few kasi know na fan ng horror si Shawie. And one thing she considers in accepting a project eh, ‘yung hindi niya mare-recognize na parang naging eksena na ‘yun sa napanood niya. She can quote the lines, she knows the titles of the movies. Ipa-gawa mo sa kanya ang eksena ni Linda Blair sa “The Exorcist“. Kaya’ng-kaya niya. Si Direk Chito wala pa ‘yung script.”
Admittedly as someone who has mastered the art of showing a happy facade when something’s brewing inside her, Shawie says only those who truly know her would really know what she’s feeling.
Since it’s a horror movie they did, were there instances they experienced scary moments?
“Wala. Masaya ang set namin. And Direk Erik is my happy pill. With John Arcilla in the movie, marami akong natutunan sa kanila ni Direk. And I am very proud with the new actors who portrayed the roles of our children here. Magkapatid sila. But in the movie, they portray the twins-Luis and Manuela. They surprised us kasi wala pa naman silang experience in acting sina Pam and Kent Gonzales.
“I gave my all in this. All my elements were used. Kaya ‘yung hugot ko as Nanay sa kanila, nailabas ko. I was missing my kids. And sila naman, the parents are working abroad.
“Being a Christian, I requested lang from Direk na at the end of the movie, si Lord ang panalo. I am very satisfied with his Reality Entertainment staff. I gave everyone ‘yung St. Benedict and St. Michael na mga crosses. Kaya, walang untoward incident sa set. Wala kaming naging problema.Except that one time na hindi ko masabi ang lines ko. Ayaw ng demonyo na pinaguusapan siya.”
Shawie was made to deliver lines we never imagined she could say.
In one scene, while in bed she whispered on John’s ears, “Mamatay ka na sana!”
And who was in her mind when she was doing that scene?
“Secret! No comment!” she laughingly said.
“This is a movie with a heart. Like what John said, hindi lang manakot ang intensyon ng movie. Story of a family. Our Mothers’ Day treat din to all the mothers, the kids everyone in the family. Nangyari lang sa season of Lent.”
What about the much-awaited movie with Gabby C.?
“Ask the producers!” She laughed again.
Time for selfie. And she thought she saw orbs on my phone.
“That must be Mom!”
May 15, 2019 is the playdate with a grand premiere on May 13, 2019 in SM Megamall!
A Mothers’ Day presentation!