I’m prepared to take up the challenge,” mentioned actress Bea Alonzo when requested for her response to the opportunity of doing a sequel to the romantic drama “Miss You Like Crazy” about 11 years after it was first launched by Star Cinema.
The restored model of the movie by Cathy Garcia-Molina—that additionally options John Lloyd Cruz as lead—has been streaming underneath the Sagip Pelikula Festival on KTX.ph since June 29.“I want to do it because after watching it again, Direk Cathy described me in that movie as ‘bubot pa,’” she advised Leo Katigbak, ABS-CBN Film Restoration and Archives group head, throughout an hourlong pre-stream interview.
Leo had requested if they might have an interest in doing a sequel to “Miss You Like Crazy,” similar to the opposite extremely profitable John Lloyd-Bea teamup, “One More Chance” (2007), which had its followup eight years later, titled “A Second Chance.”
“To be honest, I want to find out what happened to the love story of Mia and Alan because they only made very few choices in the film, mostly these involved fate and destiny. It would be interesting to check on how they are now,” defined Bea. “From the moment they chose to love each other, fate and destiny already became irrelevant. When they decided to be together, this meant they also had to make important decisions in order to stay together. That would be interesting to see today.”
In “Miss You Like Crazy,” Bea performs the downtrodden Mia, who can’t appear to discover a break as her household always falls right into a disaster. John Lloyd, in the meantime, performs Alan, whose life is close to good with a coming job promotion and a secure relationship. Their lives could also be on reverse paths however a serendipitous assembly on a ferry boat trip modified their journey endlessly.
‘The big question’
“I guess to be open to setting aside whatever wisdom and learnings we’ve acquired as persons [in the past 11 years] and relive these characters are what will make doing a sequel to this film more challenging,” defined John Lloyd.
“That’s actually difficult to do. The big question is, can we actually commit to being Alan and Mia again? Can we become blank canvasses once again and absorb whatever we need to absorb in order to recreate the magic we had while we were doing this? That also is quite challenging,” he identified.
And since he loves challenges, John Lloyd mentioned, he would need to change into Alan once more. “Come to think of it, Alan made all the right choices. He may have felt afraid and uncertain that’s why he stood Mia up, but he tried to make up for that mistake. I also want to know if he still lives in that old house by the river. I want to find out, too, if he has remained true to his values,” John Lloyd mentioned. “This is how we get into our characters. We treat them as real people—living and breathing ones. And it’s true that every so often, we’re curious and want to be them again.”
Cathy mentioned “Miss You Like Crazy” is a film that didn’t observe the same old Star Cinema mildew. “Since we did this after doing (the box-office hit film) ‘One More Chance,’ we wanted it to be very different. Sadly, the reaction of many audiences was the opposite. They didn’t like this because they were looking for something like ‘One More Chance.’ I was glad that Star Cinema agreed to my conditions—to have a film that’s very quiet and subdued—but I paid the price. This didn’t do as well as we expected,” she recalled.
“Honestly, we set Alan and Mia aside because of the stigma of that other John Lloyd-Bea film; but I personally like this more. When I watched the restored version, I said, ‘Yes, I would want to check up on them again.’ I loved John Lloyd’s performance here the most,” she declared.
Cathy defined their hardest challenge was for the viewers to not see Popoy (John Lloyd’s character in “One More Chance”) in Alan. “And it’s true; I only saw Alan! I also realized that John Lloyd is so handsome here. He looks good with eyeglasses,” mentioned Cathy.
Cathy mentioned that they’d needed Mia’s character to be “light and bubbly,” a precise reverse of Bea, “who is classy, and speaks slow and with finesse.” She defined: “Grabe ang effort namin dito in terms of characterization. We wanted Mia to have a funny side, to differentiate her from Bea who we’re so used to seeing in dramatic roles. Bea really had a hard time, especially at the start. She managed to pull through eventually.”
The movie’s head author, Vanessa Valdez admitted that this was not initially supposed for John Lloyd and Bea, and that their director wasn’t supposed to be Cathy, however (present managing director of ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc.) Olivia Lamasan. She added that the idea for “Miss You Like Crazy” was first shaped in 2004, however the analysis didn’t end till 2006. The movie was shot in 2009.
“Its major difference from the original concept was that the former was supposed to be shot entirely in Malaysia. But because we needed to work on this right away, we had to revise the script so we could shoot half of it in Manila and half in Kuala Lumpur,” mentioned Vanessa. “I didn’t know John Lloyd and Bea when we first started writing the script, but we agreed that whoever will play the couple here should already have a long history of working together. Luckily enough, when it was time to shoot the film, the two already had a long and deep cinematic and TV history.”
Vanessa cowrote the story with Tey Clamor, and Juan Miguel Sevilla. The movie additionally stars Maricar Reyes, Sylvia Sanchez, Jun Urbano, Ryan Eigenmann, Ina Feleo, Sid Lucero, Malou De Guzman, Ketchup Eusebio, Dianne Medina, Bembol Roco, Tirso Cruz III, Noel Trinidad, and Malaysian actor Hans Isaac.
ABS-CBN Film Restoration and its Sagip Pelikula undertaking proceed to treasure Philippine cinema classics by restoring and remastering movies from administrators and writers of be aware for right now’s viewers to respect. Aside from “Miss You Like Crazy,” additionally featured in the pageant are extra of John Lloyd’s movies, together with “One More Chance,” “In My Life,” “Dubai,” and “The Mistress.” Tickets at the moment are out there at http://bit.ly/MYLConKTX, priced at solely P150. INQ
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