Did you know that Christian Bables almost did not get the role of Barbs in the movie Die Beautiful?
This was revealed by producer Perci Intalan through an Instagram post wherein he recalled the audition of Christian in the past.
The aspiring actor wasn't initially considered as the best friend of Paolo Ballesteros in this Jun Lana film about transgenders.
However, Direk Jun eventually noticed Christian for being "so natural and instinctive." In Die Beautiful, Paolo and Christian play transgenders who actively join beau-cons (beauty pageants).
Here is Perci's complete post:
"Meet Christian Bables aka BARBS, ang trending na BFF ni Trisha sa #DIEBEAUTIFUL. People are saying he is the surprise discovery of the MMFF. This is how he came to be Barbs:
"We were looking for a best friend for Kiray in Regal Films' I LOVE YOU TO DEATH. Ruby Ruby recommended this guy who just finished a soap in ABS-CBN. He auditioned but we werent so convinced, so he left.
"But for some reason Direk Miko Livelo, Direk Manny Valera, Direk Jun Lana, Roselle Monteverde and I had a change of heart and we quickly called him back. Pasakay na siya ng taxi. Second time's a charm and he got the role.
"And when we saw the finished film, we were so impressed that Jun and I decided he should be cast in another film somehow.
"In DIE BEAUTIFUL, he was not supposed to be Barbs at first. But one thing led to another and we wound up without a definite Barbs until we were doing our line readings.
"That is when Direk Jun saw how good Christian was in the role. He was the perfect foil to Paolo Ballesteros because he was so natural and instinctive. He knew when to throw his lines and how to ride along with Paolo's ad lib. Even his body language complimented Paolo. You felt the friendship was real. And now, people see the magic onscreen and love him so much that he is even trending on Twitter.
"We are so happy for Christian. It has been quite a journey and he has worked so hard for this. This is his big break! Excited to see what the future holds for him!"
Paolo Ballesteros also commended Christian for his "award-deserving performance" as his BFF Barbs in this MMFF 2016 entry.
“Still overwhelmed with everything! Thank you to all those who watched. Literally crying hanggang ngayon from everyone's kind words! This is @christiaaan06 Christian Bables, my best friend Barbs, who will touch your hearts with his award-deserving performance, it's a merry Christmas indeed! Sa mga hindi pa nakakanood, please, please watch our film and experience direk @junrobleslana's masterpiece.”
For his part, Christian expressed his gratitude by regramming their photo and replying:
"Salamat ng madami Pao, blessed to be working and be friends with this very talented guy, best friend ko po, si TRISHA ECHAVARRIA!!! Ngayon alam ko na bakit daming blessings ng taong 'to.”