Bangs Garcia will have her first leading role in a movie via the sexy drama Lauriana.
This film is the entry of Mel Chionglo for the Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival All Masters Edition organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). The said film fest is scheduled to take place from September 7-16, 2013.
Despite nursing a cough, Bangs Garcia gamely and enthusiastically answered questions fielded to her by reporters during the press conference of Lauriana, which is written by award-winning screenwriter Ricky Lee.
Lauriana is a period film set during the 1950s and 1970s that will present themes that are relevant, controversial and even considered taboo today: dark obsessive love, sex, jealousy, as well as violence against women and children.
Playing the title role, Bangs Garcia describes her character Lauriana as “isang ballerina na mataas mangarap, na nagmahal ng sobra-sobra, nabigo pero lumaban hanggang sa kahuli-hulihan.”
The movie is based on a true story that happened to a woman living in the town of Padre Burgos, Lucena City, Quezon province. She was abused by her husband during the 1950s. The film explores issues such as marital rape and physical violence. It also features a husband putting a chastity belt on his wife.
This project marks the first time Bangs Garcia will be doing sex scenes. Is she ready to shoot intimate scenes for the camera?
“Yes, first time [ko to shoot] sex scenes. I’ve done sexy roles on TV. May limitation ako.”
What are her limitations?
“Hindi ako magkakaron ng breast exposure…[baka this] time baka sumilip, I don’t know. But we were talking about it last time, we’re going to do it in a very artistic way.”
She boldly stated: “Let’s just put it this way: I’m willing to go as far as I can.”
Bangs is hoping her leading man, Allen Dizon, will help her when shooting challenging moments in the film. He will play the role of her husband Samuel, an officer of the Philippine Constabulary.
“Umaaasa ako kay Allen na susuportahan niya ko, takpan n’ya ko… Ayoko talaga ng frontal.”
One of the most difficult scenes she will have to shoot involves prosthetics that she needs to wear under her clothes, similar to a chastity belt.
“Literal na padlock…Sa prosthetics na yun. Na-cha-challenge ako kung paano gagawing totoo – we don’t know yet.”
When asked if she is willing to do a pumping scene, Bangs answered: “I think willing po ako kasi kailangan ipakita kung gaano kami ka obsessed sa isa’t-isa.. basta di bastusin...para mas maging makatotohanan iyong dating.”
Bangs adds: “May tiwala ako sa director ko that he’ll execute it in a classy way.”
SIMILARITIES WITH LAURIANA. Even though her character lived during the 1950s, Bangs says that she has some things in common with Lauriana.
How is she preparing for her role?
“Pinag-araalan ko na mabuti. Ini-internalize ko mabuti yung character ko as Lauriana. Meron kaming similarities, kasi breadwinner ako ng family. Breadwinner din siya so medyo hindi ganun ako kalayo. Palaban ako, palaban din siya. Ako ang tipong babae na di ako nagpapa-under sa lalaki. Pro-woman power ako. Ang difference lang, mas walang kakayanan si Lauriana sa buhay. Ako kahit pa paano, may trabaho ako.
“Itong si Lauriana dumepende lang kay Samuel, feeling niya lucky siya, eto stepping stone niya para makapunta sa Maynila. Doon pa lang sa mga parts na yun madali na mag-internalize. Doon pa lang madali na mapaghugutan.”
Why did Bangs accept this daring role?
“Lahat naman ng artista namimili…ma-prinsipyong tao po kasi ako…di po ako basta-basta nag-aacept ng kung ano-anong sexy. Kailangan may lalim yung story.
“Di lang siya basta indie, kasama siya sa [1st Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival All Masters Edition] kaya tinanggap ko talaga ito.”
Direk Mel Chionglo is one of the veteran directors given a production grant by the Film Development Council of the Philippines to come up with projects that are intended to “improve the quality of filmmaking” in the country.
(Read: Veteran filmmakers chosen to take part in the 1st Sineng Pambansa All-Masters Edition)
Bangs admitted that she had second thoughts about playing an abused woman, which is why she initially consulted with her parents and her trusted friends.
“Honestly…nagkaroon ako ng second thoughts kaya pinag-isipan ko po mabuti...Maganda yung story. Hindi siya ordinary na kwento at true story pa. This will serve as a lesson to be learned lalo na sa mga kababaihan, lalo na sa mga biktima ng abuse.”
What are her expectations for this movie?
“For some reason ang instinct ko, this is going to be a big hit. Iyon ang kutob ko. Sana tama ako pero naniniwala ako sa director natin, sa writer [Ricky Lee] saka sa leading man ko.
“Nakatrabaho ko na si Allen sa ibang pelikula. I’m very comfortable with him already. Eto iyong kauna-unahan kong title role sa movie so parang re-launching ito for me. Marami akong frst dito so abangan ng tao iyon.
“I decided to step up sa level ng acting ko. It’s very different for me. Let’s be honest, I’m getting old already so I’m ready for this kind of role. Mas may tiwala na ako sa sarili ko sa ganitong may lalim na acting. Matagal ko hinihintay na magkaroon ng title role so sana manalo ako ng award after this.”
Isn’t she afraid to be typecast as a sexy star after this movie?
“I don’t want to be called a sexy star. I’d rather be called a sexy actress. I’ve done a lot of sexy roles before, I believe na-maintain ko naman pagiging classy sexy ko as an actress…Di lang naman puro sexy tinatanggap ko.
“Sa [pelikulang] Segunda Mano kung saan ako nanalo ng best supporting actress [for the 2012 Gawad Pasado Awards], wala akong pinakitang kahit anong sexy. Ni kissing scene wala doon..so napatunayan ko sa sarili ko bilang artista na kahit wala akong kissing scene and intimate scenes, kaya ko…
“My first lead role [was via the teleserye] Magkano ang Iyong Dangal, directed by Chito Roño.”
When asked if there is an actress whom she would want to pattern her career after, Bangs Garcia says Claudine Barretto is her peg.
“Sabihin natin parang Claudine Barretto. Si Claudine madami na siyang nagawang sexy roles but she managed to be a very respectable actress.”