“Nakakakilig.” This is how Ramon Bautista felt when people from Star Cinema approached him and asked permission to adapt his "self-help" book, Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo, for their next movie offering.
“Nakakakilig kasi ‘yong librong ‘yon hindi ko nga akalain na mapa-publish, e,” the bestselling author told PEP.ph in an interview during the Axe Apollo event at Aracama Restaurant in The Fort, Taguig City.
He narrated, “‘Tapos hindi ko rin akalain na magiging bestseller.
“Hindi ko rin akalain na kukunin ng Star Cinema para gawing pelikula so, kinikilig talaga ako.
“Hindi ko alam kung parang nagiging mayabang na ako na, ‘O kinuha.’
“Pero iba talaga ‘yong pakiramdam.”
Ramon said he did not have any participation in adapting the movie. But he added: “Nilagay nila ako sa cast.”
He then joked, “Sobrang bida ko nga roon. Si Kim Chiu at saka si Xian Lim parang supporting na lang sa akin, e.”
When PEP.ph asked what his role would be in the movie, “Basta panoorin n’yo na lang.
“Surprise ang role ko, isang challenging role at nag-workshop ako at saka dinamdam ko talaga ‘yong role.
“Salamat sa tulong ni Bb. Joyce Bernal.”
The movie with the same title is actually the first film featuring the love team of Kim Chiu and Xian Lim.
ON KIMXI LOVETEAM. As their co-actor, Ramon observed that the two young actors are also “nakakakilig.”
“Kapag tiningnan mo sila, kikiligin ka sa kanila,” he reiterated.
“Talagang masasabi mong, na kaya ang dami nilang fans at saka ‘yong fans nila solid na solid kasi nakakatuwa talaga sila, makaka-identify sila.
“Si Kim Chiu, very down-to-earth.
“Si Xian Lim sobrang pogi, ayaw ko na ngang tabihan masyado.”
Recalling the sweet moments of the two stars, Ramon even told PEP, “Naiinggit nga ako sa kanila.”
MOVIE PLOT. Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo is a love story about "the ugly duckling in all of us and how we turn into someone worth loving."
In this movie, Kim Chiu has thick curly hair and thick eyebrows as she brings life to a brainy "ugly duckling" employee named Sandy Veloso. She is still reeling from the pain of being dumped by her ex-boyfriend Gardo (Kean Cipriano).
She breaks down when the new head of their company, Alex Prieto (Xian Lim), fires her from work. However, the boss realizes how much he needs Sandy when the other employees reveal her crucial role in the company.
After an interesting encounter, the rich and dashing CEO and the fashion-challenged assistant will find themselves sealing a deal—Sandy will help Alex learn the ropes for him to effectively run their company, while Alex helps Sandy learn to play the practical game of dating and relationships for her to get back with her ex-boyfriend Gardo (Kean) and not get her heart broken ever again.
Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo is the third movie offering of Star Cinema for its 20th anniversary. It will be shown in cinemas nationwide starting July 31, 2013.