Anne Curtis and Marco Gumabao’s sexy romance drama Just A Stranger has grossed P70 million as of August 27, 2019.
According to the film's producer, Viva Films, the movie achieved this feat after screening for seven days in the Philippine box-office.
Marco Gumabao plays Jericho, the love interest of Mae (Anne Curtis), a married woman.
In the film, he and Mae had a steamy secret affair.
Shot in scenic Lisbon, Portugal, this movie is written and directed by Jason Paul Laxamana.
Among the four love scenes that they did in the movie, which was the most difficult one to shoot?
The 25-year-old actor answered, “Among the love scenes? Siguro yung first, yung sa Portugal. Yan yung first love scene of the movie...kailangan yung pinaka-hot, pinaka-steamy...lahat naman mahirap.
"Andun pa rin yung hiya pero with the help of Anne and Direk [Jason Paul], naging madali naman.”
How did they overcome the awkwardness of shooting their love scenes?
“Well, naandun yung awkwardness lalo na for my part...we did the scenes properly and kusang nawala,” he recalled.
Did Marco and Anne talk beforehand regarding the moves that they would do for their sex scenes? "Actually, hindi. More spontaneous kami."
How did Anne help Marco when he shot his first love scene for a movie?
“She was a big help for me especially in terms of camera blocking...pagdating sa mga love scenes, kasi minsan di mo naiisip. Nandun lang siya to guide me kung anung magandang gawin for this scene or anong hindi dapat gawin.”
Marco described his overall experience working with Anne by saying, “Napakasaya. It’s been a blast. Sobrang professional, napakabait.”
The ABS-CBN actor previously worked with Anne in the 2018 Metro Manila Film Fest entry Aurora.
Marco then pointed out Anne’s husband, Erwan Heussaff, did not get jealous of his love scenes with Anne.
"Nakakatawa, lahat naman happy. They have such a fun relationship. They don’t hinder the other one from doing their work properly. It's all for work.
"Kudos to Erwan for being such a sport and a cool husband, especially to Anne!”
He has met Erwan personally and he finds him “very light to talk to, very soft spoken" and also very “chill.”
In the movie, Marco admitted he was “very daring” due to his butt exposure scene.
“May butt exposure ako. Pero hindi malaswa na daring. Very cinematic, artistic pa rin siya ginawa."
It was the actor who suggested its inclusion “para sa ikagaganda ng movie at the same time, si Anne ang kasama ko. To date, this is my biggest project."
How does he feel about fans being able to see his butt on the big screen?
Marco found humor in it and said, “Nakakatawa, and at the same time, enjoy for the fans, di ba? It's gonna be quick.
"Actually, ako ang nag-suggest na gawin yung butt exposure scene."
Edu Manzano played Anne’s husband in Just a Stranger. It turns out that the veteran actor is the best friend of Marco's uncle, which is why they have known each other for years.
“Tito Edu naman, sobrang bait. Sobrang cool. Marami akong natutunan sa kanya..showbiz related... business side, mga ganyan. He’s a very, very bright person. "We’re very happy na kasama namin siya sa movie ... he has a very welcoming presence.”
How did Marco physically prepare for Just a Stranger?
“Kasama naman ang workout dun. Ang diet, maintain lang ako. Working out double time also. ..One to two hours in the gym, tina-try ko everyday...I play basketball a lot. "Dati nagmu-Muay Thai ako. Ngayon, di na masyado.”
When it comes to matters of the heart, he revealed, “Single ako ngayon. Enjoying life by myself with my friends and with my family... I’m ready to love again pero hindi muna.” Would you fall for someone older?
The young actor doesn’t discount the fact that he could fall someone older. “For me, age doesn’t matter for as long as nagmamahalan kami. It’s true love.”