Through Night and Day tops the list of most-viewed movies on Netflix Philippines today, July 14, 2020.
The 2018 movie starring Alessandra de Rossi and Paolo Contis is also trending on social media because of the two stars' portrayals of their respective roles, Jen and Ben.
Paolo Contis himself has been a trending topic on Twitter over the past few days.
But did you know that Paolo was not the first choice to portray the role of Ben?
According to Alessandra, she wrote the movie's concept and storyline with comedian Empoy Marquez in mind.
Empoy was Alessandra’s leading man in the hit 2017 movie Kita Kita. The movie was such a blockbuster hit that Empoy and Alessandra became a love team dubbed AlEmpoy.
She revealed this when a netizen asked on Twitter if the role of Ben was really meant for Paolo.
Alessandra replied on July 12, “I wrote this for empoy, kaya ginawa kong childhood friends para tanggap na nila isa't isa. Ano man! Love you poy! Charot! Ngunit may kontraban. Not viva or octo. Perfect si paolo, btw. Ginalingan. #truestory”
Through Night and Day scriptwriter Noreen Capili seconded Alessandra’s revelation in the trivia she released on her Facebook page yesterday, July 13.
Capili wrote, “Alex created the story with Empoy in mind. Kaya daw childhood friends si Ben at Jen para tanggap na nila ang isa’t isa (haha). Pero may nagsuggest na si Paolo na lang kunin and he was perfect for the role.”
ALESSANDRA’S SUPPOSED FIRST DIRECTORIAL JOB
Capili also revealed in her Facebook post that Alessandra was supposed to write and direct Through Night and Day.
However, the actress decided to focus on her portrayal.
Capili shared, “Naisip niya, napakahirap ng role ni Jen, 'tapos siya pa ang director – mababaliw siya!”
Veronica Velasco, who directed movies such as Nuuk, Tuhog, and the series Pure Love and Oh My G, was chosen to helm the film.
“One of the producers wanted a male director sana, but they finally agreed na si Veronica Velasco ang tamang director para sa project na ito.”
Alessandra intended to write the script herself, but became too busy with the ABS-CBN series Since I Found You.
Capili, a close friend of Alessandra since they worked together in the series Green Rose, then received a call from her.
Published as is, Capili narrated, “Alessandra de Rossi was supposed to write the movie. Buo na sa utak niya ang kuwento. Pumunta siya ng Iceland mag-isa in April 2018 para mag-research sa lugar, at malagyan ng detalye ang mga eksena. Pero dahil busy siya sa soap opera that time, hindi niya nagawa.
“June 2018, tumawag sa akin si Alex habang nasa taping siya. Akala ko tsismisan lang pero bigla akong inutusan kumuha ng ballpen at papel. Kinuwento na pala niya ang movie na ipapasulat niya sa akin!
“Habang nagtitake notes, mega react din ako sa mga nangyayari kay Jen and Ben. Akala ko ang ending yung nagbreak na sila sa Iceland – putsa, may mas matinding twist pa pala!”
Alessandra also tweeted this trivia on July 12.
She wrote (published as is), “Ako dapat magsusulat ng TNAD dahil buo naman na yung kwento sa isip ko. Sa sobrang pressure sa soap noon, kasi leading lady daw ako doon, di ko magawa! Pinasulat ko kay @noringai dahil idol/mentor/bff ko sya. Sabi ko, ako nalang magdidirek! Go girl!
"Noong nabasa ko yung script ni @noringai, na pressure ako. Masyado akong nagandahan, 100x better sa kaya kong gawin, dahil di ako writer. Natakot ako na baka masira ko yung film. I'm glad si direk Veronica Velasco ang gumawa. Salamat direk and noreen! BUTI NALANG! MAHUSAY!
“Pahabol. Our writer @noringai ay nagka-aneurysm 10 years ago. Nacoma sya. Writer namin sya sa soap at dinalaw ko sya at doon kami naging close. Kaya perfect sya magsulat nun kasi may kilala syang neurosurgeon. nagpasched pa ng check up kunwari para mag fish ng info. Iba!”
Through Night and Day was shown in cinemas on November 14, 2018. It was released on Netflix on July 9, 2020.