The lead actors of the hit Thai movie Bad Genius, Teeradon Supapunpinyo and Chanon Santinatornkul, arrived in the Philippines to grace the October 14 Manila premiere of their film.
The actors talked candidly about the movie at the press conference held at the Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel in Pasig City.
On that same day, they met with their Pinoy fans at Robinsons Galleria during the premiere night.
Bad Genius revolves around a genius student named Lynn (played by Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, in her acting debut) who is forced to help her best friend Grace (played by Eisaya Hosuwan) masterfully cheat during an important exam.
When Grace tells her boyfriend Pat (played by Teeradon) about Lynn’s “abilities,” Pat persuades Grace to do the same for him and his friends for a large amount of money.
Grace, who is aware of her father’s financial woes, accepts the offer. As their cheating “business” grows, Lynn is forced to ask help from another genius, her rival Bank (played by Chanon), to help her with the “operations.”
Together, the four of them make millions as they help hundreds of students cheat their way from one exam to the other, in this blockbuster that feels like a heist film.
Bad Genius will open in Philippine cinemas on October 18, 2017.
MEET THE ACTORS. During the press conference, the two actors were asked how similar and different they are from their characters.
Chanon answered, “When we want to do something—it’s our nerdiness. When we want to do something, I’m the type of person that when I love to do something, or like something, I will do it so seriously. I will look to every resource and everything possible that will make it as good as possible. So sometimes, I’m so serious that a lot of people, like him [pointing at Teeradon] or anyone that see me will tell me like, ‘Calm down, dude,’ or something like that. Bank is the same. He’s super concentrated in what he does. And sometimes he’s not flexible.”
He added, “Our difference is the flexibility. Me, myself, [I] have a really flexible personality. If something needs to be done in one way or [another] way, I can adapt to it.”
Teeradon said that he is similar to Pat since he wants to use money to solve problems, to which, Chanon quipped, “You don’t have money, though."
Teearadon continued, “That is the difference between me and Pat. Haha! The similarity is I think like me, Pat can be friends with everyone—like a polar opposite to Bank.
“I’m not cheating like Pat. [But] I love to plan. I love to make business.”
Since the movie is about cheating techniques, the actors were asked if they’ve ever cheated in the past.
Chanon, who is currently a student, explained, “I had done quite a basic trick, like to write in a small paper, and put it in a pencil box. Something basic.”
Teeradon pointed out, “In high school, one exam that is very hard, I can’t do it at all. So I decided to cheat. By looking at the teacher, and when the teacher turned his back, I switched paper exam with my friend. I let him do that.”
Chanon immediately added, “But we’re not doing that anymore. We’re good persons now,” which elicited laughter from members of the Philippine media.
SURPRISED BY BOX-OFFICE SUCCESS. Both actors admitted that they were surprised by the box-office performance of the movie, considering that they are fairly new in the film industry.
Chanon said they are grateful that people patronized their film.
“Of course, we are very happy. And, honestly, when something is very successful, we kind of feel pressure in some way because we, sometimes, we need to admit that we cannot always be great all the time. So we need to prepare ourselves as much as we can, so in the next project that we have, an opportunity to work on, we can be as best as possible.”
Chanon gives this reminder to viewers, especially young students: “We don’t force them to cheat. We don’t tell them to cheat, but we tell them that this cheating [is happening] in the real world. And just like I said before, we do not encourage anyone to cheat. But if you do cheat, you must prepare for the consequence.”