Iza Calzado was overwhelmed by the show of support given to her by fellow celebrities during the premiere night of The Echo. This film, which was given a rating of PG-13 by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, will be screened starting September 30, 2009.
Sharon Cuneta, Richard Gutierrez, Kris Bernal and Aljur Abrenica were some of the stars who attended the premiere night of this film. Family members of Richard, namely Annabelle Rama, Eddie Gutierrez, and Ruffa Gutierrez, were also present that night.
Two years ago, she and director Yam Laranas were the only Filipinos that took part in the Hollywood version of the Filipino horror film Sigaw. The original film starred Richard Gutierrez and Angel Locsin as two people haunted by ghosts in a decrepit old building where Richard's character was staying.
During the September 22 premiere night that took place in SM Megamall, Richard made it a point to watch the film and express his support for the film.
Prior to the screening, the press interviewed Iza, who reprises her role as a housewife seeking for justice beyond the grave.
"Masayang masaya po ako at finally, dalawang taon na hinintay ko, nandito na. Masayang masaya po ako para kay Direk Yam. Actually, I'm very, very happy tonight for Direk Yam, he worked so hard for the remake to be possible at talaga namang he deserves all the best that is coming to him."
Aside from working on the Hollywood remake of Sigaw, Yam was recently tapped to be the first Filipino to helm the National Geographic documentary titled Asia's Titanic. CLICK HERE to read related article.
How different was it to work on Sigaw with The Echo?
"Pagkakaiba? Kinocorrect pa yung pronunciation ko minsan, nahahalatang Pinoy. Pero konti lang naman yung lines ko dito. Pero yung difference lang siguro talaga nun is the working environment, the actors that you are paired with or you have scenes with. Ang prosthetics, masasabi ko, ibang-iba," says Iza.
Iza's scene as a battered wife was very shocking and moving that it even left an impact on the people who saw the scene in Toronto.
"That was the drama scene namin ni Kevin Durand who played the role of my husband," recalls Iza. "Two days yun e. On the first day, he was beating me up. But there was one guy who was part of the set, he had dinner with the family. He was told by everybody in his family, ‘why are you sad? We should be celebrating.' ‘Because I came from a shooting, I was so disturbed by the scene.'
"Meron daw isa pa, pag-uwi daw niya hinug niya yung wife niya. Dun ko narealize na yung mga foreigners pala sobrang sentimental din nila. Sobra silang na-touch dun sa scene. He [Kevin] was a 6' 5" guy, and I'm 5' 6" girl. So parang yung contrast lang naman dun yung laki niya tapos binabalibag niya ko. Siguro natense lang talaga sila."
Did Iza have a crush on Jesse Bradford in the past?
The GMA-7 actress admitted, "Crush ko siya nung bata pa ko. Kaya talagang pinigilan kong magka-crush lalo sa kanya. Pero sobrang gwapo niya. Minsan nga hindi ko alam yung sasabihin ko sa kanya, hindi na lang ako nakikipag-usap."
Jesse Bradford reprises the role of Richard Gutierrez but in the Hollywood, remake, he is an ex-con trying to rebuild his life after being released from prison. He is bothered by noises and apparitions coming from his next-door neighbor, a cop who beats up his housewife (portrayed by Iza Calzado) and his young child (Jamie Bloch).
How is he as an actor?
"He's really professional. There are only a couple of scenes I had with him. The most memorable one was the one wherein pababa ako galing sa ceiling. Tapos kailangan naming maghawakan, kasi parang ilang beses naming ginawa so parang nagrerest ako sa kamay niya. Tawa siya ng tawa, sabi niya, ‘this is cracking me up.'
"Masaya, masaya naman yung buong set. Mas nag-enjoy ako din na kasama at kausap yung pinaka-female lead namin, si Amelia Warner [the actress who portrayed the roe of Angel Locsin in the original film]. And also yung ex ni Madonna, si Carlos Leon. And of course yung husband ko dito, si Kevin Duran.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Iza if she got tired of waiting for The Echo to be shown here in the Philippines?
"Hindi. Hindi naman! Sabi ko lang, when it's time, it will be shown. Alam mo I believe in that. I believe in God's perfect time. I believe in the saying, pag oras nang mangyari na yung isang bagay, yun talaga yung oras na ready siya. Marami na akong experiences na ganyan sa showbiz. May mga projects akong hindi natuloy. Looking back, alam ko kung bakit hindi siya natuloy, I wasn't ready for it. And I don't know. Maybe, the same thing with this film, I really had no idea."
Before joining the Megastar in her seat, Iza asked Filipinos to support her film The Echo, which will be screened starting September 30, 2009.
"Please watch and support the first Filipino that is remake in a Hollywood production or setting. I hope that this will make you proud and aspire to have more films be remade or more Filipinos to Hollywood. Para din malaman nila kung gaano tayo katalented. Kung gaano kaganda ang mga Pinoy, di lamang pisikal, pero yung ating utak, yung kalooban. We have to be really proud of what we have and I hope na magtuloy tuloy na po ito. Kahit na sino pang gumawa nito kung magkaron pa tayo ng actors and actresses who have projects in Hollywood or wherever. Kumbaga maka-cross over tayo sa ibang mga cultures din para makilala nila tayo."
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