Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales's fans will have another chance to see them together on the silver screen as Cinema One and SM Cinemas collaborate for their Cinema One Originals 2009 movie Paano Ko Sasabihin? The screening will be on April 16-22 at selected SM Cinemas nationwide.
"Ire-release namin yung Paano Ko Sasabihin? sa SM theaters kasi 'yong parang pinakamalaking release ng Cinema One Originals dahil ka-partner namin dito 'yong SM theaters. Nanalo ito ng Audience Choice Award in the last festival so, ibig sabihin, gustung-gusto ng audience panoorin ito. Siya 'yong may pinakamalaking fan base dahil kay Enchong and Erich. Yung kuwento, maraming makakarelate, lalong lalo na dun sa mga mahilig manood ng pelikulang Tagalong," Cinema One channel head Ronald Arguelles told the media at a conference held last week.
He also explained why they chose the Tanging Yaman actors instead of other young love teams today.
"'Yong project na ito, una naming nakita para kay Enchong. Tapos yung manager ni Enchong [Keren Pascual] sabi, 'O, bakit hindi na lang si Erich yung kasama para sa pelikulang ito, since pareho yung schedule nila during that time na isu-shoot yung Paano ko Sasabihin?' So nagkataon na parehong libre, so sila yung [gumanap sa pelikula]. Bakit bankable yung love team nila? We will see on April 16 to 22, yun ang showing ng pelikulang ito.'
Arguelles firmly believes in the acting skills of Enchong and Erich. "Katulad noong interview sa akin dati, ang sinabi ko nga na hinahanap naming artista 'yung hindi lang magaling umarte, kung hindi matatalinong artista na hindi na kailangang magbato ng dialogue.
"Kahit na wala dialogue kaya nilang humugot or kaya nilang maging sympathetic. 'Yong character nila kaya nilang bigyan ng justice. Dun sa acting ni Erich and ni Enchong doon sa film, wala akong masasabi dun kasi nabigyan nila ng justice yung character ni Ehryl and Mike, respectively. Siguro nagbunga dun yung training atsaka yung language [instructor] na binabantayan sila everyday. Yun siguro yung mahalaga dun."
ENJOYING THE EXPERIENCE. Paano Ko Sasabihin? is actually the first movie project of Erich and Enchong, who were also paired in ABS-CBN's defunct hit TV series Katorse. Both celebrities said that they did not experience any pressure while doing this film and that they just enjoyed the experience.
Enchong said, "Siguro hindi masyadong pressure kasi nakikita namin ito na parang yung movie na 500 Days of Summer. Parang sinimulan nila yung movie as an indie film. So, hindi sila masyadong nag-expect na kikita sa abroad or mananalo siya ng award. Kumbaga, tiningnan namin [ang pelikula] as parang marami pa kaming experience na matututunan sa experience na gagawin namin.
"Kumbaga, kung kumita man siya or hindi, well, siyempre, hopefully kumita... Pero 'yong expectations na hindi katulad ng kapag mainstream talaga yung movie. So, suwerte namin na ito yung pinaka-una namin na film."
Paano Ko Sasabihin? will be shown in the following SM branches: SM Manila, Sta. Mesa, Megamall, Fairview, North EDSA, Southmall, Bacoor, Clark, Cebu, and Davao starting April 16.
REALISTIC KISSING SCENE. Paano Ko Sasabihin? is an unpredictable light comedy about two strangers who "hear" the call of love with their hearts. Enchong and Erich play the role of deaf-mute lovers in the film—the former teaches sign language at a school for the deaf, while Erich knows sign language because her brother is a deaf mute.
During the press conference, Enchong and Erich were teased by the entertainment media because they found out that they had a kissing scene in Paano Ko Sasabihin?
"'Yong kissing scene na yun is our very first kissing scene onscreen," Enchong said. 'Tapos parang, tinatanong naming yung isa't isa, 'Paano kaya natin ito gagawin?' E, wala pa naman kaming experience. 'Tapos nung time kasi na yun, kailangan namin kuhaan ng umaga, e, medyo bumababa na yung araw 'tapos nasa LRT pa kami medyo crowded, so kailangan naming madaliin. So, ang sabi namin, 'Game na 'to, kaya na 'to.'"
Enchong explained why his onscreen kiss with Erich became controversial. "Kung ano lang yung alam namin, yun lang yung lumabas doon sa film. Pero buti na lang, kasi nga since deaf and mute yung characters doon sa story, lahat nung galaw nila is very expressive. So it works for the film. Kaya siguro controversial kasi nga masyadong 'totoo.'"
ON THEIR LOVE TEAM. Since Enchong and Erich have been working together in previous projects, would they be constant partners in their future TV shows and movies?
Erich replied, "Ako naman po I'm very open to work with kahit sino po and for as long as [needed], I always say na pag maganda yung project, maganda yung story and challenging po I'll accept po talaga."
Enchong seconded, "Of course, very open, siyempre. Kasi, yun yung way kung papaano nila malalaman kung natututo ka ba sa every project na ginagawa mo. Pero right now, since suwerte rin kasi, yung lahat ng shows na nagagawa namin is magkasama kami and yung movie na gagawin din namin kami din yung magkasama, so blessed."
Enchong admitted that his closeness with Erich is not just because they work together.
"Closeness, kung sasabihing closeness, pati off-cam close kami, very close as friends. Pero kung sasabihing 'with a relationship' siguro or 'with commitment,' mas gusto naming na dahan-dahan lang. Kasi masyadong marami, e, masyadong maraming gagawin," he clarified.