Tom Rodriguez takes over role intended for Derek Ramsay in Here Comes the Bride


Former Pinoy Big Brother Double Up housemate Tom Rodriguez plays the fiance of Angelica Panganiban in the upcoming movie Here Comes the Bride. Director Chris Martinez and producer Atty. Joji Alonso (inset) praised Tom for his acting skill in this comedy flick, which will open on May 12.


Atty. Joji Alonso of Quantum Films originally wanted to have Derek Ramsay to play the fiancé of Angelica Panganiban in the comedy flick Here Comes the Bride. This movie is scheduled to have its premiere tonight, May 11, at SM Megamall. Co-produced by Star Cinema, OctoArts and Quantum Films, this movie will be screened in cinemas nationwide starting May 12, 2010.

Written and directed by Chris Martinez, Here Comes the Bride has been rated B by the Cinema Evaluation Board. It also stars John "Sweet" Lapus, Tuesday Vargas, Jaime Fabregas, Nico Antonio and Kai Cortez.


In a recent interview held at the Proud Mary restaurant in Quezon City, the female producer told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "That was the original plan, si Derek talaga noong 2008. Pero ’di ba may movie sila together noong December, yung I Love You Goodbye? So it might not be a good idea na sila ulit. Apart from that, nag-isip kami na parang it would probably be a good idea if we would cast somebody na bago.

"It would be nice if you have a fresh face...so that’s why we decided to have somebody new. When Tom was still inside the PBB House, siya lang ung talagang nakitaan ko ng potential na magiging matinee idol.

"When he left the house, when we sat down with him and Star Magic. Nag-paalam rin kami kay Direk Lauren [Dyogi, business unit head of PBB] and he was excited [because] you know it’s good exposure for Tom."

Did Tom have any hesitations about doing love scenes in this movie? "Wala at all. I already told him from the start we will have kissing scenes with Angelica, he will have kissing scenes with Uge [Eugene Domingo], he said Uge is his idol kasi ang magaling na artista sa he looked forward to it."

"Meron silang bed scene ni Uge! May bed scene sila ni Angelica. Pero funny ha, hindi yung grabeng bad scene na. Nakakatawa yung mga love scenes. Siguro ang kissing scene niya with Uge mahigit sampu. Kay Angelica naman, naka ilang halikan sila. Kaya sabi ko nga [kay Tom] maswerte ka!"

Atty. Joji revealed that Tom attended a workshop under Pen Medina in preparation for this movie. She recalls, "Pen said na may potential [si Tom] and may passion...may fire sa katawan na gusto niyang matuto and passion for me is the most important, e. Kasi kahit gaano ka-talented ang isang tao kung wala ung nasa loob na gusto mo ung isang bagay, you want it so badly that you’ll do everything to show how good you are.

"Parang may kakulangan kahit gaano ka pa ka-talented, pero pag pinagsama mo ung dalawa then you’ll really go places. I think Tom has the talent and he has the passion in him to act and to evolve himself into an actor kaya lumabas na magaling siya."

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ON ANGELICA PANGANIBAN. According to Atty. Joji, she saw the potential of Angelica to do comedy even before she started impersonating Kris Aquino in the gag show Banana Split.

"Kasi yung character ni Angelica dito, you have to be mahinhin and at the same time baklang-bakla talaga siya. And then she’s been really running after many men. Kasi imagine mo her character is gay and now in a body of a woman [because she switches bodies with John Lapus]. So siyempre di ba, you’re wild and all that. So ang hirap ng transition na ’yon. You really need a good actress for that one. Angelica did Santa Santita before and di ba she was nice and at the same time maldita."

She continued: "Parang there’s something funny about her na ang hirap i-explain. Sabi nga ni Chris [the director of the film], mas masahol pa siya sa bading, e. And that was the reason, kasi nang nagpo-portray na siya ng role, nagulat niya ko how well she did it. So magaling, magaling in other words."

One of the most expensive sequences in the movie is the use of actual cars for the accident scene, instead of relying on computer-generated imagery. According to Atty. Joji, they used around more than 10 vehicles in the car crash scene of the movie.

Here Comes The Bride will be screened in cinemas nationwide starting May 12, 2010.


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