Portraying a character that's already been done is not easy according to Piolo Pascual, KC Concepcion, and Zanjoe Marudo. They are thelead stars in the Philippine adaptation of the Koreanovela Lovers In Paris.
Since Lovers In Paris wassuccessful when its dubbed version was shown in 2004, the three actors admittedthat they're all nervous about playing the roles of Carlo, Vivian, and Martin.
For Zanjoe, who plays the role of a Pinoy playboy in Parisnamed Martin, "Sobrang hirap na gumawa talaga ng remake lalo na kung mayroon ngnakagawa ng iba, 'tapos gagayahin mo lang ang character."
However, the former star of TheWedding said it's positive because, "challenge siya, e. Bilang artista, masarap magkaroon ng ganungklase ng opportunity na bibigyan ka ng ganun, mayroon kang gagayahin. So, masarap ang feeling kapag nagagawa mo nasiya."
On the other hand, KC said that the Vivian in Pinoy versionwould be different from the Vivian that the audience saw five years ago.
She said, "Vivian's character, given na siya, hindi na siyaoriginal, it's already been done. Peroiba pa rin kasi sa hitsura ko pa lang po ibang-iba na. She's not curvaceous and mestiza. Hitsura pa lang natin ibang-iba na so, thatwas really a challenge for me to give justice to the role."
For his part, Piolo (who is cast as Carlo), highlights the advantage of doing a role basedon a Koreanovela.
"What's good about it is that, you know where it's going,"said the actor-producer. "Alam mo kungsaan papunta ang character mo, kung saan papunta ang istorya, gawa nasiya. I think, it's an advantage kasiat least alam ko kung ano ang magiging journey ng character. But I must say,ito ang isa sa mga pinaka-challenging roles I've ever done."
He added, "For me, it's the biggest challenge becauseportraying somebody na napanood mo na, parang ginaya ang character naoriginal. So, at first we're verystrict but along the way, we were given leeway naman noong medyo okay na po angcharacterization namin."
In summary, the show's head script writer, Ricky Lee, agreedthat they couldn't just copy what was already seen in the Korean version.
He told the media, "Hindi naman maganda na kopyahinlang. So, ito 'yong teleserye naoriginal and at the same time, may binibigay kang parang Filipinized siya. Iba ang puso ng Pinoy sa puso ng Koreano. So, even faitful siya, maraming nakapalibotat nakapaloob na mga pagbabago."
SYNOPSIS. Vivian (KC Concepcion) is a struggling film student in Paris while Carlo (PioloPascual) is the head honcho of a company. They meet in Paris whenVivian applies as househelp toCarlo. When she gets the job, Carlo asks her to pretend to behis fiancé for a corporate event. And the romance blossoms from thatone night. Martin (Zanjoe Marudo) is a relative of Carlo but he fightswith the company president when he breaks the heart of Vivian.
Find out how Koreanovela Loversin Paris was interpreted for local viewers in this Pinoy version that will premiere on September 28 on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida.