One person's loss is another's gain.
Ito ang akmang paglalarawan sa pagpasok ni Glaiza de Castro sa cast ng Bente bilang kapalit ni Jewel Mische.
Sa nalalapit na showing date, which is on June 3, ng nasabing pelikula, hindi maiwasang pag-usapang muli ang dahilan ng biglaang pagbabago sa cast. Matatandaang makakasama sana ni Jewel dito ang yumaong aktor na si Marky Cielo, na pinalitan ng dating housemate ng Pinoy Big Brother na si Aldred Gatchalian. Ngayon, sina Glaiza at Aldred na ang magkapareha.
Bakit nga ba nawala sa eksena si jewel?
On the shooting day itself, bigla raw nag-back out ang Ultimate Sweetheart ng StarStruck Batch 4 sa pelikula ng batikang direktor na si Mel Chionglo.
Nagulat na lang daw ang production dahil kahit nandoon na sa location si Jewel, bigla na lang daw itong umalis, lalo na noong makita niya umano si direk Mel.
Ang Bente ang ikalawa sa huling ipalalabas ng Sine Direk. Sa anim na entries, ang film ni direk Mel at ang Kamoteng Kahoy ni Maryo J. delos Reyes ang hindi pa nasu-shoot. Kaya naman, the project is under a tight deadline to beat its target showing date.
GLAIZA REPLACES JEWEL. Sa biglaang pagba-back out ni Jewel, muntik nang magka-aberya at masayang ang isang araw. Mabuti na lang daw at madaling napakiusapan ni direk Mel si Manny Valera, ang manager ni Glaiza de Castro.
Noong araw ding iyon, pagkagaling sa isang guesting, dumiretso na raw sa location ang 21 year-old actress para gampanan ang dapat sana ay role ni Jewel.
Natuwa naman ang cast and crew na walang ere itong si Glaiza, na nagsasabing wala rin daw problema kahit second choice lang siya dahil ang paniniwala niya, kapag kanya talaga ang role, anuman ang mangyari ay mapupunta ito sa kanya.
JEWEL'S REASON. Ang usap-usapan ay tila naalarma raw yata ang 18-year-old actress sa bed scene nila ni Aldred.
Takang-taka naman daw ang mga tao sa production, maging si direk Mel, dahil nag-audition naman daw si Jewel for the role last year, at alam naman daw nitong may gano'ng eksena talaga sa pelikula.
Kahit nga raw si Glaiza na pumalit kay Jewel ay maingat din naman sa pagpili ng roles subalit hindi nito tinanggihan ang proyekto.
In a blog entry, Jewel explained her side (published as is):
"First of all, I want you to know that I was really looking forward to do this film. The script was sent to me 2 days before the 1st shooting day. I refused to play the role and before you hear any reasons from the newspaper or wherever, hear it straight from me.
"As you have already read from somewhere, there will be a love scene, let me quote from the script "mapusok na naglo-love making si -name of characters-" .. I got shocked.
"Now please know, it is not a sexy film, and it will be directed by a great and talented director, direk Mel (who is by the way, very gracious and understanding of me), I am sure direk Mel and the team has a plan already of how to execute that particular scene for the movie. I understood the story after reading the whole script.
"While the goal of the movie (to my understanding) is to show "reality" - the evil of the society, e.g. dirty politics, injustice, immorality, etc.. I cannot do it, not for any other reason but because of personal conviction. The movie is full of violence and swearing, and the character that I was supposed to portray is a teenager who is sexually involved with her boyfriend and worse I have to "act it". It is beyond my moral standards.
"I am not saying the movie is wrong, in fact it is correct in a sense that it is true in picking up some of the common problems of the society, it is very realistic and for that I commend the scriptwriter. I heard that the movie is an "all star cast", and if I am not mistaken only two of us are "babies" from the business, it would have been really great to be working with all of them.
"On the first day of shooting my call time was 8:30 am, I arrived almost 2 hours earlier.. When I was having my heart to heart talk with direk Mel, he started by telling me that I am their first and only choice for the role, I was thanking him and telling him how flattered I am but at the same time I was telling him little by little about my dilemma, Imagine how hard it was for me to hear all the recognition from him but at the same time I know as the conversation builds up, it will eventually lead to 'I can't do it'.
"I know I am an actress and I'm supposed to 'act' and give justice to whatever role is given to me, pero mahirap kalaban ang personal conviction and because of that, I cannot compromise.
"Ever since Starstruck days, 'maarte at pasaway' ako because I didn't want to wear clothes that will show a lot of skin. You know I was suspended for not wearing a 2-piece and ramp on national tv; I was really angry because I was asked to attend a photoshoot and I didn't know it was for a mensmag cover. I have had issues like these. Ang hirap. I regret agreeing to do a kissing scene while doing my first teleserye, cos now people can question me na bakit noon pumayag ako, even then I was only forced to do so."