After a three-year hiatus, the John Lloyd Cruz-Bea Alonzo tandem once again worked its magic on the silver screen for Star Cinema's latest offering, Miss You Like Crazy.
Last February 23, the cast members graced the two premiere screenings held at Trinoma, in the afternoon, and SM Megamall, later in the evening. Throngs of frenzied fans as well as celebrities gave their support to the beloved tandem that was last seen in the 2007 movie One More Chance.
STARS ON THE RED CARPET. ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio and Star Magic honcho Johnny Manahan lent their presence to the event.
Celeb friends of the reel couple—Sam Milby, Anne Curtis, Rayver Cruz, Angelica Panganiban, singer Aiza Seguerra and Gretchen Barretto—brought in their star appeal!
Pinoy Big Brother Double Up winners—Melissa Cantiveros, Jason Francisco, Tibo Jumalon, and Johan Santos—had their first walk on the red carpet.
THE CAST. Before the movie started, balladeer Erik Santos sang the theme song of Miss You Like Crazy.
After his rendition, the entire cast of Miss You Like Crazy was ushered to the stage. Led by box-office director Cathy Garcia-Molina, the stars of the film—Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz, Maricar Reyes, Malaysian actor Hans Gerald Isaac, Bembol Roco, Ryan Eigenmann, Ketchup Eusebio, Sylvia Sanchez, Tirso Cruz III, Jane Oineza and Malou Crisologo— entered the venue, much to the delight of the waiting fans.
After the movie, ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio gave Bea a congratulatory hug, while John Lloyd greeted the fans inside the jampacked cinema.
POST-PREMIERE PARTY. During the celebration at Chef's Quarter in the Atrium of SM Megamall, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to chat with the director and the film's lead stars, who were clearly elated by the premiere's strong turnout.
Director Cathy Garcia-Molina, who now has her own fans club called "Cathylicious," was very thankful. "Sobrang nagulat ako sa Trinoma, it's my first time na maka-experience ng premiere night sa Trinoma at nagulat ako na halos kapantay sa Megamall ang reception. Sinabi ko kina Lloydy and Bea, I am so happy. Pinaghirapan talaga namin ang movie na ito, malaki ang binuhos naming lahat, from my actors to my staff to Star Cinema, to give you something new, something na hindi maikukumpara sa One More Chance," she said.
The box-office director added that she was very happy with Bea and John Lloyd's performance in her movie. "Natutuwa ako sa dalawa kasi nailabas nila ang gusto ko at kailangan ko for the movie to work. I am so proud and I know that this is not a full-on-drama kind of movie, but I hope that Bea and John Lloyd get noticed, as well as the supporting cast," she enthused.
Direk Cathy was surprised that despite the three-year respite, Bea and John Lloyd were able to exceed her expectations, especially for the required kissing scenes. "I explained to them that this is not a typical love scene or a kilig scene, you say so much more than that. Sabi ko kunin niyo sa puso at kung anong sinasabi ng puso niyo, lalabas sa kiss niyo and they did it."
Malaysian actor-director Hans Isaac, who played Bea's love interest in the movie, said he enjoyed working with the entire cast and team of Miss You Like Crazy. "The cast and crew were very passionate. Bea was fun to work with, she would tease me a lot. John Lloyd was very quiet, I think it's because he was in his character a lot," he related.
Hans also told PEP that working here is very different from his country, which has a strong censorship board. "Like in Malaysia, you cannot kiss a girl on the lips," he pointed out. Hans added that he is open to doing more showbiz projects in the Philippines.
Before the party ended, PEP caught up with Bea and John Lloyd for a short chat. "Sa akin napaka-essential sa would-be success for this movie that I am claiming at this point, dahil kung hindi sa three years na yun we wouldn't have grown as actors," said John Lloyd.
For her part, Bea shared, "Oo, kinailangan din namin mag-grow individually para mag-gain ng wisdom, knowledge and experience without each other."
She also admitted that she had a bad case of jitters before the premiere night. "Kinabahan ako not because gusto ko i-expect na madaming dadarating but more of kung paano maibabalik doon sa dati. Sarap ng pakiramdam na di ka nag-e-expect pero binibigyan ka ng sobra-sobra, iba ang pakiramdam parang first-time ang lahat para sa akin."
John Lloyd was humbled by Direk Cathy's comment that he and Bea are two of the best actors of their generation. "There is still so much for us to learn but it is always nice to have someone appreciate your hard work, pero mas masarap mag-focus sa mga bagay that will continue to provide drive, intensity, eagerness and knowledge."
Bea added, "Mas masarap maging estudyante na laging may natututunan kaysa doon sa feeling mo na alam mo lahat."
Fans will have to wait for some time before they can see Bea and John Lloyd collaborate again for another project. They will star in separate TV shows: Bea in an upcoming teleserye with Gretchen Barretto, and John Lloyd in a project with Angel Locsin.
One thing is for certain though, based on the outpouring of support during the premiere, the fans surely won't mind the waiting time. They'll miss the John Lloyd-Bea loveteam like crazy!