Hindi lang ang kasalukuyang kaso ni Baron Geisler angkontrobersiyal sa kanya ngayon, kundi pati na ang latest indie film niya. Ito angipinagmamalaki niyang Jay, na isa sa sampung competition films sa 2008Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.
Gala night ng Jay kagabi, July 12, sa Main Theater ng CulturalCenter of the Philippines (CCP) sa Roxas Boulevard, Manila.
Nais linawin ni Baron at ng first-time filmmaker na siFrancis Pasion na hindi gay film ang Jay, kundi isang pelikulang may gaycharacte; at ito nga'y ginampanan ni Baron. Ang unang papel niya bilang bading ay sa Jologs ng Star Cinema noong 2002. Kasama rin sa cast ng Jay sina Coco Martin, Flor Salanga, atilang Kapampangan actors. Kinumpirma rin ng writer-director-producer na siFrancis na may frontal nudity sa pelikula si Baron.
Sa kalagitnaan ng shooting ng pelikula ay dumating ang kasoni Baron with Yayo and William Martinez's daughter Patricia.
"I was not watching TV that day," kuwento ni Direk Francis."Baron and his co-actors are supposed to rehearse for our next shooting day inBacolor in Pampanga. We were surprised that Baron appeared in long sleeves poloattire. Then he told us, 'Direk, medyo hindi po ako magtatagal, may meeting poako sa lawyer.' It was only then that we realized that he has gotten intoanother controversy."
Did the controversy affect Baron's performance or the film?
"We have decided never to talk about the case, so itwas not really a factor," sagot ni Direk Francis. "We leave the case to thelawyers. We never talked about it. And we are not concerned about who istelling the truth. We reserve judgment.
"I personally, was concerned of whatever consequencesthis might have for my actor. Nag-worry din ako. Ang daming nagsasabi, 'Dapatbilisan mo na dahil baka makulong si Baron,' pero siyempre it was a joke."
Ibinalita pa ni Direk Francis na hindi raw nagpabayad siBaron ng kanyang talent fee at mula raw noon ay hindi na ito umiinom.
BARON'S FRONTALNUDITY. Isa sa siguradong magigingkontrobersiyal na eksena ng Jay ay ang frontal nudity ni Baron. It ishis first time to bare all for a film.
Kuwento ni Direk Francis, nakatatlong takes ang nasabingeksena.
Aniya, "The scene took three takes. During the firsttwo takes, Baron was quite hesitant. Tinatakpan pa niya ng towel ang privateparts niya. But on the last third take, he let it all out. I showed him thescene and he approved of it. The frontal nudity is integral to the story. Itmay also be the reason for others to watch or be interested in the film. But weassure the audience that more than the controversial nudity, people will talkabout the film and its disturbing message.
"The film defamiliarizes the operations of media,television in particular, in bringing us their stories. It shows how media cansubtly give us their version of the truth," paliwanag ni Direk Francis.
Ang mga susunod pang screening dates ng Jay sa CCP ay ang mga sumusunod: July 13 Sunday, 9 p.m.; July 16 Wednesday, 3 p.m.; July 17 Thursday, 12:45 and 3 p.m.; July 19 Saturday, 6:15 p.m.