Isiniwalat ni Derek Ramsay na sa kanya pala unang inalok ang lead role sa TV remake ng Ang Panday, na ipalalabas sa TV5 at pagbibidahan ni Richard Gutierrez.
Pero tinanggihan daw niya ito dahil nakagawa na siya ng superhero role, ang Kidlat, na ipinalabas noong 2013 sa TV5 din.
So, second choice lang si Richard sa Ang Panday?
“I don’t wanna say second choice, no,” mabilis na reaksiyon ni Derek.
Dagdag niya, “Richard was, I think, in the industry before me.
“So, hindi ko puwedeng sabihin na mas ano ako sa kanya. That would be outright rude.
"The guy has more experience, the guy has done more things than I have for the industry.”
Pero dahil tinanggihan nga ni Derek ang Panday, masasabing second choice si Richard para sa project?
Sabi niya, “Well, if that’s what you wanna call it.
Pero paglilinaw rin ni Derek, “There’s nothing wrong with being a second choice.
“You should be happy if you were given an opportunity, too, if you’re chosen.
“I’ve been second choice to English Only, Please .
“I was second choice to many movies and I was very thankful na ako yung napili.”
Patuloy pa niya, “I was asked if I want to do Panday and I said no.
“Big project, great project, I could have done it.
“But I strongly believe… I just wanna be fair na ako si Kidlat, something that’s homegrown sa TV5.
“And parang sa mga viewers, I don’t think it would be fair na, ‘Oh, he portrayed as Kidlat, a superhero, and now he’s Panday as a superhero?’
“It just doesn’t look right.”
Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Derek sa presscon ng pelikulang Love Is Blind na ginanap sa Luxent Hotel nitong Miyerkules, February 3.
KING AND PRINCE. Sa pagpasok ni Richard sa Kapatid network, may mga nang-iintriga na ito raw ang threat o banta sa korona at trono ni Derek.
Pero sabi ni Derek, “No! I’m very supportive about Richard joining.”
Ayaw ring tanggapin ni Derek ang sinasabi ng marami na siya ang “Hari ng TV5.”
“Hindi ako yung hari ng TV5!” bulalas ng aktor.
“I don’t like to believe na ako yung hari ng TV5.
“I’m one of their talents, their loyal talents, and I will work hard to help the network grow.
“I don’t believe that I carry all of that on my shoulders.”
Kaagad ding kinontra ni Derek ang sinasabi ng press na siya ang hari at si Richard ang prinsipe ng TV5.
Saad niya, “If he wants to be king, he can be king, I don’t mind to be… a soldier!
“Like I said, I don’t get involved in stuff like that.
“Richard and the family Gutierrez, big, big name, done lots for this industry.
"So ako, I just do my job.
“I wanna work, I wanna help the network.
“And I’m glad that he’s come so that we can help the network.
“I wish we could get more talents to help the network grow.
“Yeah, there’s no who’s the king or queen of TV5.”