Gabby Concepcion, 53, acknowledges that he is partly to blame for why his reunion movie with ex-wife Sharon Cuneta, 51, has been shelved.
He makes it clear that he wants to work with Sharon, but the Kapuso actor also says he has two considerations preventing him from accepting the offer of Star Cinema, the film company of ABS-CBN.
The first reason Gabby cites is that he was not satisfied with the material of the story presented to him.
He explains, “Kasi gusto ko makabasa ng script bago ako tumanggap.
“Wala akong nakitang istorya. Puro synopsis.
“Maganda kung may istorya, tapos from there, puwede nang baguhin.
“Kasi nalalagyan mo na ng idea, e—kung ano yung gagawin ko, saan ako puwede mag-contribute.”
Gabby spoke to entertainment reporters, including PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), in his solo presscon for the GMA Network afternoon soap, Ika-6 Na Utos, which he co-headlines with Sunshine Dizon and Ryza Cenon.
The event was held at the 17th floor of GMA Network Center earlier today, September 12.
Gabby also explains that he is prioritizing the taping of his TV soap with GMA-7 over shooting a film with the rival network’s film company.
“Pero eto, alam niyo, another truth, 'no, kapipirma ko lang sa Seven," says Gabby, who signed a two-year contract with the Kapuso Network in August 2016, after leaving the Kapamilya stable.
He continues, “Nahihiya ako sa Seven na gagawa ako sa kabila.
“Although meron si Dingdong [Dantes], gumagawa naman din.
“Pero ako, bagong pasok ako.
“So, I just felt na ayokong mawala yung momentum ng Seven, na kauumpisa lang namin, tapos bigla akong gagawa sa iba.”
In fact, Gabby's Ika-6 Na Utos is consistently leaving the competition behind.
PEP.ph has been told, by a celebrity-friend that Gabby confided in, that the star is "extremely happy with how GMA" has been treating him, particularly after ABS-CBN left him "hanging without projects."
And that for him to drop everything now, for the ABS-CBN movie project with Sharon, would be an act of ingratitude to GMA-7.
So, the celebrity-friend says, Gabby continues to give "his all" to GMA's Ika-6 Na Utos.
GUT FEEL. Gabby also says he goes by “gut feel” when accepting acting projects.
“So, I hope my decisions were right.
“Pero, hindi ko hinihindian yung movie!
“Gusto kong gawin talaga because matagal nang hinihingi ng fans.
"Ang daming humihingi talaga, nagri-request.
“Istorya lang. Ayoko rin silang biguin. Istorya lang talaga.”
Any thoughts about fans feeling disappointed that the Gabby-Sharon’s comeback movie has been shelved?
Gabby answers, “I don’t blame them.
“Katulad ng... balik ulit sa I.T.A.L.Y. Hindi ko sila sinisiraan, that’s GMA.
“Pero, nakita ko kasi na wala akong makita. Yun lang ang point ko naman dito.”
Gabby is referring to the 2008 GMA Films' movie I.T.A.L.Y., which, according to him, he turned down because “takot na takot ako sa istorya.”
It was 2008 when Gabby returned to the Philippines and revived his showbiz career after many years of living in the United States.
I.T.A.L.Y. was being pegged as Gabby’s comeback film at the time, but his role was eventually given to Kapuso actor Dennis Trillo.
"Sabi ko, 'Wala akong nakikitang puwedeng maganda para sa akin.'
"Sa kabuuan, maybe. Pero, as a producer, natatakot ako diyan."
He says this to elaborate on how he uses "gut feel" with projects and to explain why he wants to be presented with a fleshed-out story.
About his much-awaited reunion movie with Sharon, Gabby admits that he and Sharon never directly talked about his reasons for not accepting Star Cinema’s offer.
“Kasi kami, hindi kami nag-uusap when it comes to our professional line of work, yung mga decisions na ganyan.
“Although I told production na, ‘You give me another story.’
“They gave me another story, e. Synopsis lang… Hindi pa rin, e.”
Gabby also said that he has ideas, but he can only “suggest” and "cannot impose" on the creative team’s work.
He says again that he really wants to work with the Megastar in the future.
“That’s how I feel, maski one time lang—whether it’s the last movie we’ll ever gonna do—at least meron kaming prinisinta.”