‘Unexpectedly Yours’ The movie Robin Padilla couldn’t say no to

By Rob Gonzales November 30,2017

THIS week, Robin Padilla returns to the big screen with his sometime reel and real partner—the Megastar Sharon Cuneta.  Showing no signs of stopping, with his infamous bravado and loyalty, Padilla said that he had to momentarily halt two films under production for “Unexpectedly Yours,” saying, “Basta si Ma’am (Sharon Cuneta) at Star Cinema, go tayo diyan.”

In an intimate meetup with the Cebu entertainment press, the Philippines original “Bad Boy” shared his excitement that almost 16 years since their last film, their onscreen tandem is back armed with a good and heartfelt project.

“Kailangan kasi na maintindihan ko ang adbokasiya ng pelikula. Sa akin kasi ang pelikula ay dapat na may message kaya masyado akong excited sa pelikulang ito dahil panahon na siguro na ‘yung empowerment ng mga babae ay mararamdaman at ma-realize,” the actor said. An important message the film, which is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, wants to send to its viewers is the beauty of second chances.

“Ang lahat ng tao deserve a second chance, na huwag kang mabubuhay sa kalungkutan na gusto mo na lang magtayo ng mansion sa kalungkutan. Na dapat mong lumabas dun dahil baka kasi ikaw ang nag-si-set ng standard at iba ‘yung dumating sa iyo na unexpectedly yours,” he said. Padilla said the project was too good to pass up that he didn’t mind being the replacement of Gabby Concepcion, adding that tweaks in the story were in done to suit to his character.

“Dapat lang dahil hindi naman ako makapapayag dahil magkaiba kami. May changes sa character at kahit na labag na labag ko gawin ang pelikulang ito, nag enjoy naman ako dahil kasama ko dito ang mga kaibigan ko,” he said.

“At napakagaling ni Direk Cathy Garcia Molina para siyang reincarnation ng dating director na si Eddie Rodriguez para sa panahong ito, ‘yan ang tingin ko sa kanya. At alam naman natin na gwapo si Gabby pero mas macho naman ako dun,” Padilla added.

It’s been 16 years since their last project, what was it like on the set?  “Ako excited dahil iba na ‘yung mga topics na pinag-uusapan namin.

Bad trip nga si Ma’am dahil ang unang tinanong sa akin ay, kumusta na yung apo mo? Sa dami ba naman ng itatanong mo sa akin yun lang ang itatanong mo kung nagkikita na ba kami ng apo ko?

So ganun na ang klaseng usapan, di tulad ng dati na mga walang sense,” Padilla said. “Yung first day namin, tawanan lang kami nang tawanan. Kasi sa akin dapat masaya ka sa trabaho dahil pag hindi ka na masaya ay huwag na lang.

Nung dati iba yung acting namin kesa sa ngayon na nandun na sa stage of maturity. Magaan lang ‘yung pelikula, it’s more realistic.”

Their differing political alliances also made things on the set more interesting. “Siyempre dilaw siya, Rody Duterte naman ako. Marami kaming napag-uusapan katulad ng mga kabataan,” Padilla said.

The actor had nothing but praise for their young co-stars, Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto. “Bait na bait kami sa dalawang bagets, sina Joshua at Julia. Dahil kung makikinig ka lang o magbabasa sa mga sinasabi ng ibang mga tao masasabi mo na ang mga batang iyan ay naglalakihan na ang mga ulo.

Pero hindi eh, napakabait nila. Nagulat nga ako dahil dapat silang pamarisan lalo na si Joshua. Kasi nakaugalian ko na kasi na makipag kwentuhan sa mga crew at nakita ko na nakiki-pagkwentuhan na rin siya so sabi ko na mabait tong batang to.”

Asked if fans will see a kissing scene between him and Cuneta, Padilla quipped, “Ay, hindi ako papayag na wala.”  Grateful for the opportunity of doing “Unexpectedly Yours,” the actor said he is now set to continue doing his passion projects.

“After nito then itutuloy ko muna ‘yung ‘Del Pilar’ at tsaka ‘yung ‘Bad Boy 3.’ Nakapag shooting na kami ng ‘Bad Boy 3’ bago ito na stop dahil mahal na mahal ko lang talaga si Malou Santos at Ma’am Charo (Santos-Concio) para gawin ito. Siguro pagkatapos gusto ko na din balikan yung adbokasiya ko na buhayin ‘yung Filipino heroism at federalism,” he said.

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