‘Imagine You and Me’ director reveals interesting trivia about the film

By Apple Ta-as |July 25,2016 - 10:24 AM
Director  Mike Tuviera (fourth from left) with cast of “Imagine You and Me” (from left): Cai Cortez, Kakai Bautista, Alden Richards, and Jasmine Curtis-Smith during the press con in Manila. (Michael Tuviera’s facebook account)

Director Mike Tuviera (fourth from left) with cast of “Imagine You and Me” (from left): Cai Cortez, Kakai Bautista, Alden Richards, and Jasmine Curtis-Smith during the press con in Manila. (Michael Tuviera’s facebook account)

ON ITS second week, “Imagine You and Me,” the first solo movie of the phenomenal love team of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza otherwise known as AlDub, continues to draw in crowds in various cinemas not only in the Philippines but in other countries as well. To celebrate the film’s huge success, director Michael Tuviera recently posted a series of tweets revealing certain trivia about the movie, especially during the filming in Como, Italy.

In his first tweet, Tuviera gave a trivia on the character of the hopeless romantic Gara played by Maine.

“Gara was the name given by one of the writers, Renato Custodio. Concept pa lang. Short for Graciana,” he tweeted last July 20.

The director also revealed that during their shoot in Italy, one of the cast members, Jasmine Curtis-Smith who plays Isay in the film, was feeling under the weather the entire time, which was appropriate for her role.

“Jasmine Curtis-Smith was sick throughout the whole shoot in Italy. We barely used any makeup! Yan ang method acting! Haha!” tweeted the director.

He also quoted one of his most favorite lines from the movie, which was from Alden’s character, Andrew: “Don’t break my heart like this. Binuo mo na ako,” said Andrew in one of the film’s tear-jerking moments. The director added that the scene was Alden’s “finest moment in the shoot.”

“Meant to much to us personally,” he added.

Michael also said that since the OFWs are a vital part in the success of the AlDub and KS (Kalyeserye) phenomenon, it was “a very conscious effort” on their part to honor them.

The director also recognized the contribution of Eat Bulaga’s creative head, Jenny Ferre who is one of the persons responsible for the success of both AlDub and Kalyerserye.

“I used benches through the film as an homage to Ms. Jenny Ferre, the creator of Kalyeserye. She has a fascinating love of benches,” he said.

Michael also revealed that they were able to shoot two versions of the daydream duet dubsmash of Maine and Alden.

Aside from the song “Magkabilang Mundo,” which viewers will see in the film, the two lead stars also shot a scene where they are dubsmashing to Charlie Puth’s “One Call Away.”

“We still have the footage, but we couldn’t get the clearance in time,” he explained, prompting AlDub fans to respond by saying that the scene should be included in the film’s director’s cut on DVD.

As of July 17, “Imagine You and Me” has already earned P120 million. Its opening gross was estimated at P21.5 million, with fans packing most theaters in the country for block screenings and regular screenings.

Currently, the film is now being screened internationally in select cinemas in Milan and Rome in Italy; London, England; and New Zealand. It is also scheduled to be screened in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California; Nevada, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Australia; Canada; Hong Kong; Guam; Singapore; and United Arab Emirates.

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