Director Cathy Garcia-Molina reveals she felt pressured to make the new Toni Gonzaga-John Lloyd Cruz team-up work.
Currently wrapping up work on Star Cinema'rsquo;s latest romantic-comedy My Amnesia Girl, director Cathy Garcia-Molina talked about presenting the newest onscreen tandem of Toni Gonzaga and John Lloyd Cruz. "I'rsquo;m excited again kasi we have a new tandem na ipapakita, kumbaga i-sho-showcase. Susubukan ang tandem ng Toni and John Lloyd. When I was first telling this to people, the reaction was, 'lsquo;Meron bang [chemistry] yung dalawa direk?'rsquo; and I said, 'lsquo;I really didn'rsquo;t know.'rsquo; I wouldn'rsquo;t know until makasama ko sila and siyempre nung una silang magkasama, tinatantsa ko rin just how I was sa iba kong pelikula na bago ang tandem like yung Sarah (Geronimo)-John Lloyd, Toni-Sam (Milby), and yung Toni-Vhong (Navarro) before, basta ganun. So amazingly, meron," she said.
Direk Cathy explained this is mostly because of the working attitude and proven talent of her two lead stars. "Si Toni kasi, receptive na tao. Yung kung anong ibigay mo, tatanggapin niya. John Lloyd on the other hand, ganun din. At kung ano ang ibinigay, dahil tinatanggap nung babae, parang nagko-complement. Ang cute kasi nila together. Alam naman nating lahat na si Toni ay magaling sa comedy. She has proven herself. Si John Lloyd naman, sa Close To You, I think dun ko nakita yung kapasidad ni John Lloyd na makapagpatawa, or at least maging light," she added.
The noted director admitted she was also a bit anxious about how receptive the public would be towards the on-screen chemistry of the film'rsquo;s two lead stars. "Siyempre kasama ang kaba ko, kasi minsan okay naman sa akin pero I cannot please everybody so minsan ang importante sa akin is kung ano yung nakikita ng ibang tao. So when the teaser came out, sobra yung nginig ko kung merong [chemistry]. Happy naman kami na meron naman daw. So happy naman kaming tatlo nila Toni at John Lloyd," she said.
After directing box-office hits like One More Chance and You Changed My Life, Direk Cathy said there will always be the pressure to meet people'rsquo;s expectations with every film. "Hindi kasi mawawala yun, whether I am doing a movie with an old tandem like Bea (Alonzo) and John Lloyd, ang mahirap naman dun is paano naman pagagandahin this time or mas ipapatanggap ang tandem that has been tested already 'lsquo;di ba? Parang sa One More Chance, when I did that, ang reaction ng tao, 'lsquo;Sila na naman?'rsquo; 'lsquo;Pag nagbigay ka ng bago, tatanungin naman nila kung, 'lsquo;Meron ba yan?'rsquo; So lagi namang skeptical eh sa bawat ibibigay namin. So challenge na lang na every time, whether lumang tandem or bagong tandem, basta ang sa amin, bottom line, let'rsquo;s give them a good