Vilma Santos shared her experience working with extras

Vilma Santos reveals stories of the bit players she worked with for 'Ekstra.'

BY KRISTHOFF CAGAPE

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8/13/2013 10:05 AM
Vilma Santos shared her experience working with extras


081313-vilma_main.jpgHaving to star in numerous movies throughout her career, Vilma Santos relayed that she has personally witnessed how tough the lives of the ektras are. “At some experience, hindi na ako magsasabi ng production’, ‘yung mga ekstra pagdumarating ka sa set, totoo ‘yung mga scenes na hindi alam saan sila ilalagay kasi darating ako, kunwari ang shooting disco, darating ka, alam mo kung saan sila? Nakaupo lang sa bangketa, doon na sila nagma-makeup, ang tanong ko, o bakit nandito pa sila? Ang sabi, ‘Di pa po sila pinapasok kasi wala pa po kaming artista’,” Vilma revealed.

Unlike the bit players, she said that regular actors are treated far differently. “Kasi kaming mga artista spoiled kami eh, alam mo ‘yung ang taas-taas na ng bayad namin, tapos pangalawa pagdating mo sa set, ang trato pa ng industry sa iyo iba, may tent ka, tapos nong araw walang tent pa nga eh but they make sure na meron kang kwarto mo, may aircon, tapos tatanungin ka anong gusto mong kainin at ipapabili ‘yung pagkain for you,” she said.

She remarked that it’s disheartening to have witnessed that even during the late hours of shooting, the ektras she have worked with before weren’t receiving enough to fuel them up for work.

Tapos kaming mga artista pagpuyat na, pag 12-hour work o kaya mahaba-haba pa, kami kaagad may Lipovitan (energy drink), papabili kaagad ng taho. Ang mga ekstra tinitingnan ko ‘yung pagkain nila, puyatan yun ah, pagod ah, isang ganitong kaliit na pandesal lang, tapos kape tapos itlog lang. Mahigit labing-dalawang oras kang nagtratrabaho tapos ang scene mabigat kasi lahat gumagalaw,” she divulged.

Governor Vi said she tries to extend a hand to the bit players she worked with. She remarked that she truly respects them. “Whether we like it or not, ganon talaga ang buhay ng ekstra. I won’t say anything, but in my own little ways meron din akong ginagawa [for them] but I rather not talk about it kasi hindi magandang pag-usapan pa pero alam ko deep in me na sa mga nakakasama ko sa pelikula ko, palagay ko alam nila ‘yun. Hindi ko man kayang ibigay lahat ng importansya for them at pangangailangan nila pero alam nila na sila’y nirerespeto ko pag nasa set ako bilang bida ng pelikula,” she said.