Paulo Avelino has an idea how MMFF could elevate its purpose in the film industry
Paulo Avelino also reacts to those who took Lea Salonga’s comments about him negatively.
While others saw the good in Tony award-winning singer-actress Lea Salonga’s post about Paulo Avelino, there were those who thought that she was being high and mighty about pointing out the actor’s “flaw.”
An overwhelmed Paulo, for his part, via a post on his social media account reacted to Lea’s compliment about his performance in the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival musical entry Ang Larawan.
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This time though, Paulo addressed the netizens who were “offended” by Lea’s comment.
“Let’s be honest hindi naman talaga ako singer simula’t sapul. Everyone knows that, even the people who cast me in Ang Larawan knows that,” he said in an interview at the press conference of his upcoming soap Asintado.
“Pero I tried to do it as I probably wanted it. And ang panget rin naman kung sobrang linis lahat sa pelikula,” he added.
Paulo breathed life to the opportunistic tenant Tony Javier in the multi-awarded big screen adaptation of Nick Joaquin’s stage play.
Meanwhile, as their film reaped praises and awards at the MMFF, comments of the Loy Arcenas opus being a “quality” film also surfaced.
“Pero akin kasi, since MMFF naman yun at malaki ang pumapasok sa event na ito. Di ba it’s like any film festivals here in the Philippines. Parang ang Cinema One Originals nagbibigay sila ng pera pang-budget ng pelikula at ang liit pa ng returns nila and minsan wala pa nga eh,” he said.
The celebrated actor, for his part, had a suggestion on how MMFF can put their ample income to good use.
“So sana nagbabalik sila sa mga pelikula or panggawa ng pelikula or have a different festival na doon nila binibigay ang pera na kinikita panggawa ng pelikula,” he said. “Dahil MMFF is a film festival and bilang film festival nga eh dapat inaangat natin ang pelikulang Pilipino.”
After Ang Larawan, Paulo is set to star in the much-awaited historical biopic Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral which will come out in theaters late this year.