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EXCLUSIVE: Richard Somes on directing Erich Gonzales’s first action film: ‘She did 100% of her stunts’

Richard Somes talks about Erich Gonzales’s role as a stuntwoman in the movie.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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4/28/2018 11:54 AM
EXCLUSIVE: Richard Somes on directing Erich Gonzales’s first action film: ‘She did 100% of her stunts’


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Currently working on an action suspense thriller movie called We Will Not Die Tonight, director Richard Somes said it is a real passion project for him after partnering with Erich Gonzales who is also producing the film. “Sinulat ko lang yun dahil I just felt na the last two years was kind of a strange and dark time sa Manila di ba? Grabe yung violence. So sabi ko gagawa ako ng ganung story na parang it’s my commentary on violence. So I wrote the script for two weeks. Suwerte Erich called up and said, ‘Direk, I’m free now. Do you have any script for me?’ Sabi ko, ‘I have a script for you. Try to read this.’ After three days she called me back said, ‘I want to do it,’” he revealed.

The talented director also shared why he loves working with the Kapamilya actress.

“I think isa yun sa mga sobrang naging special na project din sa akin dahil si Erich naman is very close to me since we’ve been working together na ng matagal. Pero ang kagandahan nun, yung excitement namin sa work pag kami ang mag-partner, the energy is still there and siyempre pag you respect each other na ang dali na ng process ng ginagawa. Anything na puwede ipagawa sa kanya gagawin niya and anything din na meron din siyang say about sa isang particular na scene or whatsoever, nag-ko-collaborate kami. So isa yun sa pinaka-naging exciting din na project ko. Super proud ako dun dahil it’s my comeback film with Erich and I wrote it,” he shared.

Aside from shooting the exciting action sequences, direk Richard also showed off Erich’s gritty side in the film. “Erich is doing her ultra kick ass femme fatale character dito. She’s a stuntwoman here. It’s my homage sa mga stuntmen sa Pilipinas. So this is very local. She’s just a stuntwoman who stumbled upon some trouble and then nag-chaos na.

“Ever since naman si Erich astig yan. Tahimik lang yan kasi pero pag gusto niyang gawin gagawin niya. She did 100% of her stunts. Ang isa sa mga stunts niya na madugo was this one long take of her fighting three guys from the first to the third floor of a building takbo lang siya ng takbo na binubugbog lang siya. So imagine that in just one whole take ginawa niya yun. And she was coming from another film at that time so nag-la-lagare siya. Pero saludo ako sa dedication niya. Pero during that time, I needed to take a closer look at her kasi baka mag-crash bigla or whatever pero nakayanan naman niya. So I’ve always believed in her. I’ve always saw that she is a one-of-a-kind actress that is so dedicated. She is a brilliant actress,” he said.