During the teaser trailer launch of the movie Culion, the press were in a frenzy after unexpectedly seeing John Lloyd Cruz make an appearance at the latter part of the trailer. The day after the launch, the actor clarified his involvement in the film which was just a cameo.
Culion star and producer Iza Calzado says there was nothing harmful about Lloydy’s statement.
“I don’t think he was upset. I don’t think so. I think he knew about it. It’s just that was his request, na not to make him the center of the promo. Which he wasn’t. I think he said it matter-of-factly. These are words and they can always be misconstrued. I don’t know how he said it but I understand where he’s coming from and I respect him always naman,” she shared during the Hope In A Star website launch held last October 10 in Makati city.
Iza clarified that even during the launch, it was made clear that he would only be seen in one pivotal scene.
“It is a cameo. Even on that very evening (when the trailer was launched). Producer Shandi (Bacolod) said it, it’s a cameo. As a matter of fact, it’s one scene. But it’s a very important scene for Meryll (Soriano’s) character. Actually feeling ko nga baka yun yung pinaka nakakiyak na moment eh. Ang sakit kasi nung moment na yun eh. Kasi sa lahat ng characters parang kay Meryll yung masakit talaga eh. Memories are painful,” she explained.
The Hope In A Star celebrity also shared that all the male counterparts of the female leads including herself, had to be shown in the trailer.
“I didn’t watch the trailer also until I saw it at the launch. So I guess putting him at the end of it was indeed a bit of a making him a hgihlight. But you know what, even if you put him sa gitna nun, same. And how can you not put him? It’s John Lloyd. And actually he’s the male figure in Meryll Soriano’s character. I have Joem (Bascon), Jasmine Curtis has Mike Liwag who are both shown in the trailer. So we can’t leave Meryll’s male character, whatever he is in her life, out of the equation,” she said.
With Culion still hoping to secure a slot in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, Iza stated having Lloydy onboard would always elicit the same reaction from the local press, no matter how big or small his part was going to be.
“I think media is just really excited to see him as well. The same way we were excited. I’m always excited to see him. Like to see him on the set. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a scene with him,” she added.