Cuddle Weather lead actress Sue Ramirez can't help but be emotional while airing her sentiments about the supposed toxic culture of some Filipino audiences who only support movies with popular celebrities.
During her interview on The Bottomline last Saturday, Sue said this issue has become unfair to a lot of actors and filmmakers in the industry.
"Ako medyo nagiging emosyonal ako, Tito Boy, doon sa fact na ang tinitingnan pala ng mga kabataan ngayon ay kung gaano kasikat ang artista na bumibida sa isang pelikula. Masakit siya for us, kasi not everyone is as big as everyone, and I just feel like they're not giving other people the chances that they deserve," Sue said while pointing out the hard work of every staff and actor just to make a film.
"I think it is unfair for me, that majority of people in this country actually look at who is on the screen rather than what and what can you get from the movie that you're going to watch. It hurts," Sue added.
FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines) chair Liza Diño-Seguerra, who also led the Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino film festivals, also shed tears with the actress about the issue.
When asked about the perspective of a film director, Cuddle Weather director Rod Marmol said that the issue could be coming from the fact that the films are expensive.
"Feeling ko dahil mahal ang pelikula. Parang kunyari kung may isang chance ka lang magbenta ng putahe, at alam mong ang 'ingredient' na 'to ang pinakamabenta, uulit-ulitin mong gagamitin 'yan e. Yun ang nangyayari sa pelikula na 'yon. Since they know that they can only produce one two or three films a year, ang gagamitin nila ay yung one, two, three actresses and actors na nakagawa na ng films na bumenta."
"Pero kung mas afford ng mga tao ang mag-experiment sa iba't ibang klase ng pelikula, the producers will do the same thing; mag-eexperiment [din] sila ng iba't-ibang actors and actresses," Direk Rod explained.
Before Boy Abunda ended the segment, the host also left a few words to continue Direk Rod's explanation.
"And this is a celebrity business. This is a fame business. Finding a balance, will always be a challenge," he said.
Watch the interview here:
During the same The Bottomline episode, Sue also shared how proud she is for her movie, Cuddle Weather.
"I'm proud of this movie, because this has made me proud of myself. Because I took on a challenge I never thought that I would. It opened my mind in so many things, binuksan nito ang isip ko with judgment against other people. You don't know about these people, so why you look at them with a perception na sobrang hindi mo pinag-isipan man lang."
"Hindi lang 'to pokpokan guys. Maniwala kayo sa akin. Kasi ako mismo, I experienced change in myself," she said. Sue plays the role of Adela, a veteran sex worker who will teach a newbie escort Ram, played by RK Bagatsing in the movie.
Cuddle Weather is one of the 10 film entries to this year's Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino, which will commence on September 13.