After wrapping up shooting for his new BL series Ben X Jim, director Easy Ferrer said he did not have a hard time casting his lead stars especially Jerome Ponce whom he had already worked with in his past movies like Finding You and Ang Henerasyong Sumuko Sa Love.
“What I like about him is that he’s very reliable and he’s very collaborative. Lagi ko naman siyang choice talaga. So kung ano yung instruction ko, pag-uusapan namin yun. He would say, ‘O sige kaya ko yan gawin, is this how you want this?’ Gusto ko yung nag-sus-suggest siya kung ano ang gagawin. Ang pinakagusto ko sa kanya, lagi akong nagugulat pag meron siyang binibigay pag nag-scream na ako ng ‘Action!’ May binibigay na siya na hindi ko ini-expect na gawin na mas nakakakilig pa or mas maganda pa sa pinag-usapan namin,” he shares during the Ben X Jim virtual press con held last October 12.
The talented director also shared what kind of presence he wanted Jerome to exude onscreen. “So ang instruction ko lang naman is, ‘Jerome, pakiligin natin si Teejay kasi ang kakapitan na character ng market na ito ay si Teejay na kailangan maging aspirational ka in someone that the people will have a crush on, that they will look up to.’ So sabi ko kailangan dito aspirational ka, alpha ka, kailangan ibigay natin yung hinahanap ng audience for a crush. Gusto ko talaga kiligin yung audience. Parang vicariously they’re living that life by having this crush on someone na hindi nila maabot and then finally maaabot nila. Or parang, they’ve been waiting for a crush and finally he comes back and now we have a chance. Ma-surpresa siya. He surprised me whenever we’re doing the scene. Pag shinoot ko na iba na yung lumalabas, maganda na, mas nakakakilig na. Mas nakakalimutan na namin si Jerome, si Jim na talaga siya. Parang he jumped out of the script, parang ganun,” he explained.
When it comes to his other lead star, direk Easy said he was impressed with the dedication of Teejay Marquez when it came to transforming into his character Ben. “Teejay is actually very dedicated. For that seven shooting days that we had, he gave up his person. Parang he became Ben until the last two days parang sinsabi ko na sa kanya, ‘O ipagpagag mo na yung Ben kasi yung character parang mala-Teejay na ‘to’ para makalimutan na niya. Ganun siya ka-dedicated dun sa role. Ganun niya pinag-aralan yung role,” he added.
Ben X Jim is directed by Easy Ferrer and presented by Regal Entertainment, Inc. on the Regal Entertainment Channel on YouTube.