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Zanjoe, Rhian tackle a 'taboo' love topic in 'Fallback'

How did Direk JP Laxamana choose the pairing of Zanjoe and Rhian?

Doreen Penilla
Doreen Penilla

11/8/2017 in News
Zanjoe, Rhian tackle a 'taboo' love topic in 'Fallback'

Zanjoe Marudo and Rhian Ramos are the lead stars of the light romance-comedy flick, "Fallback." It's the first time these two prime celebrities are working together, and we want to know how they were picked for their relatable roles in this movie.


During the "Fallback" Bloggers Conference yesterday, November 7, its director Jason Paul Laxamana shared that he never really relied on established love teams for any of his films.


"Kung titingnan niyo 'yung past works ko, hindi ako nag-rely sa mga tried and tested love teams 'di ba? Nag-Kiray Celis and Derek Ramsey ako [in 'Love is Blind'], nag-Pokwang and Bret Jackson [in 'Mercury is Mine']. I don't really believe in chemistry, I believe in good acting. As long as 'yung male and female actors ko magaling sila umarte, I believe they can pull off the chemistry."


Direk JP added that he tries to experiment with actors who are never paired yet.


"Mas nacha-challenge ako sa ganun kesa sa tried and tested na love team."


Another thing we're excited about is how the movie will handle the sensitive romance topic of having a fallback lover.


Direk JP said, "I don't think na-tackle na 'yung ganitong topic sa relationships sa Philippine cinema. Parang it's a taboo topic. 'Yung guys and girls, kahit meron silang fallback, they rarely talk about it. I think on that pace, it's an interesting watch."


"Fallback" is about a girl named Michelle (Rhian Ramos) who is afraid to get hurt. She then finds herself a fallback guy in the person of her ex-boyfriend (Zanjoe Marudo) - while she is still in a relationship with Chris (Daniel Matsunaga). Can Michelle really save herself from the pain?


"Fallback" is produced by Cineko and distributed by Star Cinema. It opens in cinemas this November 15.