Erich Gonzales' new film "We Will Not Die Tonight" may have transformed her into a full-fledged action star, but it also gave her the chance to wear the Producer's hat, and it sure seems like she's not taking it off anytime soon.
And here's the catch: the actress, who put up millions of her own money alongside director Richard Somes and a few investors to make the action flick possible, told reporters at the film's recent press conference that she's not interested in sitting on her laurels. Erich is planning a major expansion of skills in the coming years.
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She revealed, "It's a new experience, 'yung pagpo-produce din. Gusto ko ma-experience 'yung paano talaga 'yung paggawa ng isang film, at involved po tayo sa lahat ng mga decision. Like after noong filming, andoon na sa editing, sa sound, sa lahat."
"After po siguro nito 'pag nagkaroon na ng time balak ko rin po mag-aral ng film abroad at baka mag-start na rin pong magsulat ng story or concept. So slowly, we'll get there po. Gusto ko maging all-around. [As for directing,] hindi po natin sinasara [ang doors]. Why not po?"
But just because she wants to be a producer again, doesn't mean it was a breeze the first time around. She explained, "Bukod sa costing, 'pagkatapos kasi [mag-film] doon talaga magsisimula 'yung stress kasi hindi naman po kami funded ng isang big film outfit, kami-kami lang 'to, kaya tulong-tulong kami dito."
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However, Erich was quick to clarify that the end product was worth all the stress. She said, "Ibang klase 'yung fulfillment 'pag napanood mo na 'yung pelikula. Nakaka-proud lang talaga, while doing it wala talagang nagrereklamo. Iba 'yung energy 'pag lahat ng katrabaho mo pareho kayo ng goal, walang pa-star, walang arte. We just wanted na makapagbigay ng isang magandang story at mabigay ang lahat sa 'We Will Not Die Tonight.'"
Of course, every new venture is a risk. The ever fearless Erich, who is fully aware that producing a film isn't always an investment that pays off, said that she's not after the money, but the experience. And if the opportunity presents itself once again, she'll grab it with both hands.
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She enthused, "Hindi namin ginawa 'to ni Direk para kumita. I wanted to do something I've never done before, gusto kong mahirapan, gusto ko ng kakaiba. Hindi ako nagdalawang-isip na [mag-pitch in]."
"Kahit hindi na po ako 'yung artista, basta may story na maganda at kakaiba, pwede po nating i-produce 'yan."
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In “We Will Not Die Tonight”, Erich plays Kray, a stuntwoman, an aspiring actress, and all around racketeer who can’t seem to have a break—in her career and in life. Like anybody who lives from hand to mouth every single day, Kray’s only option is to remain relentless in aspiring to hit the "jackpot" someday. But a botched deal gone into a total haywire will challenge her principles and skill set. It’s a matter of survival, and not a question of morals anymore.
“We Will Not Die Tonight” is an official entry to the second annual Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP). It is now showing in cinemas nationwide.
Watch the trailer here:
Erich starred in 2018's "The Significant Other", 2014's "Once a Princess", 2012's "Suddenly It's Magic" and "Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang". She has also done impressive television work in 2014's "Two Wives," 2016's "Be My Lady" and 2018's "The Blood Sisters".
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