With the film’s bravery and realistic take on fan girling, it’s safe to say that Paulo Avelino and Charlie Dizon have learned a lot while filming “Fan Girl.”
During the film’s bloggers conference last December 28, Charlie said the film gave her a clearer perspective of how fan girling is in real life.
“‘Yung mga fans, na-realize ko na may pinanggagalingan kung bakit ganoon sila ka-dedicated sa idol nila,” she said. “Dati kasi iniisip ko dahil lang ba na-charm sila ng idol nila? Bukod doon may core pa pala na pinanggagalingan, ano ba ‘yung society na kinalakihan nila.”
“Na-realize ko na kahit cruel ‘yung mundo, may choice ka na lumaban lalo sa mga kababaihan,” she added. Meanwhile, Paulo had a different kind of realization.
“Ang sarap pala tignan ng set na puro babae ang tao kasi babae lahat ng nasa set namin. Nakaka-proud na dominantly female ‘yung set namin and natapos ‘yung pelikula na ganoon pa rin,” he exclaimed.
When asked why he dedicated his Best Actor win to his son Aki, he said, “Dinedicate ko ‘yung award kay Aki kasi lahat naman ng ginagawa ko para sa mga taong minamahal ko. Hindi naman ako materialistic na tao, hindi naman mataas ‘yung pangarap ko para sa sarili ko, so itong mga taong ‘to ‘yung nagiging inspirasyon ko para magtrabaho. Kung wala sila, hindi naman siguro ako umaarte ngayon.”
Apart from the two stars' powerful acting, the film’s ending also had a huge impact in the conversation about the movie.
Director Antoinette Jadaone then tried to explain how they came up with the ending in the most spoiler-free way possible.
“Napagdebatihan namin [nina Dan Villegas, producers, and editors] 'yung magiging ending. Kasi before we agreed on the final version, we had a preview with our friends, with our filmmaker friends and dalawa yung naging reaction nila: it's either they think the film is defeatist or the film is hopeful. Do we want to make a film na defeatist or do we want to make a film na may call to action?” she shared.
Does it mean that we’ll see more of this kind of “political” films in the future projects of Direk Tonet?
“Meron akong mga sinusulat ngayon na mga script at pelikula pero I think sa'kin, hindi talaga siya nagsa-start na 'Ay gusto kong magtalakay ng isyung panlipunan.' Mas nag-uumpisa talaga siya sa kwento na gusto kong ikwento,” she said.
“Parang naturally dahil sa pagsusulat, lumalabas na lang 'yung mga issue kung saan naroon yung mga characters. Mas nagwo-work sa’kin kwento muna bago lalabas ang issues sa paligid,” she added.
“Fan Girl” is a collaboration between ABS-CBN Films' Black Sheep, Globe Studios, Project 8, Epicmedia, and Crossword Productions.
For those who still haven't seen the film, you can stream “Fan Girl” on-demand via Upstream now! Get your tickets here!
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