A real cultural reset occurred when two legends Vilma Santos and John Lloyd Cruz got together in one frame for an iconic confrontation scene.
It was for the 2009 blockbuster “In My Life”, where they both end up in a slapping match after a heartbreaking moment in the film.
Looking back on this experience for a vlog, the Star for All Seasons revealed how John Lloyd hesitated to do the scene.
“Nako, napakasarap din kasama nito,” shared the veteran actress. “Ang sweet naman ni Lloydy kasi hanggang nung nag-hibernate siya, may contact pa rin siya. Pinadalhan pa niya ako ng pagkain. Lloydy, thank you. You’re such a good actor. I don’t know kung saan mo hinuhugot.”
Talking more about the scene, she added, “Masakit din ‘yung sampal niya. Pero Diyos ko naman, Lloydy, ayaw mo akong sampalin noon. Grabe ka, inabot tayo ng alas-singko. [With] the great Inang Olivia M. Lamasan, we started ata two or three o’clock in the morning. Sinasabi sa ‘yo ni Inang, ‘Sampalin mo na si Vi.’ Ayaw niya talaga. Alam mo, bago nagawa ni Lloydy, alas-singko na ng umaga. Ayaw niya talaga ako sampalin. Bawat galaw niya, alam mo agad galing sa puso. Basta galing sa puso 'yung arte, you will never go wrong.”
Also in “In My Life” was her son Luis Manzano, who played as her child in the film as well. Vilma found this as a challenge that “drained” her.
She explained, “First time I learned si Lucky ang kukunin, ninerbiyos ako. Anak ko, eh. Makaka-eksena ko ‘yung anak ko, ni hindi ko nga ma-imagine paano ko siya titingnan sa mata na anak ko talaga. Nasa likod ako ng camera para ma-motivate ko siya, kahit close-up niya. Nung ako na ang kukunan ni Direk Olive, hala, hindi na ako makaarte. Wala ng luhang lumabas sa akin. Na-drain na ako.”
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