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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

May 26, 2017

Direk Perci Intalan Says Sequel Of 'Die Beautiful' Is 'Born Beautiful', Also Praises Dominic Roco's Award-Winning Performance In 'Sleepless' As Very Relaxed, Natural

WE TELL IDEAFIRST Company’s Perci Intalan, producer of “Die Beautiful” to remind their star, Paolo Ballesteros, to be more discreet in exposing his boyfriend in public. For sure, this will just affect his career adversely after he gained full stardom winning awards for “Die Beautiful”, which is also a big box office hit. This might also affect the sequel they’re planning for the movie.

“Hindi na naman siya ang bida sa pinaplano naming sequel kasi namatay na yung character niya,” says Perci. “The sequel is entitled ‘Born Beautiful’, at si Christian Bables na as Barbs, ang best friend niya, ang siyang bida. Kaya lang, sobrang busy na ni Christian after ‘Die Beautiful’. He’s doing three movies, one shot in Biri Island with Chito Rono, tapos two movies for Star Cinema. Kasama siya sa ‘Ghost Bride’ ni Kim Chiu at dun sa bagong movie nina John Lloyd Cruz at Sarah Geronimo. So we’re concentrating muna ni Jun (Lana) sa Regal movie namin, ‘My Fairy Tail Love Story’ with Janella Salvador na proposed entry sa coming Metro-Manila Filmfest.”

They’re also busy with the coming release of the movie they produced for QCinema, “Sleepless”, which already has a cult following among local film aficionados. It stars Glaiza de Castro and Dominic Roco as two lonely insomniacs who spend their sleepless nights just conversing with each other. Dom won the QC Filmfest best actor award and the film won the NETPAC Special Jury Best Picture Prize. Did Dominic expect to win the best actor award for his role as a sad and loveless call center agent in “Sleepless”, considering he was then facing tough competition with Sid Lucero in “Apocalypse Child” and Junjun Quintana in “Water Lemon”.

“I was not expecting to win at all,” says Dom. “Ako nga ang unang gulat-gulat nang tawagin ang pangalan ko noong awards night, so I really don’t why I won.”

“I think what the judges appreciated in him is his very relaxed, effortless performance as Barry in ‘Sleepless’,” says Perci. “Natural lang kasi siya, hindi uma-acting at all.”

How was it working with Glaiza de Castro as Gem? “We’ve worked together before on TV so we’ve known each other for quite a time and we’re good friends,” says Dom. “Ang maganda sa ‘Sleepless’, hindi siya talaga romance but just almost a love story, pero makikita mo yung rapport between the two lead characters.”

On TV, Dom has just finished doing “Destined to Be Yours” with AlDub and is waiting for his next assignment with GMA-7. Meantime, he’s busy promoting “Sleepless” that also stars TJ Trinidad and Irma Adlawan. It will premiere on May 26 at various SM Cinemas. Don’t miss its special run until June 1.