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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.

Jun 20, 2018

Jerald Napoles Says His First Lead Role In The Rom-Com 'The Write Moment' Is A Good Buena Mano As He's Now Doing Three New Movies No Less

JERALD NAPOLES never expected even in his wildest dreams that he will be given a leading man role. But in “The Write Moment”, he plays the role of the romantic lead no less to Valeen Montenegro, his co-star in the weekend comedy show, “Sunday PinaSaya”. “It really helped na matagal na rin kaming magkasama sa show at comfortable na kami, kaya nagkaroon kami agad ng rapport sa isa’t isa when we were shooting the movie,” says Jerald.

In “The Write Moment”, Jerald plays Dave, a professional wedding videographer who moonlights as a movie scriptwriter. Valeen is Joyce, his girlfriend, and he gets crushed when she suddenly breaks up with him without any clear reason. “It’s not you, it’s me,” she tells him and he can’t accept it.

Still in denial, he writes a movie script depicting an imaginary happy ending for the two of them. A strange turn then suddenly happens, he finds himself living out in real life the scenes from the script that he is writing. But he has to follow his script verbatim or it might turn out that they’re not just really meant for each other.

Those who are fond of hugot lines will enjoy the movie, especially those who have experienced
rejection from their loved ones. What’s nice is that this is mixed with plenty of hilarious scenes as it delves into the dark and wacky side of falling in love. If you’d seen the movie “Groundhog Day”, it’s something like that as Dave finds himself in an existential loop where he gets to write and rewrite the scenes with his inamorata until he gets things write, er, we mean right.

The movie is also reminiscent of “Kita Kita” where a plain looking hero is paired with a pretty girl. Jerald is amusingly funny and touching by turns and many guys who have suffered the same fate will able to relate to his Dave character who eventually embarks on a journey of self discovery.

“Sabi nga nila, being funny is the new pogi,” says Jerald who had a live in relationship with a sexy French model for two years, until the girl had to leave back for France and they cannot maintain their long distance relationship. “Pinasusunod niya ako, e sayang naman yung career ko rito na bago pa lang bumobongga.”

The movie is directed by Dominic Lim of IdeaFirst Company and was first shown as an entry in the QC FIlmfest. It is now being given by Viva Entertainment a nationwide theatrical release starting on June 27. “The Write Moment” is very important for Jerald as it opened doors for him. He is now in the cast of three new movies where he all plays the lead role.

First is “Nakalimutan Kong Kalimutan Ka” with Alex Gonzaga and Vin Abrenica, written and directed by Fifth Solomon of PBB and produced by Alwyn Uytingco. Then there’s “Ang Pangarap Kong Holdup” with Paolo Contis, directed by Marcus Talampas and “Mina Anod” with Dennis Trillo, directed by Kerwin Go. All his directors are first timers so it’s obvious that Jerald is a favorite of debuting directors.