- Actor Marlon Hofer posted an open letter to Direk Carlo J Caparas on Facebook
- The Cebuano actor aired his dissatisfaction with the way Caparas' production staff treated the local extras
- A few days later, the director issued an apology to all the Cebuano talents
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A Cebuano actor took to Facebook to call the attention of Direk Carlo J Caparas on how his production staff treated Cebuano talents on the set of Jaqueline Comes Home.
The film about the 1997 kidnapping and murder of the Chiong sisters is shooting in Cebu and hired local actors for bit roles.
In a Facebook post on May 2, Marlon Hofer revealed several problems and issues on set, particularly for the Cebuano extras.
"Direk Carlo, I am taking the cudgels for all the 'extra' like me who invested our time, talent and treasure to Audition and go thru the process of selection for us to be part of your film. Most of us, if not All, were accepted and promised 'special roles'. But to our dismay your Talent Coordinator or whoever is in charge with handling this department bungled in his/her function and turned our dream into a nightmare," wrote Hofer on his Facebook post.
Hofer alleged that communication was terrible and the extras were not informed properly about their roles.
"We were asked to report on the set as early as 3:AM or 6:AM but no caretaker is in charge of facilitating our need to be informed and updated. The channel of communication is terribly chaotic. Most talents don’t even know their role and if they do, they were instantly replaced without just or prior notice."
Hofer added that food and water was not enough for everyone on set. He also alleged that the extras didn't have a decent holding area or transportation service for location transfers.
Some were even made to wait for more than 24 hours, only to be sent home without being asked to go on camera.
"We were patient in waiting for our turns and worked overtime (3:AM call time to 5:AM packup the following day) unfortunately many were sent home because as the Talent Coordinator advised, we were wrongly or mistakenly texted to report on the set.. what makes it worse, a measly 500 was all we got paid for all the days hardwork," said Hofer.
The Cebuano actor added that they want a public apology and better production environment.
He wrote: "The talents are ready to share their not so happy story about our experience with your production team Direk Carlo. We request for a public apology from the responsible people in charge, because no one seems to take responsibility and they keep justifying their faults and misgivings: 'Mga tao lang kami ni Direk Peach and Carlo Caparas at sya ang may hawak ng desisyon, sya ang dapat nyo kausapin' to qoute Ms.A. Let me reiterate that our goal here is not to divide but to unite talents and Production people so that we can formulate order and fair practice beneficial to all parties so that our Cebuano industry can thrive and progress. We need the cooperation of everyone."
The film Jaqueline Comes Home is directed by Peach Caparas, the daughter of Carlo J Caparas.
Carlo is the producer of the movie.
Two days after, Hofer posted an update on Facebook.
He quoted Direk Carlo, who issued an apology to all Cebuano talents: "Pasensya na, gagawan natin ng paraan na mapabuti at mapasaya ang mga Cebuano talents dahil pag pinasaya natin ang isang tao pinasaya na din natin ang mundo."
According to SunStar Cebu, the whole movie will be shot in Cebu.
The film is under Viva Films. It stars Alma Moreno, Joel Torre, Ryan Eigenmann, and AJ Muhlach.
Hofer plays a priest in the movie.
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