- Binash ni direk Mike de Leon ang main star ng pelikula niyang “Citizen Jake” na si Atom Araullo
- Nagsalita na ukol dito si Atom
- Inakusahan ni Atom si Mike ng pagiging toxic sa kaniya pati sa ibang crew ng pelikula
Nagulantang ang publiko ng biglaang i-bash ni direk Mike de Leon ang main star ng kaniyang comeback movie “Citizen Jake” na si Atom Araullo.
Nalaman ng KAMI na binasag na ni Atom ang kaniyang katahimikan ukol dito.
Ayon sa Facebook post ni Atom, hindi siya kaagad nagsalita ukol sa kontrobersya para hindi siya maakusahang gumagawa ng gimik para kumita ang pelikula.
“I chose to keep quiet while the movie was still in cinemas because I didn’t want to distract from the film, or be accused of cheap gimmickry to promote it. Besides, I figured that those who really mattered know me well and would not be swayed by what they hear in the rumor mill.
“Nevertheless, I feel like I owe it to the supporters of the movie, many of whom are asking, to set the record straight. I intend for this to be the first and last time I write on the matter.”
Ikwinento rin niya na si direk Mike ang nag-approach sa kaniya na gumanap sa character ni Jake.
“I was approached to be part of Citizen Jake around September of 2016. Early on, without a script or a clear story, director Mike de Leon wanted me to play the lead in the film. It was a surprise. Mike had no basis to determine whether I could act or not, much less carry an entire film (with what would turn out to be a challenging role). Naturally, my first questions were: Why me? What movie are we crafting to justify my participation as an actor? Mike was adamant that he wanted a journalist and non-actor to play the character because of his unique vision for Citizen Jake. I believed in the director, and like others who admire his work, I wanted to see him make another film after some 17 years of retirement at the time. So, I said yes.”
Pinabulaanan din niya ang akusasyon ni Mike na hindi raw ide-defend ni Atom ang pelikula nila.
“Do I stand by the film? Of course I do. Will I defend it? That goes without saying. While it has its weaknesses and limitations, I am immensely proud to be part of Citizen Jake. Meanwhile, and I fear I’m stating the obvious, Jake Herrera is not Atom Araullo. Although there are similarities, we don’t necessarily share the same politics. The film is told through the point of view of the privileged elite and can be seen by some as cynical or nihilistic. Maybe it is. It does not presume to answer any questions about our predicament as a nation. But, for me, that doesn’t make the story of Jake less interesting or worthy of attention.”
At narito na ang mga komento niya ukol sa ugali ng director:
“Mike made deliberately hurtful remarks about my journalism, which, ironically, has nothing to do with my participation in the film. All I can say is that I have never made any claims about the quality of my output or my stature in the media industry. To do so would be futile and obscene. I just aim to do my best like everyone else, always acknowledging that one continues to learn and improve everyday. I’ll leave it to the public to appraise the value of my work, accumulated over a decade of being a journalist.
“Despite everything, I do not wish to besmirch Mike’s reputation the way he did mine. However, I think it is important to explain that while many were shocked by his recent tirade, I was not. It was only the latest in a string of unprovoked, irrational, almost random tantrums that I had to endure during the making of this film, determined as I was to see it through. It had a profound effect on me, and to be honest, made it that much harder to perform my duties in the movie. Almost everyone who at one point worked on Citizen Jake knows this, and his voluminous texts and emails will bear it out. When others found themselves in Mike’s crosshairs, I tried to be there to lend a sympathetic ear. Perhaps his woeful behavior continues because he is never held accountable. Mike is a deeply troubled person. The kindest thing I can say about him is that he needs help, patience, and understanding as he wrestles with his personal demons. But while he has certainly tested the limits of my endurance, I can rest easy knowing that I worked hard, behaved professionally, and did all to the best of my abilities at the time the film was made.”
Sinimulang ipalabas ang Citizen Jake noong May 23, 2018.
Kasama ni Atom Araullo sa cast sila Cherrie Gil, Lou Veloso, Max Collins at Gabby Eigenmann.
Naging critically-acclaimed ang pelikulang ito ni Atom.
Hiling ng KAMI na sana ay magkaayos pa sila Atom Araullo at Mike de Leon!
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