- The historical-drama film 'Culion' became controversial after the release of its trailer with John Lloyd Cruz
- Shandii Bacolod, the movie's producer, admitted that the actor was used to gain more viewers for the film
- However, he clarified that he did respect John Lloyd's request and tried to communicate with him before releasing the teaser
Culion made it to the Magic 8 of the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019.
Even before the announcement of the 8 MMFF films, the historical-drama film already became controversial after the release of its trailer with John Lloyd Cruz.
The film's producer Shandii Bacolod finally addressed the issue about John Lloyd's complaint that he was used for the movie despite their agreement to not focus him in the film.
"Tama naman din po talaga na nagamit siya. Kasi once you’ve become an actor, you become part of the parang ano siya, eh, kumbaga an entity will have an exploitation rights with you, pag nakapasok ka sa picture."
Bacolod clarified that he did respect John Lloyd's request. He even turned down many interviews for him.
"Pero kailangan ko pong linawin na we always respected his request na huwag siyang i-focus sa promo kaya after po na nilabas yung teaser ang daming tumawag sa akin to do a sit down interview"
"I’ve always said na John Lloyd will not do an interview because he’s not part of the lead cast of Culion and he doesn’t have an obligation to promote our film"
The producer also said that he tried to reach out and communicate with John Lloyd. However, the Kapamilya actor was on vacation in the U.S. and did not want to be disturbed at that time.
"Actually, before po naming ilabas yung trailer nag-communicate po kami sa kanya kaya lang nalaman namin na he’s on a vacation, nasa Amerika siya. May rules kasi na kapag nasa bakasyon siya, ayaw niya na ginugulo siya so nag-respect kami don."
"I called Iza, I called Meryll, everyone involved sa kanya na, ‘Guys, I’m putting John Lloyd sa teaser, what do you think, baka magalit si John Lloyd?’ So we all decided na, okay let’s use it."
"At dahil nga MMFF is a business bukod pa sa pagso-showcase ng quality films, kumbaga, lahat ng bala mo, lahat ng alas mo ilabas mo na,” patuloy niyang paliwanag.
Previously, KAMI reported about Iza Calzado reaction to John Lloyd Cruz’s rant about being featured in ‘Culion’ trailer.
John Lloyd Cruz is a Filipino television and film actor. His career started with appearances in numerous teen-oriented movies and TV shows. He starred in the blockbuster hit "One More Chance" with Bea Alonzo in 2007.
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