Sharon Cuneta stands up for Kris Aquino on ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ role
Sharon Cuneta has rushed to the defense of Kris Aquino against critics over her brief appearance in the rom-com “Crazy Rich Asians.”
Aquino was one of two Filipinos in the all-Asian cast. The other Filipino was Nico Santos, who played a supporting role as Oliver T’sien, a cousin of the protagonist Nick Young.
The Queen of All Media made an appearance as a Malay royalty during the elaborate wedding scene. Despite her short screen time, her presence makes an impact on a movie where Asian values of social status and family are at play.
Cuneta wrote on Instagram yesterday, Aug. 28, to lament critics’ comments at Aquino, noting that this reflected the negative Filipino trait of crab mentality.
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If you joined me at one of my IG Lives, remember how I talked about some people enjoying bringing others down? Sadly, it is very Pinoy to have what is known as “crab mentality;” you know – “Kundi ako ang successful sisiraan kita dahil sa inggit!” I said it didn’t sit well with me how some people were criticising Ms. Kris Aquino’s short appearance in “Crazy Rich Asians,” instead of celebrating that she WAS at all part of that Hollywood movie that has now hit #1 at the Box-Office. I thank all of you who left messages of encouragement for Kris as I requested. Guys, when one of us has the blessing of being chosen among hundreds to become part of a Hollywood movie – especially from a major studio and based on a best-selling book, WE SHOULD BE HAPPY. PROUD. It opens more doors in world cinema for Filipinos and other Asians, like Ms. Lea Salonga opened doors for many in Broadway. A short – but important – exposure in a film like this should’ve made us all root for Kris. Now, I know one thing that God in His faithfulness does: He brings you to a place with plans to bring you only FARTHER. Congratulations, Kris, Beej, QOAM! God bless you more. And thank you for making us dayuummm proud! #Repost @krisaquino with @get_repost ・・・ Please know your heartwarming comments & posts have made me feel immeasurable GRATITUDE… i thank you for the effort to watch @crazyrichasians, some of you going multiple times w/ family, officemates, best friends, school barkadas, and your boyfriends & husbands… the eyewitness accounts of spontaneous applause & cheering in movie theaters nationwide when my character made her entrance in Colin & Araminta’s wedding, and most significant for me- the PRIDE you, the moviegoers felt in being FILIPINO during my few minutes portraying Princess Intan in @crazyrichasians-this feeling of SOLIDARITY for the sake of our NATIONAL IDENTITY will forever inspire me to strive harder to promote & protect our values, dignity, and grace as a people…walking into the light, with sunbeams filtering in, i embraced the blessing because for that moment- I WAS YOU, and YOU WERE ME. #ilovethephilippines 🇵🇭 @krisaquino
“I said [during an Instagram Live session that] it didn’t sit well with me how some people were criticising Ms. Kris Aquino’s short appearance in ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ instead of celebrating that she WAS at all part of that Hollywood movie that has now hit #1 at the box office.”
“Guys, when one of us has the blessing of being chosen among hundreds to become part of a Hollywood movie — especially from a major studio and based on a best-selling book, we should be happy. Proud,” she urged.
“It opens more doors in world cinema for Filipinos and other Asians, like Ms. Lea Salonga opened doors for many in Broadway,” she explained. “A short — but important — exposure in a film like this should’ve made us all root for Kris.”
“Crazy Rich Asians” has stirred a whirlwind of support around the world. Besides making history as the second Hollywood movie to feature an Asian cast since “The Joy Luck Club,” it has also broken box office records.
In the Philippines, the film shattered the record for All-Time Biggest Opening Weekend for a Foreign Romantic Comedy, last held by “Maid in Manhattan” in 2002.
North American audiences brought in $34 million at its opening weekend, surpassing its $30 million production cost. The second weekend saw a rare dip of less than 6 percent, amassing $25 million more.
Aquino has shared her success with Filipinos, ensuring that her team consisted of fellow Pinoys. Her gown in the movie was by Filipino designer Michael Cinco and during the Hollywood premiere, she wore Michael Leyva.
The actress wrote on Instagram yesterday of how grateful she was for the opportunity to bring Filipino pride to the movie. She thanked Filipino fans who, she said, applauded when she appeared onscreen.
Aquino said, “This feeling of solidarity for the sake of our national identity will forever inspire me to strive harder to promote and protect our values, dignity, and grace as a people.” /ra
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