John Arcilla on Sharon Cuneta, direk Erik Matti: ‘Generous co-actor, director’
Veteran actor John Arcilla was all praises for director Erik Matti and co-star Megastar Sharon Cuneta after they capped off their shooting of “Kuwaresma.”
Not everyone can say they have good chemistry with their director and co-star, but Arcilla can. He recently paid homage to Matti and Cuneta via social media where he shared some behind-the-scenes moments from their shooting in Baguio.
“Notice that we are so relaxed and our behind the scene moments are just cool and fun,” Arcilla said via Instagram on April 26. “After you watch this film you will wonder how and why we can still enjoy our breaks. It is because Erik Matti is so cool as a director.”
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Lets take a break 2! :) one of my most memorable behind the scene moments in KWARESMA of @realityentertainment with @reallysharoncuneta Directed by @erikmatti . Notice that we are so relaxed and our behind the scene moments are just cool and fun. After you watch this film you will wonder how and why we can still enjoy our breaks. It is because erik matti is so cool as a Director. His set is both Organized and spontaneous; very enriching in all aspects. Its like a “school” when all his staffs are like his protégés. Everyone do their assignments diligently and listens BUT, Erik is so open to all the suggestions and possibilities that he needs to get a scene done. His day is always planned and ready but He’s open for all the possible adjustments that will come his way. Amazing. If Sharon is a very generous co-actor, Erik is a Director Generous to his Actors. He never hesitates to express his appreciation to your work. Basta narinig mo sya na sumigaw “BEAUTIFUL” “I LIKE IT” the more that you will be inspired to do more. He sings from time to time while everyone is setting up for the next scene. It will make you feel that he is very confident that everything is in good place, and everything will be fine. Hes your Director, your Friend, your Barkada and sometimes just like your little brother hehehehe. He never runs out of ideas that he spontaneously gets from all his resources, his pasts, his surroundings or from all the available stimulus :) … his artistic juices and stamina is constant and sustained. Wonderful wonderful experience to work with these people. Kwaresma opens on May 15 in Philippines Cinemas! Invite all your friends, family, relatives and neighbors! This film is not just your ordinary Horror Movie. See you on May 15th onwards!!!
Arcilla shared how Matti’s set is both organized and spontaneous. He also credited the director for his openness in taking suggestions to get a scene done.
“His day is always planned and ready but he’s open for all the possible adjustments that will come his way. Amazing,” he said. “If Sharon is a very generous co-actor, Erik is a director generous to his actors. He never hesitates to express his appreciation to your work. Basta narinig mo siya na sumigaw (once you hear him shout) ‘BEAUTIFUL’ ‘I LIKE IT’ the more that you will be inspired to do more.”
Matti, on the other hand, was happy to have worked with Arcilla, who he called one of the best actors in the country.
“I’m glad to have worked with John who, to me, is one of the best actors in this country,” Matti commented on Arcilla’s post. “Smart, raw, organic, passionate and very instinctive. You just don’t know how much you always surprise me with your work.”
Arcilla also praised his co-star Cuneta, who made his day by recently surprising him with a lechon and a “Heneral Luna” suman cake in his own home.
“This is one of the best days of my lechon experiences. Friends who have known me, knew how Lechon makes me strut,” Arcilla gushed via Instagram on April 29. “Thank you Shawie you made [my] day!”
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And then i woke up late this morning and a guy carrying a Lechon is entering our front door, followed by @reallysharoncuneta ‘s dear Nelson…i knew it! We had a vow that we will share Lechon experiences, and wait theres more, a Bilao covered with Banana Leaves and matching Philippine Flag on top! And whats in it? A HENERAL LUNA, Filipino Suman-Cake inspired, covered and decorated with grated mango slices and variety of Philippine sweets from Ube to different kinds of pastillas, sweet peanut brittle and Chocnut! Yes Chocnut on suman cake! Such a fantastic combination! And guess what? it is Sharons Favorite at dito kami sundong sundo, BINAGOONGAN LECHON from Pepita’s, garnished with Hilaw na manga, itlog na pula at chopped kamatis! Iyan po ang sobrang pinag kasunduan namin ni @reallysharoncuneta :) This is one of the best days of my lechon experiences. Friends who have known me, knew how Lechon makes me strut. Ahahahahahhahaha! Thank you Shawie you made may day! But above it all, amongst cakes and crispy skins, Sharon is not just a generous person, She’s such a generous Co Actor. No reasons why she’s not the mega, Just look at her eyes, feel her, and you’ll get what you need in a scene and gives back what you gave her. In the meantime, i will devour on your generous Lechon Shawie! God bless you more and congratulations! God Bless everyone, watch KWARESMA on May 15 on Philippine Cinemas, and experience a Horror film that will wake all your senses, and your brain up. God bless everyone! THANK YOU SO MUCH @reallysharoncuneta ! Hmmm ano kayang lechon ang dimo pa natitikman? Ah alam ko na :) hehehe
“No reasons why she’s not the mega,” he added. “Just look at her eyes, feel her, and you’ll get what you need in a scene and gives back what you gave her.”
“Kuwaresma,” which is produced under Matti’s production company Reality Entertainment, is slated to open in cinemas on May 15. /ra
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