'The Reunion' pays tribute to Eraserheads
MANILA, Philippines -- The upcoming film "The Reunion" may be topbilled by young actors Xian Lim, Enchong Dee, Kean Cipriano and Enrique Gil but also starring in the movie is the music of the iconic band Eraserheads.
|"The Reunion" cast during a press conference for the film Tuesday
In the film billed as a comedy that pays tribute to OPM and Filipino musicians, the four actors portray former high school friends who find themselves at a crossroads in their professional and personal lives.
Reflecting the characters' adventures and misadventures in the film are the lyrics of Eraserheads, known for such hits like "Ligaya," "With A Smile" and "Ang Huling El Bimbo" in the 1990s.
"Maswerte kami kasi binigyan kami ng pagkakataon na magbigay ng tribute sa Eraserheads," Dee said of the film's score.
"Alam naman natin na kabataan ngayon, kabataan dati, Eraserheads talaga 'yung pinakikinggan, at sila (Eraserheads) talaga 'yung nagbukas ng pintuan para sa mga banda ngayon na mag-pursige, na galingan," Dee shared with ABS-CBN News on Tuesday.
Produced by Star Cinema, "The Reunion" is directed by young filmmaker Frasco Mortiz.
Of the film's lessons, Dee said: "Hindi mo kailangan seryosohin ang buhay. 'Yung mga problema na dumarating sa 'yo, ikaw lang kasi gagawa ng kasiyahan mo eh, ikaw rin tatama ng mga pagkakamali mo sa buhay, so 'wag ka manisi ng iba."
Best of friends
Meanwhile, Dee and Lim said they have become closer after filming their first big-screen project together.
Asked who among the cast members he has bonded with most, Lim pointed to Dee, who is also his co-star in the upcoming drama series "Ina, Kapatid, Anak."
"Sabi sa 'kin ni Enchong 'pag natanong sa akin 'to, sabihin ko, 'Si Enchong," Lim said in jest, adding, "Pero feeling ko naman, on a personal level -- we might be working now, but on a personal side, we're the best of friends."
"Ito si Xian, kumbaga, grabe," Dee said of his "Reunion" co-actor.
"Si Xian pala may timing sa comedy. Ganyan lang siya, pero 'pag kasama niyo siya, magaling siya mag-joke, he makes fun of himself," Dee added.
Apart from sharing the same sense of humor, Lim said he also learned a lot from the competitive swimmer-turned-actor.
"Si Enchong 'pag makasama mo, marami kang matututunan sa buhay. Malalim na tao si Enchong," Lim said.
'Extra time' with Julia
Aside from Lim, Dee said he has also been able to spend "extra time" with young actress Julia Montes during the filming of "The Reunion." Montes plays the love interest of the character of Gil in the film.
"Oo naman, siguro," Dee told ABS-CBN News when asked if he Montes have also become closer over the course of filming for "The Reunion."
"Kasi kumbaga this is one way, kumbaga, extra time. Hindi naman kami magkasama sa teleserye, so it's a bonus being together at work. Masaya," he added.
Joining Lim, Dee, Cipriano, Montes and Gil in "The Reunion" are other Kapamilya talents, including Jessy Mendiola, Megan Young and Bangs Garcia.
"The Reunion" will hit local cinemas on August 15.