MANILA, Philippines - Thai actor Mario Maurer said he will never forget his experience working on the film “Suddenly It’s Magic” with actress Erich Gonzales.
|Mario Maurer and Erich Gonzales. File photo
"The first day I spoke to direk, she told me that, 'You know here in the Philippines when we work we start like friends and we finish we became a family,'" Maurer said.
Director Rory Quintos said she will never forget the slapping scene of Maurer and Gonzales, especially when the Thai actor was caught by surprise when Gonzales really slapped him.
"He told me that in Thailand, people don't really get slap, dinadaya. And I said, 'Oh, here in the Philippines, it's not (like that). You will really get slapped.' So that was it. So there was a little tension there," she said.
But despite that incident, Gonzales and Maurer eventually got closer, according to the director.
"Sabi ko you know you remind me so much of an actor who was once a superstar here in the Philippines. His name is Rico Yan," Quintos said.
It so happened that at the time, someone had a copy of the late actor's movie "Got 2 Believe" with Claudine Barretto on the set. Quintos then showed Maurer the movie.
"Siguro na-realize niya na medyo kamukha niya because he ended watching the whole film," Quintos said.
Maurer is set to fly back in Manila on Sunday for the premire night of "Suddenly It's Magic" on Tuesday.