MANILA – Award-winning filmmaker Dan Villegas sympathizes with his partner and fellow director Antoinette Jadaone, who recently lamented in a widely circulated blog the repeated delays of her film shoots with onscreen and real-life couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre.
Speaking with reporters Thursday on the sidelines of a press conference for his film “Changing Partners”, Villegas was asked for his reaction to Jadaone making public her frustration with “Never Not Love You”.
“Sabi ko kay Tonette, ‘Sana hindi mo pinost. Ganyan na-pi-feel mo, e, OK lang.’ Siyempre, imagine-in niyo rin ‘yung pressure for a director,” Villegas told reporters in a YouTube video posted by entertainment columnist Roldan Castro.
Villegas, who has directed 7 films since 2014, said any director would feel the same way if the project was put in a similar situation.
“Kung ako man ang director noon, hindi matutuloy ‘yung [shoot], nakabuwelo ka na, synch na kayo ng actors mo, synch na kayo ng staff mo. Titingnan mo, you’re shooting great footage, noong ini-edit mo siya, it’s working, ta’s biglang tigil. That’s frustrating,” he explained.
He agreed with the term Jadaone used in her blog in referring to the film’s setbacks: “Kung ako man ‘yung director noon, heartbreaking iyon, promise, na napa-pack up ka sa shooting.”
“She’s very frustrated,” Villegas added, referring to Jadaone. “‘Yung frustration niya meron, and I stand with her.”
When rumors over the delays’ reasons were brought up, Villegas withheld commenting specifically on the stars. “Ayoko mag-judge. Ayokong, kumbaga, poisoning the well,” he said.
Lustre, in an apparent response to speculation about the film’s status, posted Wednesday an Instagram story showing a spinal X-ray and a list of ailments.
Asked to react to Lustre’s post, Villegas said: “Kung masama ang pakiramdam niya, sabihin na, kasi nagkakasa na kami.”