ATOM Araullo has finally delivered his piece on Citizen Jake director Mike de Leon who made a veritably scathing remarks not only about his performance in the film but even criticized his broadcast journalism and calling it inferior.
In his Facebook post today, he said that Direk Mike throwing “hurtful remarks” against him did not come as a surprise for he purportedly went through far worse treatment from the director while filming Citizen Jake.
Despite his weird behavior, the tantrums and all, Atom said that he “behaved professionally” all throughout the duration of their shoot.
“Early on, without a script or a clear story, director Mike de Leon wanted me to play the lead in the film. It was a surprise.
Naturally, my first questions were: Why me? What movie are we crafting to justify my participation as an actor? Mike was adamant that he wanted a journalist and non-actor to play the character because of his unique vision for Citizen Jake.
I believed in the director, and like others who admire his work, I wanted to see him make another film after some 17 years of retirement at the time. So, I said yes.
Citizen Jake seems like a love-it-or-hate-it kind of movie. As a co-writer, I sensed that early on as we strove to interweave various arcs, elements, and layers of meaning into a cogent narrative to fulfill Mike’s vision.
A lot has been said about how brave the film is in tackling its themes, but Mike is also brave in staying loyal to his singular style of storytelling. He never panders to the audience, something which I respect.
Do I stand by the film? Of course I do. Will I defend it? That goes without saying. While it has its weaknesses and limitations, I am immensely proud to be part of Citizen Jake.
Meanwhile, and I fear I’m stating the obvious, Jake Herrera is not Atom Araullo.
Although there are similarities, we don’t necessarily share the same politics. The film is told through the point of view of the privileged elite and can be seen by some as cynical or nihilistic. Maybe it is.
The film itself is already a statement.
I have not had a problem with being outspoken in the past, and my views have not changed since the making of Citizen Jake.
Mike made deliberately hurtful remarks about my journalism, which, ironically, has nothing to do with my participation in the film.
The kindest thing I can say about him is that he needs help, patience, and understanding as he wrestles with his personal demons.
But while he has certainly tested the limits of my endurance, I can rest easy knowing that I worked hard, behaved professionally, and did all to the best of my abilities at the time the film was made.
Mike’s contribution to Philippine cinema is unquestionable. I hope he remains productive after Citizen Jake, making more movies that will rouse our consciousness, make us uncomfortable, and spur debate.
I am still grateful for the opportunity to have worked on this film, now that I close this chapter of my life.”
BEAUTY GONZALEZ LILIPAT NA SA GMA7?
NAKITA raw ang Kapamilya actress na si Beauty Gonzalez sa GMA compound on May 29, 2018.
Kasama raw niya that time ang kanyang manager na si Arnold Vegafria nang makipag-meet siya with a top executive of the Kapuso Network.
Looking back, matatandaang Beauty was a product of ABS-CBN’s reality show Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus in 2008, kung saan she emerged as the Fourth Teen Big Placer.
Marami siyang supporting roles na nagawa sa ilang teleseryes tulad ng Iisa Pa Lamang (2008), Tayong Dalawa (2009), Precious Hearts Romances: Alyna (2010), Mula sa Puso (2011), Angelito: Batang Ama (2011), Angelito: Bagong Yugto (2012), at Moon of Desire (2014).
Sometime In November 2014, she was promoted to leading lady status when she was paired off with Zanjoe Marudo in the primetime series Dream Dad.
Sinundan ito ng isa pang lead role sa 2015 daytime series Ningning.
Pero sa kalagitnaan ng show, kinakailangan niyang umalis sa series dahil sa kanyang unexpected pregnancy.
She made a successful TV comeback when she was chosen as the main lead in Pusong Ligaw. The afternoon series ended in January 2018. 10th year anniversary ni Beauty sa show business ngayong taong ito.
And with that, ito po ang Kuya Pete ninyo na nagsasabing, Christopher, my son, I love you very, very much, my love for you goes beyond eternity. Adios. Mabalos. I always need you, Nhong!