Lacson-inspired film shoots action scenes in Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM - The cast of "10,000 Hours" finished a week of non-stop shooting, including heavy action scenes, for the film, which is Philippine Studio Inc.’s entry in the coming Metro Manila Film Festival in December.
Under the direction of Joyce Bernal, the movie, which stars Robin Padilla, is based on the story of Sen. Panfilo Lacson when he became a fugitive and went in hiding abroad.
"Actually, based siya sa true story is yung storya talaga. Kung ano yung hirap. Kasi di naman namin pinakita dito yung glamorous side ng Amsterdam pero yung kung ano yung buhay niya nang malayong- malayo sa Pilipinas, malayong-malayo sa pamilya. Kung ano yung lungkot ng mag isa, outside ng minahal mong bayan," Bernal told ABS-CBN Europe News.
But one of the film’s producers, Neil Arce, clarified that the movie is not exactly a biopic of Lacson.
In fact, he said that it is 75% fiction.
"We were just inspired by a true story na we believe can open the eyes of a lot of Filipinos. Action, drama, political comedy kind of film, perfect mixture," Arce said.
Arce added that Lacson did not really hide in The Netherlands but they chose Amsterdam.
"We’re looking for a location in Europe which is not that much seen in the Philippines. A lot of people have seen it but it’s not really been used in the films. It has a perfect mixture of foreigners and locals para medyo maganda texture ng film," Arce said.
Also in the cast are Bella Padilla, Carla Humphries and veteran actors Michael de Mesa and Pen Medina.
Padilla is proud that he did his own stunts. In one scene, he was seen climbing up and down a rain pipe.
In fact, he sprained his ankle on the second day of filming but that did not stop him from continuing to shoot his scenes.
Padilla praised the local Pinoy extras in his film as well as the Dutch, particularly Dutch actor Pieter van Overbeeke.
"Nung nageksena kami doon sa malapit sa red light district yun eh, kaeksena naming mga Pinoy. Ang daming tao dun, di kayo pwedeng magkamali. Nabigla ho kami ang gagaling mag-dialogue ng mga Pilipino. Ako na-take two,” Padilla said.
Padilla appreciated that the Pinoy extras as overseas Filipino workers who went through a lot of difficulties living outside the Philippines.
"Kaya ako sabi ko talagang sila me pinaghuhugutan eh. Kung walang pinaghuhugutan yun na galing sa puso di makakadialogue ng maganda at diretcho," Padilla said.
Van Overbeeke is better known as Pedro in the Filipino community who speaks very good Tagalog and has appeared in the movie “Captive” by Director Brillante Mendoza.
Padilla is so impressed with van Overbeeke who did not only play a role in the film but also became their talent coordinator, driver and friend.
"Syempre dun naman sa mga local, tulad nitong si pareng Pedro, Pinoy ito eh. Dutch ho siya, na asawang Pinay. Naging relaxed yung aming trabaho kasi siya yung sumundo sa amin sa airport. Tagalog kagad yung salubong. Nawala yung impresyon na magkakaroon ako ng problema sa puti," Padilla said.
"Siyempre alam naman natin yung mga nababalitaan sa Pilipinas. Discrimination, tapos ito [van Overbeek] ang makikita mo. Eh wala, parang amin ho itong Amsterdam," Padilla added.
The cast is excited and they are greatly thankful to all the Pinoys who helped them finish the production of 10,000 Hours on time.