'Les Missed?' Celebs react to cancelled screening
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Disappointed celebrities turned to Twitter to express their frustration over the cancelled local premiere of “Les Miserables” on Wednesday night.
Actress Mylene Dizon said she “walked out” of the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila in Pasay City with fellow stars Cherie Gil and Agot Isidro moments after it was announced that the movie will not be shown.
“Les Misssed! Resorts World preem…FLOP!” Dizon said on Twitter.
“KP walkout from the Les Miz preem. Booooo!” the actress added as she posted a photo of her group “walking out” of the theater.
|Actresses Mylene Dizon (left), Cherie Gil (center) and Agot Isidro "walk out" of the Newport Performing Arts Theater after the screening of "Les Miserables" was canceled. Photo from Dizon's Instagram page|
Gil, for her part, tweeted: “KP WALKOUT on Les Mis premier. Tagal magstart! #bummer #ugh.”
Also expressing her disappointment is veteran stage actress Pinky Amador, who opted to eat cake with her friends to make up for the cancelled screening.
Amador, who was part of the original London production of "Miss Saigon," reposted a photo of their dessert on the microblogging site, which had the caption: “At dahil walang Les Miz premier na naganap, eat ng sweets for some good vibes!!!”
Also present at the red-carpet event was former beauty queen Miriam Quiambao, who was with events planner Tim Yap, Belo Medical Group’s Cristalle Henares, and other friends.
“So unfortunate that special screening of #lesmiserables was canceled due to technical difficulties,” Quiambao said on Twitter.
Tour guide and artist Carlos Celdran, meanwhile, slammed Resorts World Manila and promoter Solar Entertainment for the blunder, calling them a “fail.”
“Solar Films and Resorts World #Fail. Tsk. I’m telling you SOLAR, stick to films and get it right, William Tieng,” Celdran wrote.
Other celebrities who attended the star-studded gala were actress Dimples Romana, actor Sam Concepcion, former senator Nikki Coseteng, socialite Tessa Prieto Valdez and model Victor Basa.
But not everyone was angry at what happened.
"Ang ganda ng sense of humor natin, tignan mo tawanan pa rin. [Yung iba galit], of course. Wala sigurong natuwa pero napaka-flexible talaga ng Pinoy. Maybe our sense of humor, whether properly placed or displaced, nandoon," veteran actress Boots Anson Roa told ABS-CBN News.
"I am excited about it but at the end of the day, sometimes things happen. Sometimes there are thigns beyond our control," said theater actor Leo Valdez, who just finished his run at Resorts World's production of "The King and I.
"I think what happened was technical. I feel for the organizers kasi I know how that feels. For example, opening night tapos hindi natuloy. But other than that, I think it's a wonderful crowd. They were looking forward to it. Eh kaso may nangyari na beyond our control. I can only feel for the organizers more than anything. I could watch it again," added Valdez, who played Jean Valjean in Repertory Philippines' production of "Les Miserables" in the 1990s.
"I'm putting myself behind the producers' eyes na stuff like this happens. Unfornately it happened today," added singer Christian Bautista. "I feel very sad na nangyari ito sa kanya. Pero at least we got to sing. And hopefully makabawi. In this business, things will happen. You just got to adjust, adapt and overcome."
Helping placate the restless crowd was a pre-screening performance of songs from the well-loved stage musical. Theater artists Carlo Orosa, Carla Guevarra Laforteza, Audie Gemora, Cris Villonco, Karylle and Bautista sang excerpts from "Les Miserables," under the music direction of Ryan Cayabyab.
"Ang galing nila Carla. This things happen. Ang galing nila Mr. C and Cris, Christian. If only for that, at elast it's worth coming here. These things happen. Forgivable," said singer and theater actor Bo Cerrudo, who stars in Resorts World's production of "The King and I."
“Les Miserables” was cancelled moments before the musical drama film was set to be shown for the first time before a Filipino audience due to “technical difficulties,” according to a joint statement by Resorts World Manila and Solar Entertainment.
"It's a technical problem. We have to investigate. We don't know. It's hard to speculate right now. I wouldn't know. I was told only that it couldn't play," Solar Entertainment Corp.'s big boss Wilson Tieng told ABS-CBN News.
"It happens. So sad because tonight is a planned night," Tieng added. "Sorry to all the people who were here. But again, the movie is good. Go and see it. You keep your invitation and they will honor.
The promoters said guests will be issued free replacement tickets to the regular screening of the movie at the Newport Cinemas from January 16 to 23 upon presenting their invitations to the red-carpet premiere.