Asked whether she minds being just the second or third choice by a director or producer, actress Sylvia Sanchez answered the questioned pointedly, “No! “ And in Filipino she explained, “What’s important is I got the role and I am playing it according to what the director wants it played.”
Mincing no words, she later said, “When they offered me the role, I didn’t know that they offered it to several other actresses. What I knew then was that the producers and the directors wanted to talk to me about a movie and if I could play in it. They showed me the script, I read it and I liked it. In short, I said ‘yes’ to the offer.”
The role was offered initially to Nora Aunor, but due to some misunderstanding between the actress and the director, the production team decided to look for a replacement, and Sylvia Sanchez was it.
For sure, you’ve read somewhere about the exchange of communication between Aunor and Ronald Carballo(he wrote the screenplay and directed the film, titled Jesusa) that led to Sanchez’s replacing the superstar for the role.
Jesusa has been in Carballo’s dream of a movie and he’d do it only if the superstar agree to play the lead role. Initially, she already did, but along the way, something got in the way and seemed it could be the reason the film would either not be done at all or be delayed. But Carballo was itching to shoot it, and he did sans Aunor.
The film is about a woman (Jesusa) and how she sinks into the mire. It is set in a rundown community where she leads a normal life until circumstances drag her to be swallowed by the low lives of her neighbor.
Sylvia is joined in the film by Allen Dizon, Empress Shuck, Ynez Veneracion, Vince Tañada, Beverly Salviejo, among others.
Two former dancers are executive producing the film, siblings Jean Hidalgoand Junelle Rayos.
Carballo said that Sanchez fits the role perfectly and she made sure that his vision of the film is what exactly the audience will see onscreen when it’s finally released in theaters.
Some quarters were saying that the film has used Nora Aunor for its publicity, but I am certain she wouldn’t be if some writers didn’t ask questions about the initial casting of the film/
But, that’s how the movie business goes in the Philippines!