Shot only in two days with no script, it was crucial for director Adolfo Alix to choose intelligent actors to play two guys in a secret relationship in the hit LGBT film “4 Days,” which will return on the big screen on Feb. 9, courtesy of CineLokal. And the award-winning director had picked Mikoy Morales and Sebastian Castro to fill the screen with chemistry and to throw their own dialogue into the story.
“There was no script, because I wanted the movie to be close as close as possible to reality. I wanted to be able to maximize yung emotions nung dalawa given na it [transpired] in four Valentine’s Days,” Alix explained at the movie’s presscon held Feb. 7 at Cinematheque Manila.
The movie, set in UP Diliman, follows the story of two college roommates in a span of four Valentine’s Days. Morales plays Mark, who falls in love with Derek (Castro), and the two end up as closeted lovers. And thus the film, which premiered in 2016, explores the complexity of a secret relationship and the fear of coming out.
This is Alix’s fourth gay-themed film, and he shared the unique challenge of making “4 Days.”
“It was a challenge for me, as the director, na makita yung growth nung relasyon—kung mayroon man. And second is, makita yung difference nung apat na Valentine’s Days sa kanila,” he said. “Kasi nga, in reality, two days lang namin siya ginawa. So in two days, paano namin siya mama-magic na four years?”
He added: “Pero, more than that, dahil it’s a love story, importante rin na magbigay ako ng bagong insights. Kasi sa daming rom-com na ginagawa sa Pilipinas, at maraming ‘hugot’ na pelikula, challenge din kung ano ang take ng ‘4 Days’ against the sea of those types of films. Pero may makukuha kayo dito na something about human relationships in general.”
MIKOY IS STRAIGHT
Morales, a “Bubble Gang” mainstay, is straight in real life, while American-Peruvian Internet sensation Castro is gay. “4 Days” is both the actors’ first time to star in a full-length feature film and is Morales’ first onscreen kiss.
When asked if he was comfortable playing a gay guy opposite a real gay, Morales said he was, and that he has always been open-minded about the LGBT community. He also joked that it did help that Castro was handsome.
Castro shared: “You can see that [Mikoy] is comfortable supporting LGBT rights issues, and generally listening when it comes to gay issues that matter to our community.”
Morales admitted that playing a gay guy had always been a dream role for him, because of the challenge. But he expressed clearly that although he is accepting of the LGBT community, he is secured and confident about his sexuality and preference. That he knows that he is very much straight.
PROGRESS IN LOCAL LGBT ENTERTAINMENT
Both actors admit to being fans of the 2013 cult TV series “My Husband’s Lover,” because, according to them, it portrays gay men as real people with real relationship issues, which they say is a refreshing change from the usual local entertainment fare where gay men are stereotyped as “parlor gays,” or only reduced to comical gay best friends.
“Nabilib ako, kasi parang ang tapang ng material para ipalabas sa TV,” Morales said. “At first time ko makakita na magpakita sila ng human side ng ganung klaseng relationship. Hindi yung stereotypical na parang si parloristang bading ay nagkagusto kay machong lalake. Yun yung rason kung bakit ako nagka-dream role na ganito [‘4 Days’].”
Castro agreed, saying. “When I saw ‘My Husband’s Lover’ here, for the first time, you just know that this is a breakthrough for Philippine television.”
“4 DAYS” GETS PICKED UP BY CINELOKAL
FDCP’s CineLokal will bring back “4 Days” beginning Feb. 9 in select SM Cinemas: SM Megamall, MoA, North Edsa, Fairview, Sta. Mesa, Southmall, and Bacoor at 1:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.