At the grand presscon for his upcoming film “Alfredo S. Lim: The Untold Story” held Feb. 12, Cesar Montano couldn’t bring himself to deny that his marriage with Sunshine Cruz is not without “problems” lately, though he stressed that he isn’t allowing it to get in the way of his “commitment” to focus on work.
“Kung ano man ‘yung naririnig nyo, kahit na gustuhin kong sumagot ay di ko kayang sumagot [dahil] naka-commit ako na ibigay ang lahat dito sa pag gawa ng pelikula. I can’t afford to find attention para ilagay dun [controversies] para gumulo…’di ko kayang makialam pa sa ibang bagay na alam kong ‘di makakatulong,” he said.
Recall that a few weeks back, Cesar and Sunshine hogged headlines after she posted messages and photos online that seemingly indicate not all is well between them due to an alleged involvement of a third party.
While some people have dipped their fingers in the issue, Cesar had remained silent about it until now.
“To be quite honest, naaapektuhan ako pero pinili kong mas mag-focus sa pelikula,” he said
The actor pointed out that no marriage is perfect – “lahat nagkakaroon ng problema,” as he puts it – but he and Sunshine are in the process of fixing everything.
In fact, Sunshine remains one of the executive producers of “Alfredo S. Lim: The Untold Story,” which means both she and Cesar sign the checks that are issued for the project.
He said that Sunshine is the one “na tumitingin ng lahat ng lumalabas, pumapasok at natitirang pera. That’s very important to me dahil ‘yung bagay na ‘yon, ‘di ko na kayang gawin being director, writer, actor and producer of and in this film all at the same time.
“Ang gumagawa non, kelangan pinagkakatiwalaan mong tao.”
Does that mean issuing checks to all cast members? All?
“Oo, lahat. [Kasi] kelangan talaga [na] may record [of payment]. May iba, ang kelangan cash…basta lahat ng nagtrabaho kelangang bayaran.”
Controversies aside, “Alfredo S. Lim: The Untold Story” looks to be one of the best films to hit the silver screen this season. The biopic based on the life of the incumbent Manila mayor will reveal the subject’s “softer,” “more human” side that few people have come to know, no thanks to his “tough guy” ala “Dirty Harry” reputation.
“Nakita ko ‘yung pagkatao niya (Lim) in doing this film. Nalaman na lang niya ang pagmamahal ng magulang nuong nakilala niya ang nanay ng nanay niya at the age of 12. Kaya pala siya ganyan katapang dahil na din sa hirap ng mga pagsubok na pinagdaanan niya sa buhay,” Cesar said.
“Alfredo S. Lim: The Untold Story” under CM Films will hit theaters nationwide on Feb. 27, with premiere night on Feb. 26 at SM Manila. Cesar said that they plan to enter this big-budgeted film in film festivals abroad.