Earlier this week, a collective gasp radiated through the internet when it was revealed that John Lloyd Cruz would be a part of the new Alvin Yapan-directed film, Culion. An emotional JLC was shown in the last part of the film's teaser trailer, and naturally, excitement over his return to showbiz hyped up his participation in the film. (ICYDK, John Lloyd took an indefinite hiatus from the entertainment industry in 2017.)
Jump to the 1:13 mark for the big reveal:
But apparently, the ABS-CBN star wasn't too happy with his inclusion in the teaser, which led him to clarify his involvement in Culion. Via a text message with ANCX, John Lloyd said he only has a cameo in the film and only appears in one scene. "I thought including me in the teaser was preemptive. It was the opposite of what I actually requested and agreed on," he said.
He then talked about how the teaser could have misled the audience: "But as much as I am drawn to the idea of letting my work, of any kind, have its own life and take its own course in terms of output (unmindful of how it mutates, grows, and sometimes gets diminished) I am also wary of misleading an audience. That wouldn't be fair. Hence, I felt compelled to clarify my participation in the film."
Culion is set in the 1940s and follows the story of three leper patients (Iza Calzado, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, and Meryll Soriano) on the island of Culion, Palawan, where people with leprosy or Hansen's Disease came to stay. It is also vying to be part of this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.
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