Big stars doing cameo roles in either mainstream or indie movies has become a fad nowadays. Cinemalaya Cinco’s top grosser “Astig” was flooded by more than a dozen artists from Boy Abunda’s the Backroom. Boy Abunda co-produced the film which is set to be sent to some international film festivals.
But noteworthy are Maricel Soriano and Sharon Cuneta’s special participations in last month’s movies, another Cinemalaya entry Last Supper 3 and Oh My Girl! respectively. Despite their superstardom, both agreed to have small parts in these movies for one big reason-friendship.
Oh My Girl! stars Ogie Alcasid andJudy Ann Santos whom the Megastar shares a strong bond of togetherness since Viva’s Magkapatid. Sharon willingly played a “manghuhula” role in the movie which happened to be her first appearance in a Mother Lily-produced flick in 30 years.
“This is the least I can do for my friends, Juday and Ogie and Mother Lily who have all been good to me in my years in showbusiness,” said Sharon in an interview with PEP. “Like what the movie conveys, real love and friendship prevails–and despite what everyone says about fleeting relationships and tainted power relationships in this industry, my dealings with Juday and Ogie and Mother Lily transcends everything–will be here forever.”
Prior to the regular screening of this 49th anniversary offer of Regal Films, lots of articles and write-ups were heard of this Mega cameo, news on TV and even presscons.
On the other hand, almost nobody really knew that Diamond Star, Maricel Soriano is part of the cast of Last Supper 3 which recently bagged the Best Picture plum in the Cinemalaya Cinco awarding ceremonies held last month at the CCP. Soriano appeared to give support to Veronica Velasco, director of the filmand who has co-directed and wrote Unitel’s Inang Yaya in 2006.
“Maricel was very accommodating. She came to the set prepared. She gave her input on the character no matter how minor it was.” This was quoted from the lady director in an article in Philippine Daily Inquirer.
William Reyes of Philippine Entertainment Portal commends the Diamond Star in his article saying “Sa “Last Supper No. 3,” it took Veronica Velasco and co-director Jinky Laurel to convince Diamond Star Maricel Soriano na gumanap sa isang mahalagang papel bilang clerk of court. Sa listahan ng cast para sa pelikula, walang top billing si Maricel. Patunay na sa mga obrang Cinemalaya, o alinmang digital-indie film, ang star status ay hindi pangunahin. Higit na mahalaga ang pagsasabuhay ng mga tauhan (characterization) at husay ng pagganap ng isang artista bilang tunay na alagad ng sining.”
A review from filmeyeballsbrain.com says “and watch out for Maricel Soriano in a particularly hilarious bit as a clerk – she looks like she hasn’t aged a day” and a reviewer from criticafterdark.blogspot.com tagged her stint as a “hilarious cameo”.
We used to see both actresses play lead roles and it is a little surprise to see them doing cameos. But what’s more surprising is how they make small roles make a big difference.