Luck at First Sight showing on May 3! Starring Jericho Rosales & Bela Padilla

Friday, April 21, 2017

FROM the team that gave us the phenomenal box-office hit, “Camp Sawi,” and the director of mega-blockbuster movies like “Always Be My Maybe” and “#WalangForever,” come this year’s most enchanting romance-comedy, “LUCK AT FIRST SIGHT.”

VIVA Films and N2 Productions bring to the big screen a Joyce Bernal production that pairs off Asian Drama King, Jericho Rosales and Primetime TV Gem, Bela Padilla for the first time.

During the Grand Presscon of Luck at First Sight at Trinoma Cinema lobby, the cast narrated their respective roles and how excited they all are with the movie. 

Meet the cast of Luck at First Sight:

This is the first time that Jericho Rosales and Bela Padilla will be working in a project together and Jericho even mentioned during the presscon that Bela is one of the actress she wants to work with in the future saying, "nung magkasama kami ni Arci sa soap at napanuod ko yung Camp Sawi sabi ko siya (Bela) ang gusto ko maka-trabaho!"

In the movie, Jericho is Joma Labayen, a down-on-his-luck guy who believes that a “life charm” could help make for him a rosy existence despite the drudgery of everyday living. By accident and by some stroke of fate, he meets Diane dela Cruz (Bela), who he thinks is his "life charm." Little did he know that their encounters would lead him to the toughest choice his heart will ever make: luck or love.

Diane, however, is no sucker for stories of luck and/or life charms. She is a firm believer of love and how romance sheds light, beauty and happiness to one's being. Their partnership proves lucky enough until they discover that choosing between luck and love can be a tough pick.

“Luck at First Sight” is a concept Bela thought about while listening to the radio.
“Nasa kotse ako, nakikinig ng conversation ng DJs sa radio. Tapos, naisip ko 'yung title, du’n nabuo ang story. Tungkol siya sa dalawang tao na sinuswerte kapag may physical touch sila.

“Ako, gusto ko makapanood ng konting feeling ng magic, parang maniniwala ka uli sa isang bagay na hindi mo nakikita. Sa totoong buhay, naniniwala ako sa swerte, ibang forms lang siguro.

“Nu’ng nag-iisip na kami kung sino ang kukuning direktor, sabi namin, dapat si Direk Dan ito. Sobrang galing kasi niya, sobrang ganda ng shots saka gusto naming ma-touch din ang point of view ng lalaki sa pelikula,” Bela explains.

As for Direk Dan, working on “Luck at First Sight” made him excited. 
“Ang difference nito sa mga nagawa ko na, yung dati, rooted on reality, kung ano ang nangyayari sa totoong buhay. Kaya na-excite ako rito kasi may magic element, ‘di realistic. Medyo hyper realistic siya, magical, fantastic,” he says.

“First time kong gumawa ng ganito, so minsan, 'yung pagtimpla ng mga eksena, mapapaisip ka, exaggerated na ba 'to, baka masyadong mababaw o matigas. Rom-com siya, pero may magic realism element,” he adds.

Echo, like Bela, is totally absorbed by the project. Though “Luck at First Sight” may be their first as a tandem, he shares, “may commitment sa isa’t isa na ito ang pinakamagandang movie na gagawin namin together.”

Bela says Echo is easy to work with, “hindi niya ako pinahirapan.” Echo, for his part, relates, “Working with Bela was great. She’s very open, walang showbiz na vibe. ‘Pag nasa set kami, nag-uusap kami ng concept and ways to promote or make the film better. It’s nice that she’s open to exploring things, wala siyang masyadong inhibitions. It’s been fun.”

Bela also shared how generous Echo is. Jericho gave Bela a 1950's edition Typewriter on which Bela said she's been scouting for some time now, saying that she dreams of owning one because she loves to write and collect vintage stuff too. Bela shared that Echo has been there for her when she experienced a heartbreak recently. When she and Neil Arce (producer) broke up.

While shooting the movie, Echo also experienced a big trial in his life when his father passed away and he expressed gratitude to his co-actors and co-workers for giving him time to grieve at the unexpected turn in his life.

“Pinakawalan na nila ako, ni Direk Dan, ni Bela, sina Boy 2, ‘go na’, I wanted to continue, sabi nila, ‘hindi na, go na.’ So, ako blessed ako to be in this project. I will never forget this project and the people I’ve worked with dito sa project na ito. They’re all very supportive and loving,”

“I think I look better. I’m a better person. I actually did. . .nag-long ride kami ng mga barkada ko, we did 1,800km in two hours on a motorcycle. Pinuntahan ko ‘yung San Juanico Bridge kung saan nagpunta si Papa, kinunan ko ng litrato, iniyak ko lahat du’n sa tulay. Bumalik ako ng Manila, I came back a better person, a stronger person, and I understand my father even more, parang ganu’n.

“So our family is better, medyo naka-move on na kami, of course, we miss Papa, my source of adventure and inspirasyon ko rin sa buhay, my source of strength.

“But ang nakakatuwa do’n, I became a stronger person. So ‘yun. I’m better,” he said.

Also part of the cast are Jeric Raval, Dennis Padilla, Cholo Barretto, Kim Molina, Thous Reyes, Issa Pressman, and PJ Endrinal. 

Watch the Grand Presscon here:

Will Joma and Diane make the right choice? Will their love story ends in happily ever after? Find out when “Luck at First Sight” casts its magical spell in cinemas nationwide starting May 3, only from VIVA Films and N2 Productions.

Watch the trailer of Luck at First Sight

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