Kris Aquino backs out of MMFF movie, says ‘I’m a jerk’

Barely two months away from Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2015, Kris Aquino made a last-minute announcement October 7 on backing out on her upcoming MMFF movie that would have top-billed her with Mayor Herbert Bautista.

The Star Cinema entry to this year’s MMFF competition is entitled All You Need is Pag-ibig. It had Pamilyang Love Love as its working title.

On an Instagram post dated October 7, she posted a panda meme with texts that read “I’m a jerk” and “I’m sorry.” In the caption, it was addressed to Star Cinema managing director Malou N. Santos, creative writer Kriz Gazmen and director Antoinette Jadaone (That Thing Called Tadhana, On the Wings of Love). It was an apology for the “stress,” “many wasted hours” and “effort exerted.” She said she’s “wrong to commit to something that in all honesty, [she is] not emotionally, physically and mentally not ready for.”

In an earlier post, she poured out her emotions in relation to a film and how she felt about her chosen cinematographer–her one request that had made her take part in the film–backing out to “scheduling conflicts.”

It can be recalled that her co-star Mayor Herbert Bautista was reluctant last September that the movie would not push through after some rumors that Derek Ramsay will replace him. Later on, it was announced that Kim Chiu and Xian Lim will also be part of All You Need is Pag-ibig.

Other entries to the festival are the following:

  • My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More! with Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai delas Alas and the phenomenal ALDUB love team of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza;
  • Beauty and the Bestie with Vice Ganda, Coco Martin, James Reid and Nadine Lustre;
  • Nilalang with Cesar Montano, Maria Ozawa, Meg Imperial;
  • the Jennylyn Mercado-Jericho Rosales-starrer Walang Forever;
  • Buy Now, Die Later starring Alex Gonzaga and Vhong Navarro among others;
  • Haunted Mansion with Marlo Mortel and Janella Salvador;
  • and the biopic Hermano Pule (Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Apolinario Dela Cruz) to be led by Aljur Abrenica.

The annual film festival will start on Christmas 2015.

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