Making quite the splash on showbiz news over the past few weeks was the eventual cancellation of an entry to the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival. The movie in question, Quantum Films’ horror flick “(K)ampon” starring one-time Queen of All Media Kris Aquino in a rather anticipated big-screen comeback, ran into an insurmountable snag when her lead costar Derek Ramsay bowed out of production due to scheduling conflicts. While Gabby Conception was available to pinch-hit, his replacement notice came after a deadline for casting changes enforced by the MMFF executive committee. Some observers have since described Ramsay’s last-minute departure to have been an unprofessional action that ruined Kris’ cinematic return.
But in Derek Ramsay’s own words as shared to Inquirer.net, that accusation is far from the truth regarding what happened to put the brakes on the making of “(K)ampon” with Kris Aquino. He said as much to the Inquirer during an interview with the actor last Sunday, August 18, in Davao where he was doing a media appearance with his GMA soap costar Andrea Torres as part of the Kadayawan celebration. According to Derek, what happened with “(K)ampon” was a perfect storm of production delays, a deluge of work opportunities and some seriously bad timing.
Ramsay notes that he readily accepted Quantum Pictures’ casting of him opposite Kris Aquino for the horror movie, seeing it as a grateful action due to having earned MMFF acting awards from past Quantum-produced movies “All of You” (2017) and “English Only, Please” (2014). The part was not finalized however, and some developmental delays on the part of Quantum made them think they would not start in time to complete the project for the MMFF. They told Derek this, prompting him to start looking for other production offers. When Quantum Pictures reversed its earlier assessment, the actor already had finalized commitments that cannot be canceled.
In light of that cavalcade of missed chances, Derek Ramsay thus has to speak out against calls of his “unprofessionalism” that led to “(K)ampon” being on its precarious situation. By the time he left the project due to schedule conflict, Quantum had yet to officially contract him for his part, and no scenes for the film with him have been shot. Thus, his participation was never confirmed to begin with. Ramsay also expressed that he understood the strict guidelines the MMFF imposes on its participating movies, which mandates disqualification from the festival if they were not followed to the letter.
Derek has the distinction of being a talent for the “big three” Filipino TV networks of ABS-CBN, GMA7 and TV5 (formerly ABC5). His latest contract pegs him as a Kapuso talent since April 2019, and he currently stars on primetime drama “The Better Woman” with Andrea Torres, who plays separated-at-birth twin sisters in a complex romantic relationship with Ramsay’s character.
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