‘Diary ng Panget’ love team back in ‘Talk Back and You’re Dead’

Jude Cartalaba

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‘Diary ng Panget’ love team back in ‘Talk Back and You’re Dead’
The love team from 'Diary ng Panget' is back, starring in another Wattpad movie adaptation
JADINE LOVE TEAM. James Reid and Nadine Lustre in a scene from 'Talk Back and You're Dead.' Screenshot from YouTube
MANILA, Philippines  – Talk Back and You’re Dead star James Reid says he is not pressured by the success of the movie She’s Dating the Gangster, starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.

Both movies are based on wildly popular novels intially posted on content platform Wattpad. James Reid and Nadine Lustre, who originally starred in Diary ng Pangetreturn in different roles for Talk Back. 

She’s Dating the Gangster was a box office success, earning P15 million just from opening day.


“Surprisingly,  hindi ako na prepressure. Sobra akong confident sa pelikulang eto. (I am not pressured. I am very confident about this movie.) The story is amazing, the cast is amazing I really gave my all in this movie. I am confident this movie will be successful,” James told reporters during the press conference held Thursday, August 14. 

“I think this movie is a lot darker. Its more gritty, dark and different type of gangster,” he added.

Actor Joseph Marco, who plays Red, the friend of James’ character TOP, said that coloring his hair for the role was a surprise at first for him.

Na-astound ako dito sa color ng hair ko. Then again parang it helped so much. Lalo ako naging in character,” he said.

(I was astounded with the color of my hair. But then again, it helped so much. I got more into character.)

In the movie, their characters head the group called the ‘Lucky 13’, a notorious “gang” of  rich kids. The two friends compete for the affection of Sam (Nadine Lustre).

The movie is an adaptation from the Wattpad novel written by Alesana Marie. The screenplay is written by Keiko Aquino.

In a separate press conference, Nadine said she was happy to play a different role.

“This time, I’m no panget (ugly), but I’m beautiful and rich as Sam,” shared the Kathryn Bernardo-look alike, Nadine. 

Andoy Ranay, the director of the film however, said that he did not want to have the film to have the same feel as Diary ng Panget, which he also directed.

“However, having James and Nadine in the film, we really didn’t want to have the ‘feel’ similar to Diary ng Panget,”  he said. “That’s the reason why we got Joseph Marco to play the red-haired gangster.”

If TOP and Red have the ‘Lucky 13’ as their gang, Sam is joined by the ‘Crazy Trio’, which is comprised of Coraleen Waddell as Michie Sta. Maria, Donnalyn Bartolome as China Dela Vega, and Rosalie Van Ginkel as Maggie Dela Vega.

Talk Back and You’re Dead is a Viva Film presentation in collaboration with Skylight Films, a subsidiary of Star Cinema and had its print version published by PSICOM.  – With reports from Alexa Villano/ Rappler.com

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