Robin Padilla backs out of movie 'Nilalang' co-starring Maria Ozawa
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Robin Padilla will no longer do the movie Nilalang, also starring Japanese former adult film star Maria Ozawa.
The announcement was made by Robin's manager Betchay Vidanes via a post on Robin's Instagram account.
"This message is to announce to the dear public that Mr. Robin Padilla and my team Vidanes Celebrity Marketing will no longer be part of the movie ‘Nilalang’, which was scheduled to compete in the annual Metro Manila Film Festival in December 2015.
"It is with great regret that we have to inform all that due to extenuating personal circumstances, Mr. Robin Padilla has had to make the decision to withdraw from the film. I would like to let you know that this decision making process has been very hard as Mr. Padilla's reputation shows that he has the highest regards for those he commits to work with. But his withdrawal is due to the fact of needing to attend to his wife Mariel, as she is experiencing a delicate pregnancy. Mariel is currently pregnant with triplets, and also suffered a miscarriage in March of this year.
"Due to this, Mr. Padilla feels that he needs to focus and prioritize the wellbeing of his family and has decided to forego his role as Tony in the movie Nilalang.
"The decision to withdraw from the film has been very difficult for Mr. Padilla and VCM team. This cancellation has been a collective resolution of Vidanes Celebrity Marketing and Mr. Padilla and Haunted Tower Productions are not at fault in any way. We acknowledge that we hold no claims or rights to this movie whether it is produced or not.
"On behalf of Mr. Robin Padilla and Vidanes Celebrity Marketing, we would like to ask to the producers and the public for their understanding and kind consideration."
The MFT Group of Companies, of which Nilalang's production company Haunted Tower Pictures is part of, said that they will no longer finance the production of Nilalang.
Joyce Ramirez, MFT's publicist said: “The MFT Group does not believe that there is a suitable replacement for Mr. Padilla and as a result, the prospective timeline for the production of Nilalang will be compromised.”
“Given the proposed working budget for the film, the non-participation of Mr. Padilla means that MFT (being the main funding partner of Haunted Tower Pictures) no longer believes that the project has a bankable actor as its lead and the absence of immediate alternative means that the production will be delayed to an extent that Nilalang will not be released in time for the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival.”
Last June, Maria Ozawa came to the Philippines saying she was excited to being doing her first film in the country. Maria even said she was preparing for the role by undergoing more training. (READ: Maria Ozawa on PH showbiz career, leaving the porn industry) – Rappler.com