Behind the scenes of ‘Zombadings’
As I read my intro for a story in â€œBalitanghaliâ€ aired daily over GMA News TV, a title caught my attention: â€œZombadings: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington.â€
Our scriptwriter had to read it out to me a couple of times to make sure I pronounced every word properly. Shokot? What does that mean? I was then informed it meant â€œtakotâ€ and then the title made more sense to me. The nature of the movie canâ€™t be any more blatant with the amusing title.
Growing up in Manila â€“ which for me, really, is the gay capital of the world â€“ bading-related material does not trigger a sense of alarm or controversy. I cannot imagine our entertainment industry in the absence of gay talent. Whether in front or behind the camera, no matter how big or small their role, they contribute in every aspect of production.
The movie â€œZombadingsâ€ isnâ€™t just a horror-comedy revolving around the story of Remington, who is cursed by a â€œbadingâ€ after having ridiculed someone of their kind since childhood.
In a closed-door interview with the producer, director and actor, I discovered that it is a work of sacrifice, passion and challenge to these three individuals.
Producer Raymond Lee, a flaring queen bee, recalled that there once was a little boy who called out to him: â€œBading, bading!â€