We'll that is what they are telling me from kl as i am now in bangkok to try and woo a really excellent thai actress named Intira Jaroenpura aka Nang Nak to try and join the cast of SUMO-lah. I will not be berlagak and try to hide my excitement to meet this lady tomorrow, i believe she is truy one of Asia's most remarkable female actors. She is currently shooting a new film produced by Francis Ford Coppola and directed by Prince Chatri Chalerm Yukol (Director of Legend of Suriyothai) at a budget of 50 million Dollarss!!! ( i suddenly have visions of Dr. Evil saying those figures aloud) and here i am a Malaysian Af-DE-WHo? offering her a role in a film with a budget that is probably smaller than the size of that production's catering budget. But i plod on, hoping that a good story would intice a fellow artiste to join a very determined and excited team of Malaysian film workers to try and bring a first truly International Malaysian film project to the region and perhaps the world.
A pipe dream, many might say but guess what? I am a person who constantly believe in dreams and making them come true. Buli was a dream... winning an award at the Malaysian Film Festival was a dream.... The current success of BAIK PUNYA CILOK is a dream... and now to conquer a greater vision of getting a local film distributed internationally... and maybe going to International film festivals and bringing pride to the country like P.Ramlee, Yasmin Ahmad, Ho Yuhang, Amir Muhammad, James Lee and to prove that mainstream doesn't mean shit-stream. Well, at least not all the time.
A great indication is that she has read the treatment and she thinks that it is really funny and a lot of fun. Next we have to talk money and schedules. YIKES!!!... donnolah... apa nak jadi-jadilah... Just tebalkan my face and make my ten cent face, get on my knees and get ready to beg and grovel. I have no shame, some of you might be saying.
Ab-so-frakking-lutely!!!... whatever for a DREAM.
Let's make Cilok the biggest film this year (well it is the last local film of 2005 anyway).... SPREAD THE WORD MY FRIENDS... UNLEASH YOUR EXCITEMENT TO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY... IT IS YOUR FILM... YOU MADE IT THE MONSTER THAT IT IS RIGHT NOW, WITH YOUR SUPPORT!!! NO MATTER HOW GOOD THE MOVIES ARE IT WOULDN'T MEAN JACK WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT!!... YOU DESERVE BETTER MOVIES!!!... DON'T ENTERTAIN MEDIOCRITY!!!... SUPPORT NEW MALAYSIAN DIRECTORS!!!.... THE POWER IS WITH YOU!!!.... YOU TOO CAN STOP PIRACY IF YOU WANTED TOO!!!.... POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!
PS. ACTORLYMPICS starts tomorrow!!!.... so for an evening of live selambakodok komedy and the opportunity to meet the stars of BAIK PUNYA CILOK, CIP KODOK and Harith Iskander LIVE don't forget to make a date with us at Bangsar Actor's studio.