Part 4 R E D

 

M e r c e d e s  C a b r a l  (Mai)

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The character of Mai was tricky because it is such a small role (in terms of exposure) yet it has a really big impact in the main character and the movie.   It’s a love story but you almost never see them together.  It’s a very limiting but demanding role—sort of…create the biggest impact in just a few scenes. That was the role of Mai.  And Mercedes Cabral was a very easy choice to make.  They say that if you introduce someone in a lengthy fashion, it means they are nobody important.  Mercedes is someone who’s body of work spells it out for you.  I think we’re lucky to have her on board, period.    And she is such a trooper!

Oh, and one more thing—everyone talks about the power of Nora Aunor’s eyes.  I’ve never seen it in person.  But I’ve seen Mercedes’.  And I think I know what everyone means.

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