Chris­tian out, Martin in!

The Philippine Star - - ENTERTAINMENT - RICKY LO

There’s a ma­jor change in the cast of Born Beau­ti­ful, a spin-off of Die Beau­ti­ful, the box-of­fice hit di­rected by Jun Robles Lana and that won Best Ac­tor awards for Paolo Balles­teros (in­clud­ing one from the Tokyo International Film Fes­ti­val) who played the ti­tle role. Out of the cast is Chris­tian

Bables (left) who be­came pop­u­lar af­ter he won Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor at the 2016 Metro Film­fest for his per­for­mance as Barbs, the best friend of Paolo’s char­ac­ter Tr­isha. Tak­ing his place is

Martin del Rosario (right) who him­self has won sev­eral awards.

Jun ex­plained that Chris­tian in­formed him that he was no longer avail­able to do Born Beau­ti­ful, “so my cre­ative team and I re­think the char­ac­ter of Barbs and what the char­ac­ter can do.”

Jun thought of Martin with whom he worked as pro­ducer of Ang Mananagg­gal sa Unit 23B, di­rected by Prime Cruz who be­longs to Jun and part­ner Perci In­ta­lan’s IdeaFirst Com­pany.

Af­ter star­ring in a num­ber of ac­claimed in­de­pen­dent films — among them Dag­itab which won for him an Urian award — Martin will por­tray the ex­panded role of Barbs.

“We know that Martin can bring a new di­men­sion to the char­ac­ter now that the en­tire series re­volves around Barbs,” added Jun. Born Beau­ti­ful will start shoot­ing any time this month and will be seen on Cig­nal En­ter­tain­ment in early 2018.

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