Independent film director Rafael Santos has apologized to the theater community after making insensitive remarks about theater actors.
Santos said on ANC's "Cityscape" last June 24 that "theater actors are better to work with because they don’t complain...You can feed them SkyFlakes 3 meals a day and pay them in cat food basically.”
Santos is the director of the short film “Samarito,” which is an entry in this year’s Cinemalaya Film Festival. He got theater actors to star in the said film.
During the press conference of some Cinemalaya Film Festival entries on Friday, Santos said he is truly sorry for all he had said.
“I am truly sorry for the things I said especially because it is not what I think about theater actors. They are the best to work with and they do it for the passion of art,” he said.
Santos added that “the lesson here is awareness in what you will say because it can hurt.”
Santos also divulged that he got sad when he learned that most of his friends in the theater community, especially actress Bea Garcia who is the lead star in “Samarito,” got offended by his comments.
“She has every right to be hurt. I know it will take time if people will ever look past what happened,” he said.
Garcia earlier announced that she does not want to work with Santos anymore.
Theater actors react
Meanwhile, theater, movie and television actress Eugene Domingo revealed that she was surprised upon learning how the 25-year-old director described stage actors.
“Mali 'yong sinabi niya,” she said.
Theater and TV actoralso shared the same sentiment. He, however, said that he believes Santos did not have any bad intentions.
“I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. Sige, but siguro this will just be an obstacle in his career,” Cruz said.
Despite speculations that “Samarito” will be removed from the Cinemalaya Film Festival, Santos announced that the movie remains to be an entry.
The 2011 Cinemalaya Film Festival is set to begin on July 15.