Rhen Escaño Recalls Scene That Almost Made Her Want To Quit Filming “Karma”

Rhen recalls telling director Albert Langitan: “Direk, ayoko na po, di ko na po kaya, gusto ko na pong umuwi.”

VIVA actress Rhen Escaño gets her big break on film as she stars in the action-movie “Karma,” produced by Happy Infinite Productions and VIVA Films.

In this film directed by Albert Langitan, Rhen plays an assassin seeking revenge for the death of her father.

As a full-length action movie, “Karma” required Rhen to do a lot of action and fight scenes requiring her to hold equipment that carry the weight of a real gun.

While Rhen was able to enjoy filming such scenes, there was one action scene that almost made her quit filming.

She reveals this during the press conference for the film on June 5, 2024 at VIVA Café.

According to Rhen, it happened while shooting one of the pivotal scenes with Roi Vinzon and Krista Miller.

She shares, “To be specific and para di natin ma-spoil, nasa Baguio po kami nito and yung kukunan naming eksena is yung isa sa malalaking fight scenes, kaming dalawa ni Ate Krista with Sir Roi.

Bago yung fight scene na yun, may mahabang mahabang monologue si Sir Roi. Habang sinasabi niya yung mga lines niyakasi nga monologue, ang habahawak ko po yung baril. Nakaganun po ako.

Yung hawak ko pong baril, hindi kasi kami gumagamit ng as in super fake gun. Airsoft po yung gamit namin, yung weight ng baril is sobrang bigat talaga.

Naka-ilang shooting days na rin kami so nararamdaman ko na rin po yung pagod, ganyan, ‘tapos yung katawan ko, pasa-pasa na. ‘Tapos noong time po na yun, sobrang lamig po sa Baguio, umuusok yung bibig namin. So, naghalo-halo lahat tapos pinakagrabe yung time na yun is sobra akong na-pressure dun sa kasunod na fight scene kasi sobrang laki niya tapos sobrang hirap.

Ang hirap po noong stunt, ang hirap po ng gagawin so feeling ko talaga, hindi ko kayang gawin.

“So, habang nagda-dialogue si Sir Roi, ramdam ko yung pagod. Sobrang sakit po ng arms ko, di ko kasi pwedeng ibaba [yung baril].”

Rhen Escano
Rhen Escaño

Direk Albert kept on reminding Rhen to not put the gun down despite her condition as it is needed in the scene.

Rhen recalls, “Yung iyak ko sa eksena na yun, totoong-totoo na po talaga yun tapos sinasabi ni Direk, ‘Huwag mo ibaba, kaya mo yan.’ Ang tagal.”

With the exhaustion and pressure taking their toll on Rhen, she gave up and expressed quitting.

Hanggang sa binaba ko siya. ‘Direk, ayoko na po, di ko na po kaya, gusto ko na pong umuwi, ayaw ko na po.’ Grabe yung pressure, grabe yung feeling ko, hindi ko na kaya. As in ayoko na talaga.”

Of course, Direk Albert won’t just let his lead star quit and give up.

Rhen narrates, “Lumapit si Direk Albert ‘tapos sinabi niya sa akin na, ‘Bakit ka andito? Anong ginagawa mo dito? Sa tingin mo ba, ikaw yung pipiliin namin kung di mo kaya?’

Tapos doon na nag-start na parang, ‘Hmm… oo nga! Bakit nga ba? Ano, ganda-gandahan na lang ba ako forever? Pa-tweetums, pa-sexy na lang ba ako forever? Kaya ko ‘to.

“’Tapos after noong nangyari na yun, hindi ko alam. Sobrang magical noong sinabi ni Direk na di mo kaya, bakit ka andito.’ Nag-tuluy-tuloy po siya tapos the rest is history.

Makikita niyo sa pelikula na hindi ko rin alam kung paano ko po nagawa lahat ng iyon. Sa simple fact na hindi po ako nag-give up doon sa pinaka-edge na ayoko na, yun yung pinaka-magic doon. Ayoko na pero hindi ako nag-give up.”

Direk Albert, who also narrated what happened to Rhen, has actually only good words for the VIVA actress.

Noong ginawa niya, kapag napanood niyo, magaling talaga siya. Siguro yung self-doubt, na-reinforce din nun yung gagalingan niya talaga.

Kaya ni Rhen, magaling siyang action star.”

“Karma” started showing in cinemas on June 19, 2024.

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Injuries and intense scenes

During the Q&A, FreebieMNL asked Rhen if there was a time when she got injured or hurt during a fight scene.

Rhen shares, “Well, grabe po yung pasa sa legs ko. Parang wala nang space, lahat may pasa, as in lahat.

“’Tapos hindi ko na nararamdaman yung katawan ko, di ako makabangon sa kama.

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Rhen Escano in one of her fight scenes in “Karma”

But there was one moment when she actually caused pain to a co-star during a fight scene.

It was during an intense scene with Krista Miller.

Rhen recalls, “Meron kaming fight scene ni Ate Krista na nasuntok ko po yung mukha niya ng totoo.

Abangan niyo kung saan doon yung part na totoong nasuntok ko si Ate Krista, as in nagulat talaga ako. As in umiyak na siya, akala ko uuwi na siya, ganyan kasi nasuntok ko talaga siya, nagkamali ako!

At the end of it all, Rhen is just thankful that she never runs out of projects. It was in 2023 when they shot “Karma.” Before the film was shown in cinemas, Rhen was in ABS-CBN’s “Can’t Buy Me Love” and now in TV5 and VIVA’s “Lumuhod Ka Sa Lupa.”

Rhen says, “Yun po yung gusto ko, yung pinapagod ako ng mga tao, yung hindi na ako natutulog, nagpapahinga kasi kapag pagod ka, ibig sabihin marami kang pera, marami kang blessings. Gusto po natin yun kasi sa hirap ng buhay, di ba?

Gusto natin, marami tayong work so indeed, I am so blessed na pinagkakatiwalaan po ako ng mga tao everytime na may mga projects sila, isa po ako sa kino-consider nila and sana, magtuluy-tuloy po.

Kaya naman every time na gagawa ako, kahit puyat, kahit sunud-sunod siya, kahit minsan hindi ko na rin alam ano gagawin ko, naghalo-halo na sa utak ko yung characters, pero every time na aapak ako sa set, kailangan makita nila na ito talaga yung gusto kong gawin regardless ng pagod, regardless ng lahat lahat ng bagay at mahal na mahal ko po yung trabaho ko.

“So, wala na ring pagod, e. Wala na rin yung hirap dahil gusto ko ‘to, panindigan ko ‘to. Sana po may kasunod ulit.”

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