John Lloyd Cruz Takes On Mentally Challenged Role In "The Trial"The roles of John Lloyd Cruz and Jessy Mendiola for Star Cinema's "The Trial" are quite different from what they have been used to.
The story revolved around the 27-year-old mentally challenged Ronald Jimenez (JLC), who was accused of raping his grade school teacher Bessie (Jessy).
Richard Gomez and Gretchen Barretto also star as a couple who already wanted to end their marriage. Richard plays Julia, the lawyer of Ronald, while Gretchen is Amanda, a developmental psychologist and the mother of Martin (Enrique Gil).
Ronald's parents are played by Vince de Jesus and Sylvia Sanchez.
"The Trial" is directed by Chito Rono. It will have its premiere night on October 14 in SM Megamall. It will open in theaters nationwide on October 15.
Jessy said her character will be the source of conflict in the film because of what happened between her and JLC. She revealed during a press conference that working with JLC is part of her bucket list, and that she entered showbiz particularly to have the chance to work with him.
She watched him in "Maging Sino Ka Man" in 2006. Jessy said JLC is an incredible actor.
As for JLC, he said this is the first time he will take on a role like this. It's very different from the ones he did before.
It's more difficult for him knowing that others have done this in the past--both in television and movie. He wanted to deliver something new to his character.
JLC said it's different to portray a mildly mentally challenged individual because Ronald only has a slight rather than a full-blown mental disorder. He is only 5% or 10% away from the normal IQ.
If you see his character, JLC said the viewers would notice that he is not exactly mentally retarded. He consulted with a psychologist, so he can better understand his role.
The actor said he feels lucky to have worked with Richard way back in "Palibhasa Lalake," and to have worked with other seasoned and classical artists.
JLC knew about Gerald Anderson's portrayal in "Budoy" and Piolo Pascual in "24/7 In Love." However, he doesn't want to watch these films again because his process might be corrupted. He already invested time and energy in researching for the role, so he wants to internalize it as much as possible.
One of his "pegs" in portraying his character was Daniel Day-Lewis in the movie "My Left Foot."