The price of fame

ONE RESULT of fame is that as you become more popular, you also gain more critics, and thereby, more enemies. That’s something that John Lloyd Cruz is finding out, and he confesses that it puzzles him sometimes.

By Aprylle Liabres (Contributor)

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Published: Wed 5 Dec 2007, 11:02 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:54 PM

priJohn Lloyd, called Lloydie for short, is currently one of showbiz’s top leading men. His recent film with Star Cinema, One More Chance (which teamed him up with perennial onscreen sweetheart Bea Alonzo) has made P130 million at the box-office in its third week of showing, and it is still drawing crowds, a rare feat for a local film. The week that One More Chance was showing in the theatres was the same time that Hollywood blockbusters like Enchanted and Beowulf were running, and yet, the movie did exceptionally well. His portrayal of Gabriel Roxas in Maging Sino Ka Man has drawn praise even from his fellow actors — MSKM co-star Philip Salvador describes him as “an excellent actor, who has the potential to become really big”. Recently, the Philippine Movie Press Club affirmed that by naming John Lloyd Best Actor in a Drama Series at the Star Awards for Television for his role in MSKM.

But as his fame grows, Lloydie also finds himself faced with critics who call him moody and claims he’s become too big for even himself. He doesn’t mind, though, because he knows it’s part of the game. “I don’t expect everyone to like me,” he says.

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