Monday, June 30, 2008
Mario in mourning as his new movie Friendship opens
Sad news ahead of this week's opening of Love of Siam actor Mario Maurer's new movie Friendship: His father has died.
Roland Maurer, a 70-year-old German exporter, had been battling diabetes for some time. He died on Friday morning in a hospital in Nakhon Nayok Province. He is survived by Mario, 19, Mario's older brother Marco, 24, and Chinese-Thai wife Warunya.
Bangkok of the Mind and Lyn’s Lakorn Blog have more on this.
In Friendship Mario stars with "Saipan" Apinya Sakuljaroensuk from Ploy, 4bia and the upcoming Boonchu 9. The story is similar to Fan Chan: a guy, now in adulthood (played by "Jay" Jetrin Wattanasin), flashes back on his younger days and remembers his first love. A nod to Fan Chan is in the casting of Chalermpon Thikumpornteerawong, who played the bully Jack in that hit 2003 movie. Here, he plays Mario's best friend.
The movie is directed by Chatchai Naksuriya and is produced by Right Beyond, a film-distribution company that is branching into production.
Friendship opens in cinemas in Thailand on Thursday.