A sequel to the Laotian-Thai romance Sabaidee Luang Prabang (Good Morning Luang Prabang) is to start shooting next month in Laos, with up-and-coming leading man "Pe" Arak Amornsupasiri stepping into the male lead role held by Ananda Everingham in the first film.
Pe points out that he's not replacing Ananda. "I wouldn't dare," he's quoted as saying by Dirtii Laundry. He plays a different character than Ananda's Lao-Australian photographer. But the actress is the same -- Lao beauty queen Khamly Philavong.
"It's about a Thai man spending his life in Laos," the actor and rock musician is quoted as saying in an item in today's Daily Xpress.
In a TV interview, Pe said there will be three Sabaidee Luang Prabang films, and that Khamly will be in all of them, and she’ll have a different leading man in each one.
When Pe eventually does face Khamly on the location, he might have some explaining to do after statements he made in the Thai press that "Thai girls are much more beautiful."
The gaffe came after reporters asked Pe how his girlfriend, Rak/Sam/Sao co-star Koy Ratchawin, felt about his going away to work in Laos.
Read the comments at Dirtii Laundry to get a sense of the reaction.
Update: Koy tried to apologize for her boyfriend's remarks, according to Dirtii Laundry.