The failure of Isabel Pantoja on the Great Screen: How Víctor Manuel passed the success to sink at the box office and the role of Encarna Sánchez

30 years ago, singer Víctor Manuel produces the greatest film failure of 1991: the day I was born. Conceived to elevate Isabel Pantoja, it was an almost unpre

The failure of Isabel Pantoja on the Great Screen: How Víctor Manuel passed the success to sink at the box office and the role of Encarna Sánchez

30 years ago, singer Víctor Manuel produces the greatest film failure of 1991: the day I was born. Conceived to elevate Isabel Pantoja, it was an almost unprecedented commercial debacle. Only one year earlier, they had burst together all the box office records with I am that. What changed to pass from heaven to the hell of another title? Only one thing: the jealousy, demands and impositions of Encarna Sánchez.

Víctor Manuel had been consecrated as a successful interpreter. The marriage of him with the artist Ana Belén turned them into a powerful and respected partner. But it was not enough for the Asturian, who dreamed of bursting the cinematographic lockers. After a meeting at Hotel Wellington, sponsored by Juan Pedro the hairdresser and a great friend of the Pantoja, the then widow of Spain said that she does star to star. I am that.

Víctor Manuel's wife was not missing in the shooting, supporting investment with her professionalism. It was a lot of money that was played on marriage and she personally taught the details. One of the actors who made extra in the film, Eloy Fernández, perfectly remembers for Loc the tension on the set by the producers when they recorded in Seville: "Ana Belén walked very martial on stage which sergeant, with the arms linked behind him, as a magazine and supervising each of the parons that had, trying nothing to be delayed and cost them more money. " For him it was amazing to see her work: "I guess we expected another thing, I do not tell you that she started to sing open the wall but, of course, she imposed".

Everything influenced to inflate a film that cost 300 million pesetas and raised more than 650. Although the film competed that year with films of the size of Oh, Carmela! Saura or Tie Me Up ! From Almodóvar, the podium of the annual box office was for me I am that. Therefore, she quickly proposes to Isabel Pantoja a second script, that she accepts enchanted. It is about the day I was born.

However, this time it was not so easy to record like the previous one. Víctor Manuel remembers him as follows: "Isabel, during the first shoot, was happy surrounded by colleagues and felt true need to like everyone: actors, technicians or someone who passed on the street during the recording of an exterior". Nad from this happened during the second film: "Isabel's personal situation had changed, she was more vulnerable and the media shaped it continuously. Filming was going a lot to look for it, Encario Sánchez."

Encarna did not help at all. He placed her right hand, the producer of Radio María Navarro, as a dog of dam of Isabel. They imposed all kinds of demands, she did not leave her alone with anyone and this affected filming, but the fattest came when you made the distribution of characters. Encarna was super wounded by the excellent relationship of pantoja and crowned. On this occasion, the danger that Isabel succumbed to the Galán was double, because the plot of the film was about a loving triangle. So Encarna was not satisfied until she was given a role to Arturo Fernández, intimate friend of her.

Given the situation, the producer Víctor Manuel sat a day alone in his office to Isabel Pantoja halfway: "Do you know that that woman, embodies, is a bad person, right?" He said. Isabel's response was a laconic: "That has been told." And they did not talk about it anymore.

When the film premieres, it is a sound failure. In fact, Isabel says at that moment that there is a plot against her: "They want to end up with me, I have to go from Spain," he denounced in Interviú. Víctor Manuel, on the other hand, referred to her and what happened in this way to EFE: "I have an excellent memory of it, what happens is that, for insurmountable differences, we stopped seeing each other and talking to us. It was by means of a Terrorific, Encario Sánchez, who had a lot of responsibility in all this and that is why I have never seen Isabel again ". It seems that about triangles of relationships, fiction and real life.

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Juanele Zafra is the author directly, Encarna Sánchez (Almuzza)

Updated Date: 03 November 2021, 23:20

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