5 moments we loved from The Breakup List

Find out what went behind the scenes on the Toggle Originals series

5 moments we loved from The Breakup List
5 moments we loved from The Breakup List
08 Mar 2017

5 moments we loved from The Breakup List

After weeks of enduring all sorts of post-split shenanigans with Luke (Benjamin Kheng) and Joe (Elliot Tan) in The Breakup List, we are coming to the last episode of the Toggle Originals series this Friday. For the past seven episodes, we witnessed a variety of hilarious and/or dramatic moments brought about by two guys just wanting to mend their broken hearts after getting brutally dumped, and now, we check out a few of our favourite moments, as well as what went on behind the scenes for a couple of them:

Luke and Joe’s (imaginary) magical battle
Luke and Joe’s (imaginary) magical battle
08 Mar 2017

Luke and Joe’s (imaginary) magical battle

Seen in: Episode 2

Although not exactly pivotal to the plot, this short supernatural sequence – which happens entirely in Luke’s head – featuring “Harry Potter” (Benjamin) going up against Severus Snape (Elliot) in a flashy spell-casting battle was an amusing respite from their girlfriend-hunting woes in the real world.

The brief daydream happens when Luke and Joe are out shopping for a birthday present for Luke’s mum, and they stumble across a novelty store selling movie props. Suddenly, Luke is sporting round spectacles and a recognisable forehead scar, dodging bursts of green lightning from a floppy-haired figure in black.

When we dropped by the “fight” set (a back alley in Universal Studios Singapore), there was (fortunately or unfortunately?) no real magic being flung around. All those fancy sparks had to be added in later by a special effects company, so the boys had to rely on their imagination to get the job done at first.

For both Benjamin and Elliot, it was their first time shooting a scene with visual effects (VFX) on such a large scale. Elliot admitted that he was feeling nervous about needing to know where to point and how to act without anything actually happening, and because “we don’t know who will win until post-production” (spoiler alert: they both get owned by a little kid).

See what happened behind the scenes here!

Luke and Joe meet their personal trainer from hell
Luke and Joe meet their personal trainer from hell
08 Mar 2017

Luke and Joe meet their personal trainer from hell

Seen in: Episode 3

After “losing” two attractive bikini babes to hunkier dudes at the beach, Luke and Joe vow to get ripped so they can achieve another one of their goals on their breakup list: to get laid. To help them build the body of their dreams, they hire a personal trainer (named Dick, which opens up a whole world of possibilities for slightly inappropriate jokes) who seems harmless enough at first – until they sign a contract and he turns into a merciless beast with no regard for their weaknesses.

At the risk of sounding like a sadist, we were particularly amused with their yoga class suffering (well, the side plank can be a killer). But don’t worry: while it really looks as though poor Benjamin and Elliot are half-dying during their vicious workouts, they’re just exaggerating everything – even the “sweat” is sprayed on. The duo was also able to engage in a little method acting in the middle of shooting by running on treadmills in the gym.

In an interview during our visit to the set, Benjamin admitted that the last time he went to the gym was about a month before, and that he usually just does simple exercise routines at night. At that time, he was working on losing weight for his new movie Wonder Boy, in which he plays renowned local singer-songwriter Dick Lee. Hmmm, perhaps a trainer like his onscreen counterpart’s would be able to whip him into shape in no time? Not that we want to wish that kind of suffering on him, of course…

See what happened behind the scenes here!

Luke’s jaw-dropping makeover
Luke’s jaw-dropping makeover
08 Mar 2017

Luke’s jaw-dropping makeover

Seen in: Episode 4

The big makeover scene, where a character is shown being dramatically transformed from an “ugly duckling” into a beautiful swan, is a beloved part of many movies, from Pretty Woman to The Princess Diaries. In The Breakup List, we get to see the trope being applied to a guy (Luke) this time, when Joe decides that he needs some sprucing up in the looks department for his online dating profile.

The sensually-shot sequence (complete with a slow jam playing in the background), featuring close-ups of hair being meticulously coiffured and Luke suiting up after a shopping spree, ends with Joe being shocked to the point of dropping his phone when he sees his friend emerge from the fitting room looking like a completely new man. For the rest of us, however, we were more than glad to see the return of the Benjamin Kheng as we’re used to seeing him – dapper, stylish and oh-so-handsome.

Spoiler alert: We get the kiss we’ve all been waiting for
Spoiler alert: We get the kiss we’ve all been waiting for
08 Mar 2017

Spoiler alert: We get the kiss we’ve all been waiting for

Seen in: Episode 8

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for comes in the final episode when, after overcoming various misunderstandings and obstacles, Luke musters up the courage to unleash his cheesy, but also very sweet, confession to Sarah (Jannassa Neo) and – cue drum roll – they kiss!

For Jannassa, that was the very first time she had ever smooched on screen, and while she admits that the experience was awkward (“there were like 20 pairs of eyes watching us on set!”) she also gushed about the fact that she got to snog Benjamin Kheng (lucky girl) and reported that it was still “very sweet lah, it was a very tender moment”.

When asked how they prepared for the scene, Jannassa revealed that there were some technical things to take care of, namely, “We had to discuss whether I should go to the right or to the left in case our noses bump into each other! (laughs)”

Although it was a very simple and family-friendly peck on the lips, it was enough for Jannassa to rate Benjamin’s kissing a 9.5 out of 10. Ooh la la!

The soundtrack
The soundtrack
08 Mar 2017

The soundtrack

Okay, so this isn’t a specific single “moment” per se, but we couldn’t help but notice – and enjoy – the songs peppered throughout the series. Did you know that the soundtrack is made up entirely of local artistes? #SGPRIDE!

At first, we were worried about all the extensive digging and smartphone-consulting (“Siri, what song is this?”) we would have to do to figure out the titles and singers, but Janice Chiang, who plays Luke’s ex-girlfriend Judy, was awesome enough to compile a complete playlist of the tracks (which are available on various music streaming services and stores), and we’ve listed them below for you to go and hunt down and play on repeat. Happy listening!

‘Over You’ by Cashew Chemists
‘On a Sunday’ by Lost Weekend
‘YAYA’ by THELIONCITYBOY, Benjamin Kheng
‘Mornings’ by Lost Weekend
‘In Your Arms’ by Take Two
‘Electricity’ by Nathan Hartono
‘Shame on You’ by Jaime Wong
‘Wussapa’ by ShiGGa Shay
‘Would She Know?’ by Sezairi
‘20 Seconds’ by BECKA
‘Weight of Her Love’ by Nathan Hartono
‘Red & Blue’ by ShiGGA Shay, Benjamin Kheng
‘Tiger Blood’ by graves & MYRNE
‘I’ll Be Waiting’ by Disco Hue

Related:
A dating expert’s guide to dealing with breakups
Asian celebrity breakups that made headlines
BREAKING UP WITH THE STARS: Celebs spill on their splits

Find out more about The Breakup List here.
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