When asked why he accepted his first indie film titled El Brujo, Gerald Anderson explained, “Una si Direk Tikoy [Aguiluz], maganda ‘yong istorya ‘tapos may action pa. Matagal ko na ring gustong mag-indie para masubukan ko ‘yong working style nila.”

Photo: Jerome Ascano

Gerald Anderson once again sports a clean shaven face as he wraps up shooting of his first independent film El Brujo.

For the past couple of months, the 23-year-old actor grew his beard and moustache for his character in the said action movie directed by Tikoy Aguiluz.

Aside from sporting a new look, Gerald also did his own stunts, fulfilling his dream of becoming an action star.

“Action-wise, maraming stunts. Almost every day may stunt kami,” Gerald tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview during his photoshoot for a Summit Media magazine yesterday, June 19.

“Si Direk Tikoy, kumuha ng fighting instructor mula sa Thailand pa. Siya rin ‘yong sa Ong-Bak.”

Ong-Bak is a Thai serial movie about a Muay Thai warrior.

Gerald continued, “Noong nalaman namin [ni Jake Cuenca] ‘yon, noong una, nahihiya kami na parang, ‘kaya ba natin ‘yan?’

“Kahit papaano, mabilis din kami ni Jake na mag-pick up ng fight scenes. Nagawa naman namin ng tama.

“Siguro kasi medyo athletic din ako kaya nakakapag-adjust ako. Si Jake din ganun.”

In El Brujo, Gerald said the audience can expect a fast-paced movie.

“May mga harness kami, may knife fighting, putukan, barilan, may wrestling pa kami sa tubig,” he added with excitement.

BACK TO ROM-COM. After doing action stunts, Gerald will be paired anew with Kim Chiu in Star Magic’s 20th anniversary movie offering, which has the working title Crazy Love.

In this mainstream movie, he will be playing the role of a macho dancer.

“First time kong gumanap na gano’ng klaseng role,” Gerald revealed.