Robin Padilla assures moviegoers that his latest film is anything but politically motivated.
The action star will soon grace the big screen as Gabriel Molino Alcaraz in 10,000 Hours, an official entry to the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) that will begin on December 25.
The movie is loosely based on the life of Senator Panfilo Lacson, who was forced into hiding after he was accused in a high-profile murder case at the same time he was attempting to expose corruption in the government.
This is Robin’s first time to play a politician in a movie. “Madalas, politician ang pinapatay ko [sa mga pelikula ko],” Robin shares in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
Wanting to give justice to the role, Robin worked closely with director Joyce Bernal to get into his character: a cop-turned-senator.
“Kailangan medyo dignified, pati yung pag-upo, pagsasalita—yun yung mga binago ni Direk Joyce. Yung salamin, malaki ang tulong nun,” Robin adds.
While the actor did sit down with Senator Lacson to let him know about the project, Robin emphasizes, “Ang kinuha lang dito ay yung paglaban niya sa corruption. Fictionalized ito. Yun lang ang nakita naming worth kunin. Naging inspirasyon lang namin yung kanyang pinaglaban sa Senado kaya siya naging wanted at tumakbo sa ibang bansa.”
This being said, the movie is far from having any political color. The actor says, “Hindi ako magpapagamit sa pulitiko. Kahit naman nung kampanya wala kayong narinig na binayaran ako.”
Most of the scenes were filmed in Amsterdam, a personal choice of the director. Robin says the cast and crew received a warm welcome from Filipinos there. “Ang babait nila, dadalan ka ng kape. Pag nasa abroad, iba ang Pinoy. Nasa kabilang kanto ka pa lang, [binabati ka na nila,] parang ang tagal niyo na magkakilala.”
Robin believes the movie will win Best Picture in the annual film festival. “Wala akong ibig sabihing maanghang pero sa istorya nito, eksakto sa mga nagaganap po sa atin ngayon. Isang bagay na parang itinugma, isinulat na mangyayari. Makapagbibigay ito ng kasagutan sa marami nating tanong,” concludes Robin.