The mysterious bagua from Feng Shui is back, and this time it’s Coco Martin’s turn to experience the mystery behind it.
Coco makes his horror movie debut and stars with Kris Aquino in Feng Shui 2, one of the official entries to the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
How did Coco get into his character as Lester for Feng Shui 2, considering that most of his work has been in the field of drama?
“Pag gumagawa ako ng [pelikula], kailangan kahit five percent [truthful yung role] sa totoong pagkatao ko. Para kahit paano, nakaka-adapt ka. May parte sa puso o pagkatao mo na nilalagay mo sa character mo, para kabisado mo siya,” says the 33-year-old actor.
What spells the difference between drama and horror movies?
“Laging may karga [sa horror]. Suspense, e. Laging meron kang kinatatakutan, kaya di puwedeng normal lang,” answers Coco, who feels proud to work with Kris, who is the “reyna ng horror movies” as far as he is concerned, and renowned horror film director Chito Roño.
Coco reveals that his character in Feng Shui 2 is similar to his real-life persona. “Laki siya sa hirap. Para matulungan ang nanay niya, rumaraket siya ng kung anu-ano. Kahit ilegal, papasukin,” he says.
In one of his assignments, he was tasked to retrieve an antique object, which he was unable to get at first. Not one to ask questions, he reported back to his boss that someone else had beaten him to it.
“Sabi sa akin, ‘nakawin mo.’ So ninakaw ko doon sa Chinese na nakakuha. Na-curious ako kung ano yun. Tapos, dumating na sa buhay ko yung suwerte,” Coco explains.
The object in question is the bagua, an antique mirror that brings good luck to the one who has it, but bad luck to those around its owner.
In an earlier interview, Kris said that Feng Shui 2 is not a sequel but a continuation of the story of her character Joy, who once again finds herself connected to the mysterious bagua.
“Hindi ako matatakutin pero pag gumagawa ka pala ng horror, matatakot ka rin pag kumpleto na ang prosthetics at madilim na sa set. This time, dalawa na sila na Lotus Feet, kaya mas nakakatakot,” Coco ends.
(Read: Feng Shui 2: Not a sequel but a continuation, says Kris Aquino)