GMA-7 actress Ai-Ai delas Alas saw firsthand how ABS-CBN actor Coco Martin works on the set.
Ai-Ai and Coco will topbill the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry, 3Pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon, which will also star Jennylyn Mercado.
Apart from being one of the main actors, Coco is also the producer and director of this MMFF 2019 entry.
Ai-Ai saw how hands-on Coco is when it comes to the project since he is the lead star, producer, and director.
She describes the Kapamilya actor as meticulous and a perfectionist.
“Bukod sa masaya, hyper-hyper yun, e, si Baby Boy,” said Ai-Ai, referring to Coco.
“Gusto niya mabilis, gusto niya maaga… maaga natatapos para maaga nakakapagpahiga ang mga artista.
“E, masyadong metikuloso ‘yon, masyadong perfectionist,” said Ai-Ai during her contract renewal for the fifth year as the endorser of Hobe Bihon of MFC Products. The contract signing was held at Tribu Babaylan Spa, Restaurant, and Café in Quezon City last November 20.
Asked how Coco is as a director, Ai-Ai reiterated, “Perfectionist ‘yon.
“Ako, binibigay ko yung tiwala ko sa kanya as a director at siyempre, nakikisama ako na kung ano ang gusto niya, yun ang gagawin ko.”
The comedienne recalled how meticulous Coco was when it came to shooting their scenes.
“Bihira lang niya ako i-correct, siguro mga dalawang beses lang.
“Tini-take two niya lang na, ‘Mommy, mas maganda ‘to,’ sasabihin niya.”
Ai-Ai happily obliged with Coco's requests, knowing that another take would improve the scenes.
Since Coco had to do the film and at the same time, tape for the ABS-CBN top-rating primetime teleserye FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, Ai-Ai observed that Coco was dealing with a lot of stress.
“Stressed. Stressed iyon, pero kinakaya naman niya.
“Natatawa nga siya sa sarili niya, minsan hindi na niya naaalagaan ang itsura niya sa pelikula. Oily daw siya do’n sa isang part,” Ai-Ai said with a smile.
Is Coco a cool actor-director?
“Ay, oo, saka metikuloso kasi nga gusto niya perfect ang shot,” she emphasized.
Is he demanding on the set?
“Hindi naman demanding. Cool lang, nasa tama lang...” replied the Kapuso actress.
In the film, Ai-Ai and Coco are cast as mother and son.
She is thankful to Coco for giving her time to shine in the film.
“Ginawan talaga niya ako ng moment, may moment ako doon.
“Gusto niya kasing ipakita ang pagiging nanay ko do’n sa kanya.
“Natuwa nga ako nung kinuha niya ako, e.
“Sabi ko, ‘Baby Boy, thank you, kinuha mo ako sa MMFF, excited ako.’
“Sabi niya, Thank you, Mommy. Mas thank you kasi nagtiwala ka sa akin.’”
Aside from displaying utmost professionalism behind and in front of the camera, Coco was praised by Ai-Ai for maintaining an efficient working environment on the set.
“Sa set, maganda yung ano niya, mga food namin...saka maganda rin yung time frame niya.
“Kunyari five o’clock ang call time namin, five o’clock may tent na kami, may aircon na kami.
“Totoong five o’clock, hindi yung bola-bolahan lang, na ‘pag five o’clock ang call-time, nandoon lahat, pero walang nakatayong tent.
“Eto, ‘pag five o’clock sinabi niya, andun lahat, uupo ka na lang, kakain ka na lang.”