Nasa Pilipinas ngayon ang international martial arts expert na si Cynthia Rothrock.
Kasama ang tinaguriang Queen of Martial Arts Films sa Hollywood movie na Showdown in Manila, na kasalukuyang ginagawa dito sa bansa, sa direksiyon ng actor at martial artist na si Mark Dacascos.
Humarap si Cynthia at ang iba pang cast ng pelikula sa local press noong Linggo, March 22, sa Hotel Intercon, Makati City.
Bungad niya during the presscon proper, “Well, first of all, this is my first time here.
"And back in the 1990s, I have a lot of films that were quite popular in the Philippines.
"So, I’m so excited to finally get here. I’m really happy to be here."
Kuwento pa ni Cynthia, “We just got in last night… so we haven’t even say hi to everybody here yet.
"It’s my first time to see everybody, but it’s an honor to be here with this cast.
"Most of the people are really good friends of mine and I’m sure they’ll become really good friends of mine.
"Finally I’m in the Philippines. So, it’s so exciting for me.”
Ang iba pang cast members na present during the press conference ay sina Tia Carrere (Arnold Schwarzenegger’s co-star in True Lies), Casper Van Dien (bida sa Tarzan at Starship Troopers), Cary-Hiroyuko Tagawa, Matthias Hues, Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson, Oliver Grunner, at ang dating Russian bodybuilder na si Alexander Nevsky.
May local stars din na kasama sa pelikula gaya nina Iza Calsado, Jake Macapagal, Mon Confiado, at Will Devaughn.
Tinangkilik ng Pinoy moviegoers ang mga pelikula ni Cynthia noon gaya ng Yes, Madam (also known as Police Assasins) with Michelle Yeoh, at ang No Retreat No Surrender 2.
BACK IN ACTION. Noong late ‘90s ay tumigil si Cynthia sa paggawa ng pelikula para sa kanyang anak na si Skylar Sophia, her daughter with husband Ernest Rothrock na isang kung-fu instructor.
Lahad niya, “What happened is in 1999, I had a little girl.
"So I stopped doing films for a while.
"Now, my little girl is 15, so I’m back doing films again.
"I did four films in the last two years, this is my fifth, and then I have two more slated for this year.
“So, it’s good to get back...
"I took some time off because I wanted to be mom and, you know, I don’t want to be travelling around without her," kuwento ni Cynthia sa one-on-one interview niya sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
What does her daughter say about her being a famous martial arts expert?
“She knows but she doesn’t really like that much.
"She just kinda like just to be mom instead of, you know, Cynthia the martial arts celebrity.
"But you know what, I trained her.
"She knows self-defense and that’s about all she wants to take with the martial arts. That’s important."
What were the films she did for the last two years?
“I just completed a film called the Martial Arts Kid. And that would be probably out sometime toward the end of this year.
"I did a film that’s out right now called Mercenaries [with Kristanna Loken, Brigitte Nielsen, Vivica A. Fox, and Zoe Bell].
“And then, I did Santa Summer Home , which was a Christmas little movie.
"And then, I did Bad Ass Showdown, which is funny because this is Showdown in Manila!
“I have a couple of projects that are upcoming.”
How did they get you for this project?
“Actually, Alexander, he has brought me over to Russia a lot of times, we're friends.
“We went to Russia to do some publicity, write for him… and, actually, Matthias and I went over with Adrian Paul and we became friends.
"Marc Dacascos and I are friends…
"But, I think, the reason why I am here in this movie, Alexander talked to some of his friends like Matthias, Don, you know, we’re all friends.”
What’s her role in the movie?
“My role here, actually, Alexander and Casper are going after the bad guys and they need help.
"And Don, I, and Oliver are part of this whole team. So he needs us to come in and help him apprehend the bad guys.
“It will all be fun. I like it because we’re gonna be all like in military guard, you know.
"That we will be doing a lot of fighting, a lot of night work, stunts. That’s the kind of stuff I like to do.”
At this point in her life, Cynthia says she would still want to continue doing what she does best.
“I’ll still be fighting and stuff like that.
“But it’s always kinda nice to do a little bit more, to get more with weapons, because, you know, I am a weapon specialist now.
"I’d like to do that now. I don’t get to do that in a lot of my films.
"But here, Showdown in Manila, I will probably do some Filipino styles, so that’s gonna be great."