Sa Pagdapo ng Mariposa tackles the story of sepak takraw athlete Agustin Vergeire (Marcus Madrigal) who takes a bad fall during one of his games. The accident renders him paralyzed for six months and dependent on therapist-attending nurse Carlito Mariposa (Josh Deocareza).
The film follows the development of the pair's relationship, which takes unexpected turns as Agustin, now confused and unable to control his natural male urges, engages in intimate moments with his caregiver.
In a recent interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Marcus reveals that his debut in the indie scene allowed him to learn so much from the entire experience. "Nakakatuwa kasi iba yung [paraan kung] paano sila mag-shoot. Nire-rehearse muna namin yung mga scenes bago kami pumunta sa shooting day."
As part of his preparation, he learned how to play sepak takraw with actual members of the Philippine team but he was modest about the skills that he learned. "Mga basic lang po...yung mga bicycle kick. Sommersault? Wala."
Prior to Sa Pagdapo ng Mariposa, Marcus could be seen as a semi-regular in GMA-7's action-fantaserye Kamandag. He was also featured in Jeffrey Jeturian's film Pila-Balde, which earned for him Best Actor nominations from the Gawad Urian and the Young Critics Circle. But whenever he's not acting for TV or movies, he keeps himself busy by performing on stage. He has been part of the theater productions of Kanser, Noli Me Tangere, Florante at Laura, and Laro.
As for Marcus's co-star, Josh Deocareza, he has already established himself in the indie scene and in the world of theater. He has appeared in various commercials including those for KFC, Hershey's Kisses, McDonald's, and Globe, among others. But unlike Marcus, Josh is no stranger to the independent movie industry. He has starred in the films Metlogs, Rome and Juliet, Chopsuey, and was chosen to play the lead role in Baliw.
Marcus discussed the much talked about love scene between him and his fellow actor Josh. "Siyempre yung kay Josh...siyempre pareho kaming lalaki ‘di ba? Kasi yung character ko dito, may pagkamahilig siya, e. Kaya dumating sa point na nagkaroon kami ng relasyon ni Josh," he narrates. Agustin, the character of Marcus, is really fond of sex and in the first part of the movie, he is shown in a steamy love scene with his girlfriend, played by Lily Chu. They grope and kiss each other while inside his car.
What did Marcus feel prior to the actual filming of his love scene with Josh?
"Siyempre, nakakakaba. Nung una, nakakailang kasi hindi ko naman siya [Josh] kilala. Nag-workshop muna kami para yung chemistry namin okay...okay naman kasi [dahil] masayang katrabaho sila Will [Fredo]. Para kaming naglalaro lang. Parang kami-kami lang. 'Tsaka sinu-shoot na namin lahat ng scenes na kailangan sa araw na yun. Nire-rehearse na namin kaagad. Preparado talaga."
However, the 26-year old actor is quick to dispel any misconceptions about his role. "Confused siya, pero parang at that moment, wala siyang choice. Kumbaga, tao lang. It has gay undertones pero hindi siya bading, hindi din siya closet [gay]."
Apparently, the character of Agustin is not even bisexual. "Parang typical guy na mahilig sa ganun. Kasi siyempre, tao ka lang, e. May nature na maghanap ka ng sex, parang ganun," Marcus points out.
Both actors admit though that regardless of their hesitations and reservations, they were won over by the fact that the film challenged their acting skills. They say Sa Pagdapo ng Mariposa has a well-written story that is very much character-driven.
Josh boasts, "Even the so-called sensitive scenes were very well handled." To that, Marcus adds, "Nasa characters yung mystery nito. You have to watch it to see how it will unfold."
The actor who plays the nurse Carlito Mariposa narrates: "Ako, nailang talaga ako noong una kasi muntikan na akong hindi tumuloy sa project because of that [the love scene]. I mean, the only guy I've kissed before is my dad! [laughter] To kiss a stranger is a different thing, especially if he's of the same gender. It took me four days... but on the second day, Will [the director] told me, the longer that you hesitate, the longer you will prolong it. Tawa ako nang tawa sa set, e. So I took a deep breath and yun...it took us four takes."
His character, Carlito, also has a girlfriend in this movie played by CJ Mercado, the daughter of the late Eddie Mercado.
As a closing note, what are Marcus's sentiments towards the current upsurge of indie films, especially those that explore homosexual themes?
"Okay naman. Wala naman sa akin yung third sex o kung ano man. Maski before naman mayroon na rin niyan, e. Kumbaga ngayon na lang talaga ‘yan nag-boom."
The screening of HUBO Productions' film Sa Pagdapo ng Mariposa will be rescheduled for the month of May.