Ang pananakit ng paa at ang apat na oras na makeup transformation para makopya niya ang mukha ng Hollywood actress na si Julia Roberts ang ilan sa mga sakripisyo na ginawa ni Paolo Ballesteros.
Ang TV host ang nanalo bilang Best Actor sa 29th Tokyo International Film Festival para sa dramedy na Die Beautiful.
HAPPY AND HONORED. Sa Tokyo, Japan ginanap ang world premiere ng Filipino film na Die Beautiful na tungkol sa transgender woman named Trisha (played by Paolo Ballesteros).
"You know, every time I do a transformation, it takes me about three to four hours, all by myself," kuwento ni Paolo sa presscon para sa winners at jury members na ginanap kahapon, November 3, 2016.
"So you could just imagine I just flew in this morning, around 12 midnight and I have to wake up at around 7 am to do my makeup so it’s challenging.
"And the Best Actor award means so much to me because, first, it’s my first movie that I’m the lead and the first showing was here in Japan.
"I mean, it’s international, not in the Philippines and I got the best actor award so I’m so happy and I’m so honored."
(Read: Paolo Ballesteros named Best Actor; Birdshot wins in Tokyo Film Fest 2016)
THIRD GOLDEN ERA OF FILIPINO MOVIES. Hiningi naman ng international media ang opinyon nina Paolo, Jun Lana (Die Beautiful director) at Perci Intalan (Die Beautiful producer) tungkol sa "Third Golden Era of Philippine Cinema" na napansin nila sa nakaraan na sampung taon.
Paliwanag ni Direk Jun, "I think it started with the advent of digital technology and digital cinema when filmmaking became cheaper and more practical.
"It allowed new talents, new filmmakers from the Philippines to just really follow their vision and make films outside of the studio system, outside of mainstream cinema and that’s why we’re seeing different styles, different stories.
"Stories that are outside the box and that’s the kind of film that we’re seeing in the international scene, films that’s been winning awards from different film festival."
Pinuri rin niya ang mga Pinoy filmmakers na patuloy na kinikilala sa mga international film festivals.
"Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz, these great masters paved the way for filmmakers like me to express ourselves in different ways outside of mainstream cinema and that’s why we’re here."
Para naman kay Paolo, mas nagiging bukas ang mga manonood sa mga pelikula na may out-of-the-box themes at hindi formulaic.
"For me as an actor and as an audience in the Philippines, I believe that the Philippine audience and Filipino actors are now more open to different kind of films, different kind of stories so that’s why I think we’re getting a lot of good movies now."
Napansin rin ni Perci, na former TV executive, na malaking tulong ang mga workshops na ginagawa sa industriya.
"Another factor that helps in the improvement, in the development of Philippine cinema is that the filmmakers are also starting to mentor other filmmakers so there was, even before our time, there was Marilou Diaz Abaya, one of our great directors.
"She was the mentor of Jun Robles Lana and also one of the directors here of I America, Ivan Andrew Payawal, studied under Marilou Diaz Abaya and then did writing workshop and was trained by Jun in his writing workshops.
"There’s a mentoring that’s happening in Philippine Cinemas.The masters are starting to teach a new generation and the new generation are starting to help other filmmakers so its spreading and that is why you see more and more films."
(To watch Paolo Ballesteros attending the awarding ceremony as Julia Roberts, CLICK HERE)