Allen Dizon is a true-blooded Kapampangan who was born and raised in Pampanga.
In his latest film titled Area, Allen delves into the world of prostitutes working in the infamous red-light district of Pampanga.
When it was at the peak of its popularity, this neighborhood had up to 700 brothels servicing low-income men seeking to be satisfied.
Allen was candid enough to admit that he had experience paying for a prostitute when he was younger.
"Kasinungalingan kung sasabihin ko na hindi ako tumikim ng babae sa Area noong bagets pa ako. Kapampangan ako, kami ng aking ay barkada dumadayo talaga dun nuong araw. Hindi naman madalas pero parte iyong ng 'adventure' ng mga lalaki dito sa Angeles."
In this film directed by Louie Ignacio, Allen plays a "kasador" or a brothel operator. A former cop, he is also a widower and allows his son to work as a pimp. He also takes care of his mother who is undergoing dialysis.
Ai-Ai delas Alas plays one of the prostitutes who is saving up money so she can look for her missing child.
Their film earned the Special Jury Prize in the film fest held in Kazakhstan.
(Read: Ai-Ai delas Alas indie film Area wins Special Jury Prize in 12th Eurasia International Film Fest)
The drama film Area is scheduled to open in select cinemas this Wednesday, November 9.
It is graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board and rated R-18 by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.
ACTUAL PENITENSYA. To add authenticity to his role, Allen experienced flagellation or hitting oneself with a whip as part of a religious ritual.
He explained why his character does this practice during the Holy Week:
"Guilt ridden ang karakter ko sa kuwento dahil sa ikinabubuhay namin kaya may panata ako na mag-penitensya tuwing Semana Santa. Very popular sa Pampanga ang Penitensya kapag Holy Week na siyang time frame ng pelikula."
In an interview with PEP, Allen pointed out: "Ayoko ng double kaya sabi ko ako na ang gagawa.
"Masakit, masakit siya....para realistic."
When asked to describe this experience, he narrated:
"Nagpapalo muna ako mamanhid tapos sinugatan ng blade.
"Siguro mga 12-15 na hiwa ng blade."
He explained that he was hit repeatedly on the back "para mamanhid siya. Pag manhid na, susugatan na. Tinapos ko muna yung lahat nung shooting tapos sa hapon ako naligo.
"Dapat kasi continuous kasi hihinto yung dugo kapag tinigil hampasin."