Instalado (2017) is the first science fiction movie made in the Philippines. It is also the first film featuring Hashtags member McCoy de Leon as the lead star.
Directed by Jason Paul Laxamana, Instalado tells of a futuristic Philippines dominated by a form of technology that installs learning inside people’s brains. These installations replace conventional education that usually requires years of study. When quick information download provided by large corporations becomes in demand, the movie shows how these installations affect every aspect of Philippine society. McCoy plays the role of Viktor, a farmer lured by the promise of becoming an “instalado.”
During the movie’s press conference held at Cinematheque Manila last January 23, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked McCoy if ever a real life situation allows him to be an “instalado,” what would he download inside his brain?
McCoy answered, “Siguro engineer, pagiging engineer talaga kasi pangarap ko magpatayo ng bahay para sa pamilya ko.”
According to the film’s director, he spefically chose McCoy to star in the film.
“Kinuha ko siya talaga,” Laxamana explained. “Nung kinukuha namin si McCoy, ano lang talaga, baka sakali lang. We were expecting to be turned down. Kasi nga parang isa siya sa mga leading male actors sa ABS-CBN. Baka masyadong outlandish yung idea na mag-star siya sa isang independent film, sa isang advocacy film festival, pero tinanggap nila.”
This event happened to be the last press conference of Maryo J. Delos Reyes before he died of a heart attack last January 27.
He served as the festival director of the 2017 ToFarm Festival where Instalado won the 3rd best picture award.
Direk Maryo described McCoy’s performance in the movie in glowing terms.
“I also want to congratulate McCoy. Ang lakas ng loob niya to get into something na di conventional, di parang telenovelas sa TV na ginagawa natin. What he’s doing now in The Good Son, it’s also experimental. For him to dare go into a project na kikita ba eto o hindi, sasama ba ako sa isang flop o sa isang box office. I congratulate him. He’s an actor who wants to dare and explore. I like that freshness of idea and that daringness that he has.”
Laxamana described his experience working with McCoy.
“Nung dinirect ko siya, of course, may nakita akong habits niya na medyo di ko gusto. Pero isang sabi ko lang sa kanya, nag-adjust siya. It made me want to work with him more in the future.”
McCoy expressed his gratitude to Direk John Paul Laxamana for giving him the opportunity to star in his first independent movie.
“Thankful talaga ako kay direk na pinagkatiwala niya, yun pala yung word na sobra na nakakatuwa lang. Pinagkatiwala sa akin yung role na ito. Binigay ko lahat dito. Marami akong natutunan sa movie na ito. So sabik ako na magkaroon uli, sana.”
Laxamana is similarly looking forward to working again with McCoy.
“Marunong makinig si McCoy. In-explain ko sa kanila yung difference ng teleserye acting saka acting na hinahanap ko for this film. I love working with first timers. Nag-eenjoy ako gumawa ng pelikula kasama sila. `Pag blank canvass you can work something out.
“Sana makagawa pa kami ng bago, yung mash-showcase range ng kanyang acting. Try naman natin mas dark in the future.”
TOPLESS SCENE. McCoy is seen topless in one of the scenes in the film, specifically where he is shown bathing a carabao.
“First time ko po, first movie, first time ko mag topless. Sobra tease lang yun, di naman sobra na sexy. Pinapakita ko lang paano magpaligo ng kalabaw.”
When members of the entertainment media asked if he went to the gym to prepare for the scene, McCoy quips, “Actually, di ako humihinga habang kinukunan ang eksena pero nagawa naman. Napansin naman yung kalabaw, hindi ako.”
McCoy adds, “Isa pang memorable scene, ka-eksena ko si Junjun Quintana. Kung paano siya mag act. Yung parang nababaliw na siya kasi naramdaman ko yung epekto ng instalasyon, kung maganda ba o hindi.”
ON HASHTAGS MEMBERS. There have been rumors that two Hashtag members got their respective partners pregnant, and they might be removed from the group.
What is McCoy’s reaction to this?
“Actually, ngayon ko lang yata narinig yun pero sa akin siguro, nasa kanila naman yun. Di naman sapat na reason yun para magbawas kami kasi blessing naman yun. Pero di ko sigurado. Ako wala din akong alam din na may ganun nangyari.”
When asked about his reaction on the new Hashtags members and if he feels threatened or afraid that they’d be given projects instead of him, McCoy points out, “Hindi po. Di ko naman iniisip sarili ko. Proud nga po kasi ako naranasan nila mga ganun opportunity na naranasan namin nung bago kami. So suportahan po kami sa bawat isa. Angatan lang, hilahan pataas.”
What projects will McCoy be doing in the future?
“Ngayon po may mga plans sa future. Di ko rin masabi. Di ko masigurado. Ngayon nagpapasalamat ako sa Instalado, The Goodson, Panday din. Yun yung mga projects na pinapasalamatan ko.”