Derek Ramsay is set to star in another action-packed primetime series of TV5 titled Undercover.
After starring in the Kapatid Network's fantaserye Kidlat, the hunk actor will play another hero but this time without any costume.
As an undercover vigilante named Roy Velasco, Derek says he’s required to do more physical stunts compared to his previous fantasy character.
“Sa Kidlat, we had our fight scenes ‘tapos naka-costume kami, it’s more like porma-porma. Ito talaga suntukan, barilan, nakakapagod,” he told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other invited media during a visit to the set of Undercover last Wednesday, June 26.
He added, “We’re doing more of a close combat, hindi na ‘yong wild look, wild punches. It’s about quick hands.
“Wala na ‘yong lipad-lipad, wala na ‘yong harness, wala na ‘yong big movements. You’ll see more of mas may linya.
“Ito mas may form, tight, may mga weapons.”
To help him prepare for his new character, Derek said he watched several Hollywood action films.
“I watched Bourne [referring to the Bourne franchise starring Matt Damon]. I really wanted to get that kind of feeling. Ang ganda ng mga fight scenes sa Bourne, e.
“Ang ganda rin ng mga fight scenes ni Direk [Topel Lee], na para talagang Bourne.
“Then, mixed in a little bit of Snatch with Brad Pitt.”
Joining Derek in the cast are Arci Muñoz, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Wendell Ramos, Joross Gamboa, Gerard Acao, Evangeline Pascual, and Phillip Salvador.
THE PLOT. Undercover is about a former criminal investigator named Roy Velasco (Derek Ramsay). He is known for bringing the nation’s high profile law offenders, including smuggling lord Don Faustino a.k.a. Amang (played by Phillip Salavador).
Being a highly decorated police officer, Roy lives a perfect life with his well-off family and loving fiancée Julia (played by Arci Muñoz).
Things took a turn for the worse when he was kidnapped on his wedding day and was held captive on a cell specially designed for him.
After six years of physical and psychological torture, Roy is released without knowing the identity of his captors. He returns home only to find out that Julia is already married to his adaptive brother Alex (played by Wendell Ramos).
Forced to move on, Roy becomes motivated by his determination to find the person responsible for all his suffering. With the help of his fellow investigator Cotton (played by Gerard Acao), IT expert Claire (played by Jasmine Curtis-Smith) and con-artist Jimboy (played by Joross Gamboa), Roy sets up a team of undercover vigilantes to know the identity of his captors while putting his enemies of the law behind bars.
How will Roy figure out who is the mastermind behind his six years of captivity? Will Roy be able to get justice? What will Julia do when she learns that Roy is still alive? Will they choose to let go of their love story or will they have a forbidden romance?
TV5’s newest primetime series Undercover, premiering on Monday, July 1, after Cassandra: Warrior Angel.