Baron Geisler prefers more income than acting awards

by Nerisa Almo
Jan 9, 2009
"Sana dumami pa po ang projects, para marami rin pong pera. Kasi po, gusto ko talagang magkabahay, 'yon lang ang pangarap ko," wishes Baron Geisler for the Year of th Ox.

During his early years in showbiz, Baron Geisler was seen as a promising talent in the field of acting.

Indeed, he proved his talent as an actor in the youth-oriented television shows Gimik and Tabing Ilog. In 2000, the Gawad Urian considered him for the Best Supporting Actor award for the movie Anak, wherein Baron played the son of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), played by Vilma Santos.

In the following years, however, the 26-year-old actor had fewer projects and got involved in several controversies, which tagged him as a drunkard.

As a returning actor, Baron wanted to put these negative issues behind and focus on his job as an actor. Since he got out from the controversial Pinoy Big Brother house, Baron has been part of several movie and television projects, the most recent being the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Picture Baler, and two teleseryes—Eva Fonda and Tayong Dalawa.

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Baron considers himself lucky for being given another chance to prove his worth in showbiz.

"I'm very lucky and I hope that God will bless me with more opportunities. Ang more blessing, you know, good health sa mommy ko, good health din sa akin and sa pamilya ko, and, of course, wealth," said Baron during the press conference of Tayong Dalawa held last January 7 at Teatrino Greenhills in San Juan City.

The former child star said that he just realized that he really has to develop the talent that was given to him.

"Sayang, e. I want to top it [acting], e, as much as possible, I want to top it," said Baron. "Kasi ngayon ko lang po talaga siya sineryoso. Alam ko naman meron pa dati, e. Pero ngayon ko lang siya tinanggap nang buong-puso at nirespeto dahil sa Diyos.

"I just love reading scripts. I love reading and I love acting, I love internalizing, I love the whole process, I love the whole technicality of filmmaking."

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AWARDS CAN'T BUY HOUSE. Baron's hard work since he came back paid off when he was hailed as Best Actor in the 2008 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival for the movie Jay, which he co-produced.

"I love my film Jay. I'm also the producer of that film," commented Baron. "I trust in the film, I trust in the director, and I trust our people, the Filipinos, they will watch it. Kung tinangkilik ng mga tao sa ibang bansa, dapat tangkilikin din ng mga Pilipino. Kasi nakita n'yo po ang mga award na nakuha namin, sana hindi lang respetuhin kundi ma-enjoy din ng mga Pilipino ang Jay."

He went on by describing the movie. "It's not a gay movie, I tell you, it's about a reporter's life, a director's life, how they deal with these people and how people deal with them as well. It's an amazing film, so people should really watch it and be excited for it."

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Although these awards inspire him to work harder, Baron was honest enough to say that he needs more money right now than distinction. He wants to build a house for his mother.

"Right now, to tell you honestly, I want to expect a lot of money. Money muna, kasi I've been working my ass off, to tell you the truth." And then he quipped, "Puro indie, indie, indie, e, indi sapat 'yong bayad minsan."

Baron's wish for this year: "Pero sana naman ngayon maging kasing-yaman ko si Gerald [Anderson]—may Tayong Dalawa, may bahay na siya. Ako, wala pa akong sariling bahay, 'yon po ang gusto kong ma-achieve for 2009, to buy my own house. My inspiration is my mother and especially for my family in the future. So, that's why I'm working hard, e. Minsan tarantado ako but when I work, I work. You can ask everybody."

The young actor is also grateful that his home network has given him another chance to realize his dreams.

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"Ang bait lang po ng ABS-CBN, Sir Deo [Endrinal], for trusting me. So, sana dumami pa po ang projects, para marami rin pong pera. Kasi po, gusto ko talagang magkabahay, 'yon lang ang pangarap ko. Nakuha ko na po ang awards, ang awards bale wala lang po 'yan. I mean, hindi naman sa bale wala, karangalan po 'yan. Pero hindi po natin dapat ilagay sa utak natin. Ang nasa utak ko ngayon, ang kumita ng pera at bumili ng bahay," stated Baron.

UPCOMING MOVIE. Aside from Eva Fonda and Tayong Dalawa, Baron revealed that he has just finished doing an international film titled Forgotten War, directed by Carlo Cruz.

"It'll be shown in Korea and it's about the Korean conflict and how Filipinos were brought to Korea. I play Kapitan Yap, who was the first Filipino who accepted medal of valor, the highest achievement a soldier can have," Baron informed PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal).

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