Ketchup Eusebio not eyeing lead roles, wants to become a director

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Ketchup Eusebio on showbiz: “Parang ito na rin yung college ko, parang ito na yung ginagalawan…”

He is set to star in Sun Shorts film dubbed Oh My Goth.


Most stars aspire for lead roles… but not Ketchup Eusebio.

The guy who grew up as ka-berks and considers showbiz as his “college” is happy at the rate his 10-year career is going.

He has no dream role whatsoever. “Sa ‘kin po, yung sa acting po, siguro parang lahat ng bago sa ‘kin is always exciting…” remarks Ketchup in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Cinema One News, and ABS-CBN.com on July 6.

Ketchup resumes, “Yun yung parang goal na bago nang bago nang bago ng role. Nakakatawid po ako sa iba’t ibang klaseng role.

“Sa ‘kin po, every time na may bago, yun po yung nagda-drive para magtrabaho.”

Playing support, he says, has its perks. And that’s one of the reasons why being a bida doesn’t figure in his plans.

His explanation: “Na-enjoy ko yung part na nandun ka sa ka-banter, kabatuhan. Masarap po yung pakiramdam ng reacting, nagre-react ka, kasama sa eksena.

“Ewan ko, sa tingin ko, mahaba yung career usually nung nasa support roles kagaya ng mga idol ko— sina Tito Ronnie Lazaro, Joel Torre, Sir Pen Medina.

“So sila po, pag nakaka-jamming namin, nakakakuwentuhan namin, natutuwa ako sa tinakbo ng career nila.

“At sila rin yung nagkukuwento sa amin, ‘Oy, ito, yung batch niyo ayusin niyo ‘yan ha…’ Kami nina Ping Medina, nina Baron Geisler, nina Joem Bascon…”

The guy has so far won a Best Supporting Actor award, and has been making waves in the indie film circuit.

Isn’t he aiming to become famous with his own brand of comedy?

He shakes his head, and looks embarrassed when one of the writers praises his comic skill.

“Di ko po masasabing magaling, siguro sa akin lang po, ah, iba lang po siguro yung ano, nakakakuha ka ng timing… may timing.

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“Kasi, yun yung comedy na di sinasadya. It’s an awkward [moment] kaya siya nakakatuwa. So, masarap yung nagkakaroon ka ng kasama sa eksena na magaling din sa ganun.

“Kaya siguro po minsan, napapansin parang magaling yung kinakalabasan.”


FROM ACTING TO DIRECTING. His dream, he says, is to work behind the camera.

Quite firmly he says, “Siyempre po, nandito ka na rin sa production, nilu-look forward ko po siguro baka makapag-direk din o makapag-produce din or anything na nandidito na po sa industriya.

“Forever, di ka naman laging nandito… Baka meron ka ring chance, magkaroon ka rin ng chance na makapag-direk especially pagka… na lumalawak din naman yung network, dumadami din yung kilala mo, na-oobserbahan mo naman yung paggawa.

“Kasi masarap yung makita na gumawa ng pelikula, e. Yung paglapat ng sounds...”

Does he have a time frame?

“Eventually po,” Ketchup answers. “Pag nagkaroon po ng chance… pero no rush o no pressure, basta iba po yung mga dumating dun sa timing na binigay sa ‘yo.”

Once he sits on his director’s chair, he wants to work with “mga kaibigan ko po.”

He adds, “Meron na rin po kaming mga synopsis, climax, at kasama na rin yung line-up…”

But we’ll know the full details once his dream becomes a reality.

Ketchup, just like the way he handled his support roles, aims to surprise one of these days.


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