Richard Gutierrez also directs stunts in "Codename: Asero"

"This is a stepping stone for me. I'm learning alot for going through this process. Marami akong natututunan," says Richard Gutierrez about being a fightdirector in Codename: Asero.


Richard Gutierrez gets two roles in GMA-7's newestteleserye, Codename: Asero—as an actor and as fight director.

In the grand presscon held last night, July 9, at the AFP Theater,Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Richard received several praises from the mediafor the stunts that he has directed for Codename: Asero.

The 24-year-old actor humbly took them and said that hecouldn't have done it without his team. "I don't wanna take the whole credit kasi I'm working with awhole bunch of people. I'm working witha team, mayroon akong fight choreographer na si Ralph Roxas, and of course,pinapakinggan ko rin ang mga suggestions ni Direk Mark at ng producers ko. So I don't wanna take full credit but thistime around, I'm more hands on and more creative with my stunts."

That said, Richard admitted that Asero would be aharder job than his previous TV project. But he never let this stop him frompushing himself further.

In fact, he said, "Every show naman, may bigat, e. Every show, may kahirapan. Every show, pinaghahandaan. This time, talagang we just took it anotherstep higher, we just challenged ourselves and we wanted to make it better andbetter. Siguro isa 'yon kung bakitmahirap 'yong show, tsina-challenge namin ang mga sarili namin."

MOST EXPENSIVE TV PROJECT. After the grand presentation of the cast members, Ms. WilmaGalvante, GMA-7's senior vice president for entertainment, revealed to thepress that Codename: Asero is their most expensive TV project so far.

She said, "If you ask me, I know you always ask how muchdoes it costs, I will tell you honestly, frankly, this is the most expensiveone so far. Talagang nagpaliwanag kamikay FLG [Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, CEO and Chairman of GMA Network], ‘Atty. Gozon,payagan ninyo kami dito dahil maganda ito.'"

When Richard learned about it, all he could say was: "Well,I'm thankful. I'm very, very thankfulthat siyempre pinagtitiwalaan ako ng GMA-7. I mean, hindi naman ako nag-demand no'n pero ibinibigay nila sa akin nangkusa that's why I'm very thankful. Ibigsabihin no'n, may tiwala sila sa kakayahan ko, sa team namin, so I'm very happyand I'm very thankful."

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He also clarified that he did not have anything to do withconvincing the network for him to be part of the creative team of Codename: Asero.

"Actually, hindinaman ako nag-convince sa kanila," Richard explained. They just gave me this project and they gave me this opportunity.They've always known naman na I'm always interested in being part of thecreative, alam naman nila na may passion ako for directing fightsequences. So, this time, we just wantto take it a step higher, to challenge myself more. Binigyan nila ako ngopportunity to choreograph and direct my own stunts."

With this new job, does this mean that Richard is being paidseparately as fight director?

He smiled and answered indirectly, "When we were negotiatingfor my new contract, when we were talking regarding my new contract, sinabi kona maging fight director. Doon sacontract, lahat na 'yon."

Richard said he also wants to do action moviessomeday. His job as fightdirector could be a stepping stone for him to direct his own film. "Sana mabigyan ako ng ganung pagkakataon,that would be really good for me," ended Richard.


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