After the recent success of his movie with KC Concepcion, For the First Time,Richard Gutierrez got good news from the entertainment press during the presslaunch of his latest endorsement, Emperador, last Tuesday, September 9, atAnnabel's restaurant on Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City.
The reporters told Richard that hisprimetime show Asero topped the ratings last Monday, September 8, edging out perennial No. 1 Dyesebel. (Click here to read relatedarticle)
"Wow, thank You!" exclaimed Richard. He explained that the production teamof Asero does not merely rely on the ratings in improvingtheir show.
"For me, concentrated talaga ang team ng Asero sapagpapaganda ng Asero. Minsanhindi na namin masyadong... Siyempre 'yong ratings nandiyan, pero we don't baseit there, we base it on quality," said Richard.
Underscoring his seriousness in doing Asero,Richard said he always makes sure that he sees the final outputof their team's hard work. This is alsoto prove to the audience that his portrayal of the main character, Asero,doesnot stop after the taping.
He even narrated one occasion when he missed watching Asero. "I had one week nahindi ko napanood 'yong Asero kasi sa sobrang busy ko. Nagpa-record out sa DVD dahil anywhere Igo, lagi ang hirit ng mga tao, ‘Ang ganda ng episode n'yo kagabi, ang gandanung nangyari sa ganyan.' E, hindi konapanood, so sabi ko sa producer ko, ‘Padalhan mo ako ng DVD, gusto kongmapanood.' So, finally, I saw it, I watched it, ang ganda nga ng lumabas na mgaeksena, pati ako naaapektuhan. So, angganda, I'm very proud of Asero now. We've been working very hard."
Richard also said that he is glad that they were able tomaintain the excitement that they started in their pilot episode. "Proud ako kasi na-sustain namin 'yongquality, e," he said. "Ang gandanung start ng Asero and we were able to sustain it. For me, it's just very good."
He added, "It's so much fun now for me doing Asero. After ng pelikula [For the First Time],kasi nagkaroon ng time na every day, pelikula-Asero-pelikula-Asero, minsantalagang pagod na pagod ako. Peropagdating ko sa Asero, inspired na inspired ako kapag ginagawa na naminang mga action sequences. Kasi si DirekMark [Reyes], he allows me to share my visions kung paano gawin angmga eksena. Kahit na anong puyat ko,talagang nawawala."
Codename: Asero is scheduled to run until Novemberthis year, according to Richard. Afterthis, he expects to do a more exciting project, which he does not want todisclose yet.
The 24-year-old actor justtold the media, "Grabe, I'm so excited for the next one! There are two projects na pinag-aaralan panamin and later ko madi-discuss more or less with GMA kung ano ang mangyayari. Pero both projects na naka-line-up sa akintalagang napaka-exciting."
SUCCESSFUL MOVIE. Aside from Asero, Richard is also happy about his first moviewith KC Concepcion, For the First Time. He reported that its premiere nights abroad, particularly inLos Angeles and San Francisco, were as successful as the premiere night theyhad here in Manila.
Unfortunately, it was only KC who witnessed theseevents since he had previous engagements here in Manila. Richard related, "Naiinggit ngaako sa kanya kasi nandoon siya sa San Francisco at saka sa L.A. 'Tapostinawagan niya ako habang nandoon siya sa premiere night.
"Sobrang successful 'yong premiere nightsa Los Angeles, ang daming Filipinos. Even my titas and their friends flew into L.A. just to watch [themovie]. May mga Filipinos na galing LasVegas, nag-drive to L.A. to see the premiere night. You know, I missed out, pero I'm very happy for KC na she wasable to experience that."
Regarding his team-up with KC, Richard expressed hisgratitude towards the young actress. "I wanna thankher," he said. "Ang dami niyang shinaresa publiko, binuksan niya ang sarili niya sa publiko.
"I'm very proud of her also. I'm very proud of her na she was strong at hinarap niya kung ano'yong mga responsibilidad niya, 'yong mga problema niya at naitawid niya ngnapakaganda 'yong pelikula. First movieniya ito and she did so well as an actress, I'm very proud of her."
On September 25, Richard is scheduled to go to Vienna,Austria with KC for the premiere of For the First Time. By December, these two young actorswill start filming their second movie, this time with GMA-7, which is slatedfor the week of Valentine's Day 2009.
Before ending the interview, Richard clarified that he willnot transfer to ABS-CBN.
"Alam mo, may mga na-confuse yata na mga tao since I wasguesting in ABS-CBN constantly to promote the movie. I think people were just confused and they were not used to seeingme in ABS-CBN kaya naguluhan sila. Perothe real thing is that was the agreement between GMA-7 and ABS-CBN na when I domy movie with Star [Cinema], I will be able to promote... It was an agreement, itwas an agreement."
For their movie with GMA-7, Richard also expects fullsupport from ABS-CBN. "I think ABS-CBNwill do their part. I'm sure they willhelp us also. 'Yon nga ang maganda,nagkaroon ng connection 'yong both networks. I hope it continues like that."