Coco Martin glad to be recognized as "Prince of Indie Films"

Although he did not win an acting award in the recently concluded Cannes Film Festival, Coco Martin is still very happy that his director, Dante Mendoza, was named Best Director for the movie Kinatay. Coco said, "Sa akin naman, nakapunta na ako at napasama na ako ng dalawang beses sa Cannes. Kumbaga, sobra-sobra na 'yon."


During a short chat with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) after the press conference of Tayong Dalawa last Friday, May 29, indie actor Coco Martin said that in the beginning, he regarded showbiz as a stepping stone for his bigger dream—to work abroad.

"Noong nag-start ako, lalo na sa pelikula kong Masahista, hindi ko naman talaga pinangarap na maging artista or kung ano ako ngayon. Ginawa ko lang 'yon dahil gusto kong mag-abroad. Gusto ko talagang mag-TNT that time. Ang [balak] ko, stepping stone ko 'to," he said.

Ccoc did not even think about the kind of role he would play for his first movie—a masseur who was in his undies most of the time.

"Kumbaga, sabi ko nga, kung mamimili ako, sino ba naman ang hindi gustong maging wholesome at magpa-cute, parang napakasarap naman. Pero siguro dito ang kapalaran ko. Dito ako nalinya, so ginawa ko ang Masahista. Alam ko medyo mature ang role ko, alam ko medyo mature ang pelikula. Sinabi ko na lang wala akong pakialam doon.

"Ang importante, ang nasa isip ko, gusto kong makapag-abroad ako. Kasi alam ko, kapag ginawa ko 'to, magkakaroon ako ng opportunity para makapagtrabaho abroad. 'Yon lang, ganun lang kasimple. As in hindi ko ine-expect na mananalo ako at tuluy-tuloy na."

Right now, Coco has set aside his plan to leave the country for greener pastures. He explained, "Siyempre, habang tumatagal ka, nag-iiba ang priority mo sa buhay. Kumbaga, sa first movie ko, 'yong pagiging artist, hindi ko pa nararamdaman. Habang tumatagal, mas lumalalim 'yong pang-unawa mo sa trabaho mo."

PRINCE OF INDIE FILMS. Since his first movie Masahista in 2005, Coco has already done 15 movies, most of them independently produced. And so, the actor is now being tagged as the "Prince of Independent Films."

His recent film, Jay (2008), gained him the Best Supporting Actor trophy in the recent Golden Screen Awards and PASADO Awards.

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Coco said that his character Edward in Jay was just a small part in the movie. But this didn't stop him from giving his 100 percent in portraying the character.

"Sobrang natuwa ako sa Golden Screen at sa Pasado, parang nanalo ako ng Best Supporting [Actor] nang hindi ko ine-expect. As in, kung mapapanood mo ang Jay, sobrang liit talaga ng role ko. Para sa akin, naisip ko, wala naman sa haba ng role 'yon, e. Kumbaga, kung paano mo siya bibigyan ng katarungan, 'yong character mo. Sobrang tuwa ako, at least, 'yong mga award-giving bodies, talagang naka-focus at nakatutok din sila sa akin," said Coco.

The indie actor is also grateful that these movies have enabled him to go abroad, which was his initial plan when he joined showbiz. He had the chance to be in Cannes, France twice—first in 2008 for Serbis, and this year, for Kinatay. Both films were In Competition and directed by Brillante Mendoza, who won Best Director for Kinatay.

Talking about his experience at the Cannes Film Festival, Coco related to PEP: "Ito na 'yong second time na pagpunta namin doon. 'Yon pa lang sobrang saya na namin. E, nanalo pa si Direk Dante, so sobrang saya namin. Kumbaga kami, 'yong start ng career ni Direk Dante [Mendoza] sa indie, parang first directorial job niya, first movie ko. Sabay kaming naggo-grow. Then, every time na gumgawa siya ng pelikula, palaging sinusuwerte."

GOING MAINSTREAM. Coco is also glad that he is now being recognized as a mainstream actor through the teleserye Tayong Dalawa on ABS-CBN. Here, he plays the role of Ramon, half-brother of Gerald Anderson's character.

"Masaya ako, at least, kahit papaano nare-recognize ako ng mga tao sa mainstream," he said. "Kumbaga, itong pagme-mainstream ko, sobrang thankful ako kasi, at least, napansin nila kami. Sa mundong ginagalawan namin, dahan-dahan nila kaming napapansin at nabibigyan ng pagkakataon para makapagtrabaho."

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Despite his success, Coco clarified that he would never leave independent filmmaking.

"Nandoon pa rin ako sa konsepto na 'yong pagiging indie ko, pinanghahawakan ko na kasi sobra ko siyang mahal, sobra kong pinapahalagahan. Katulad ng pagtingin ko at respeto ko sa mga taong gumagawa ng indie—sa mga artista, director, at sa mga staff—na nagpapakapagod at nagpapakahirap hindi dahil sa pera. Alam mo 'yon, for the sake of art talaga. Kumbaga, sobrang solido nila."

He also assured that when he already has time, he would gladly do an indie film again.

"Ngayon lang, medyo busy lang ako sa paggawa ng Tayong Dalawa kaya medyo, hindi naman sa kumokonti, parang nagiging careful lang ako kasi parang pataas nang pataas, e. From Masahista, nag­-Tirador ako, 'tapos ngayon Kinatay."

Coco said that in spite of the distinction he has already received, he still has a lot to prove in showbiz . "Kasi, para sa akin, nagsisimula pa lang ako. Alam ko marami pa akong pagdadaanan na proyekto, mga role na gagampanan. Para sa akin, lahat gusto kong masubukan. Minsan iisipin mo maliit ang role pero nasa artista 'yon kung paano mo bibigyan ng justice 'yong character niya."


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