Kabilang ang Filipino-American actor na si Dante Basco sa mga nagulat at nalungkot nang mabalitaan ang pagpanaw ng award-winning Hollywood comedian na si Robin Williams.
The 38-year-old actor was only 15 noong una niyang makatrabaho ang world-famous actor sa Steven Spielberg live-action Peter Pan film, Hook.
Ginampanan ni Dante ang role ni Rufio, na naging leader ng Lost Boys, na iniwan ni Peter (played by Robin) sa Never-Neverland noong magdesisyon itong mabuhay nang normal at magkaroon ng pamilya sa ibang mundo.
Sa personal blog ni Dante na Dante Basco: My Take On Life, sinulat niya ang kanyang magandang experience playing the biggest role of his career at ang pagkakataong makatrabaho at makilala si Robin.
“Today, Robin Williams passed away and it’s been so surreal, it felt like it came out of nowhere…
“A text message from a friend made me aware of the news and frantically I jumped online to see if it was true.
“Sadly, I found out it was and even more sad, I read of the circumstances. I couldn’t keep reading the stories online for it’s too sad.
“At times like this, I get very reflective and being a writer, I guess it’s best to write and what better place but my blog.”
CONNECTED. Matagal na panahon na niyang hindi nakita o nakausap si Robin, kaya ang tanging connection niya sa aktor ay tuwing nakakapanood siya ng pelikula nito.
Ang Dead Poets Society ay nagsilbing magandang inspirasyon kay Dante kaya siya naging isang writer at poet.
“It’s surreal because I haven’t seen Robin for many years yet he’s so connected to me due to his close involvement in the biggest role of my career in Hook, where he played Peter Pan and I played the punk kid who took over as leader of the Lost Boys when he left Neverland…Rufio.
“Although working with him changed my life, in truth, he impacted me several years before when Dead Poet’s Society became one of my favorite films and really started me being interested in poetry, at which I later became a poet.
“I was lucky to work with him as an actor and witness first hand the magic of what made him a legend, the wit and other worldly improv skills.
“As well as see him single handedly put the morale of a movie set, easily hundreds of people, on his shoulders and kept everyone laughing as they worked long hours for what seemed like months on end.”
CONVERSATIONS WITH ROBIN. Kinuwento rin ni Dante ang off-cam moments niya sa aktor.
“I was fortunate to spend private times, many mornings in the makeup chair, (which with my tri-hawk hair took hours), just talking about poetry… And soft spoken and introspectively we would discuss Walt Whitman and Charles Bukowski.”
Sa pagpanaw ng Oscar winner, pakiramdam ni Dante ay malaking parte ng kanyang kabataan ang nawala rin.
“With Hook and so many other films, I, like millions of others became a fan and was always delightfully surprised by the performances he managed to produce, but with his passing, I can’t help to feel, along with my generation… I can’t help feeling like it’s the death of my childhood.
“I guess we can’t stay in Neverland forever, we must all grow up.
“But I just want to bid a sorrowful farewell to one of the greatest I’ve been able to work with and be around and I’ll always remember my time with you as some of the greatest moments in my life… and just like the rest of the world, I’ll remember you with joy and laughter.
“O’ Captain! My Captain! See you in Neverland…”
ACTIVE SHOWBIZ CAREER. Aktibo pa rin si Dante Basco, gayundin ang kanyang mga kapatid (Darion, Derek, Dion, at Arianna) sa paglabas sa TV at pelikula sa Hollywood.
Ang pinakahuli niyang pelikula ay ang Bad Asses kasama sina Danny Glover at Danny Trejo.
Sa TV ay nakapag-guest siya sa mga series na Hawaii Five-O, Prime Suspect, Entourage, CSI: Miami, at naging dubber para sa animated characters ng The Legend of Korra, Avatar, The Last Airbender, at Ultimate Spiderman.
Ipinanganak si Dante sa Pittsburg, California, pero lumaki ito sa Cerritos at Paramount, California.
Naging miyembro rin siya ng isang break-dance crew na Streat Freaks. Dahil sa husay niyang sumayaw, nabigyan siya ng small role sa pelikulang Moonwalker noong1988.
Sa kanyang tiyaga sa pag-audition sa Hollywood, napili siyang gumanap na Rufio sa pelikulang Hook, na sinundan ng sunud-sunod na TV appearances sa The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Touched by An Angel, Nash Bridges, at Moesha.
Lumabas din siya sa mga pelikulang Take The Lead, But I’m A Cheerleader, Biker Boyz, and Subject: I Love You.
Noong 2001, nagkaroon ng pagkakataon si Dante na makatrabaho sina Eddie Garcia, Tirso Cruz III at Gina Alajar sa pelikulang The Debut, na tungkol sa isang Fil-American family sa California.
Naging founder si Dante ng largest weekly poetry venue na Da Poetry Lounge in Los Angeles, California.
Meron na rin siyang sariling production company, ang Kinetic Films.