Dennis Trillo says he found it "unexpected" for Star Cinema to distribute his Cinemalaya entry The Janitor.
During the press conference held earlier today, October 1, at Dolce Latte Cafe in Quezon Avenue, the Kapuso actor was asked if he is open to the possibility of doing a movie with Star Cinema.
He said, "Open po at matagal ko na pong gustong mangyari yun.
"Ngayon po, may mga problema pa po sa mother studio ko [Regal].
"Pero ngayong ni-release ng Star Cinema ang pelikula namin, parang ganun rin po ang feeling.
"Sana makagawa ako ng pelikula sa Star."
Dennis portrayed an ex-cop tasked to kill the perpetrators of a heinous crime in this action-drama movie that will be screened in cinemas starting October 8.
Dennis was also pleased to know that The Janitor will be part of the 5th Festival Internacional de Cinema do Porto to be held in Portugal from February 27 to March 7, 2015.
"Masaya! First time kong a-attend ng international film festival kung sakali na kasama ang pelikulang ginawa ko.
"Salamat talaga at nagawa ang pelikula na ito na nagbukas ng maraming pintuan.
"At lalo na, dinistribute pa ng Star Cinema na hindi namin ini-expect lahat," he admitted.
How does he feel about working with Star Cinema, the film arm of his former network ABS-CBN?
The GMA contract artist replied, "Nakakapanibago. Refreshing ang experience.
"First time ko um-attend ng press con ng Star Cinema.
"And nakita ko, parang hindi ko kilala ang ibang reporters, kasi nga hindi ko sila nakikita, iba ang crowd sa presscon ng Regal.
"Natutuwa ako na nangyari yun.
"Yung feeling na Star Cinema ang nag-distribute ng pelikula namin, parang nakagawa na rin ako ng pelikula sa kanila.
"Pero siyempre, gusto ko pa rin mangyari yun."
Dennis said he is still bound by a legal contract to Regal Films, but he pointed out, "Kung sakaling gagawa pa ng project outside Regal, kailangan lang magpaalam nang maayos."
He revealed, "Under contract pa ako sa Regal... magtatapos siya ngayong December."
Given the choice, would he renew his contract with Regal or would he transfer?
"Uhm, pag-uusapan namin, pero hindi ko naman itinatanggi na dati ko pa gustong magkaroon ng project, hindi lang sa Star Cinema, pero iba’t ibang film outfits.
"Mas maraming pelikula, mas masaya, ’di ba?"
The Janitor won five awards in Cinemalaya X: Best Screenplay, Editing and Sound, Best Director for Michael Tuviera, and Best Supporting Actor for Nicco Manalo.
How was it like working on this Cinemalaya entry?
Dennis said, "Itong experience na ito, sobrang fulfilling bilang artista at mapasali sa project na ito, sobrang proud kaming lahat.
"Tuwang-tuwa kami dahil, para sa akin, isa ito sa mga quality na pelikulang Pilipino dapat mapanood para makita nila na hindi stagnant ang nangyayari sa industriya.
"Kumbaga, maraming tao na gustong iangat ang level at quality ng Philippine cinema."
When PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Dennis to name a Kapamilya actress that he would like to work with in the future, he immediately answered: "Anne Curtis."
He also mentioned the name of Maja Salvador.
In a previous interview with PEP, Dennis revealed that he will be paired with Maja Salvador for the Regal movie titled Now and Forever.