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Albert Martinez says the young actors today are better than those in his time

Unlike their generation, Albert Martinez explains that the current generation of stars needs to constantly be on their toes because of the tough competition.

BY BERNIE FRANCO

FRESH SCOOPS

11/3/2011 9:24 AM
Albert Martinez says the young actors today are better than those in his time


110311-albert_main.jpgAlbert Martinez had a double celebration recently; his 50th birthday and his 30 years in showbiz industry. Although he was very modest to say that he does not yet consider himself as one of the indispensable stars such as Christopher de Leon, Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos, and Sharon Cuneta, the actor pointed out that he is already happy with the respect that he gets from his colleagues, both young and old.

Though he has been in the industry for three decades already, Albert said that his passion for his craft has been constant. “I love my career, [and] the industry has been good to me. Hanggang may challenges, I’ll be here,” he declared.

He also revealed an important factor which has made him last in showbiz. “If you are in the industry for the wrong reasons, it will not love you back.”

Push.com.ph then asked the actor what he thinks about the new breed of actors, whom he has worked with, and prodded him to name the ones whom he believes have a lot of potential. “’Yung batch ngayon ang daming magaling because of their training, because of the knowledge they learn from other actors,” he observed. “Na-fine-tune nila ‘yung new breed of actors.”

Albert explained that back in the day, their batch was not as competitive and multi-talented as the current batch are. “Nakakainggit nga, eh. They’re good singers, good dancers, good dramatic actors. Parang ‘yung batch namin hindi sila ganun kadisiplina, but this batch they’re all good. Almost all. From Coco (Martin) to Gerald (Anderson), to Kim Chiu, to Jericho (Rosales).”

What’s more, he also said that he realized that the new generation of actors today are very competitive. “Talk to them iba ‘yung mindset. Why? Because of competition. Takot sila, sa dami nila lahat sila magaling kailangan kang mag-excel. Nung time namin ilan lang kami. Papetiks-petiks kami dati. Wala silang choice eh; Gabby (Concepcion), ako,  Alfie (Anido). [Nowadays] every season may bagong magaling. Kailangan very competitive ngayon. ‘Pag nagkamali ka, may papalit, mabilis.

Albert’s three children (two girls and one boy) chose not to follow in their parent’s footsteps. (Albert’s wife is actress Liezel Martinez.) “Choice ng mga anak ko, eh because most of my kids grew up in the [United] States, iba ‘yung mindset nila eh. Gusto nila behind the camera.”

His son Alfonso had tried showbiz, but Albert revealed that his son realized later on that it was not the career meant for him. “Sinupport ko si Alfonso pero na-realize niya, ‘I’d rather do what I love to do.’ Sabi niya, ‘I would like to get into computers.’”

Even after 30 years, the dramatic actor explained that he does not see himself retiring from his profession. “Ito ‘yung trabaho na walang retirement,” he said. “Once an actor always an actor. It’s just the actor in me. [‘Pag] ‘di na ako pwedeng umarte, siguro I’ll be the saddest person. Siguro doon na ako tatanda talaga kasi wala na ‘yung drive ko. It keeps me alive, ‘yung doing what I do best.”