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Coco Martin on being compared to John Lloyd Cruz: 'Si John Lloyd sobrang idolo ko 'yan'

Coco Martin also dreams of making romantic box office movies like John Lloyd Cruz.

BY NAPOLEON QUINTOS

FRESH SCOOPS

4/2/2011 2:19 AM
Coco Martin on being compared to John Lloyd Cruz: 'Si John Lloyd sobrang idolo ko 'yan'


040211-coco-main.jpgWith his success and the acclaim he has earned as an actor, Coco Martin said money has never been his main consideration in accepting projects on TV and films. Ever since his days doing small budget independent films, Coco’s top priority has been to do projects that matter. “Dapat inaaral ‘yan. Hindi ako ‘yung tipo na gagawa ng pelikula for the sake na kumita ako. Gagawa ako ng project kasi naniniwala ako. Mapili talaga ako sa project. Kahit hindi mo ako bayaran basta gusto ko ‘yung proyekto gagawin ko.”

Critics and fans have raved about Coco’s acting prowess which has been described as natural, compelling, and versatile. He, together with John Lloyd Cruz, are said to be worthy of recognition as the best young actors of today. Coco, however, doesn’t want this observation to spark any rivalry with John Lloyd. “Si John Lloyd sobrang idolo ko ‘yan. Napakagaling na aktor at napakabait na tao.”

While John Lloyd’s romantic movies all became box office hits, Coco’s indie films were mostly shown in selected festivals and were only given minimal publicity. Now that he has become a more recognized star in mainstream showbiz, Coco said that he is also open to doing films with lighter subject matter. “Gusto ko talaga ‘yun. Karamihan ng nagagawa ko ngayon mabigat, heavy drama o action. Sana someday makagawa ako ng tipong romantic comedy. Gusto ko rin gumawa ng love story, tulad ng Sana Maulit Muli and ‘yung Milan. ‘Yung may lalim. Nakakatuwang mangarap na makagawa ako ng pelikula at maging box office hit. Kaya lang ang goal ko talaga e gumawa ng mga pelikulang may relevance. Kapag nanonood ang mga tao ma-appreciate nila kasi may natutunan sila. Kanya-kanyang forte lang ‘yan bilang artista.”

Another point of comparison between Coco and John Lloyd is their popularity with the ladies. Even Miss Universe 2010 fourth runner-up Maria Venus Raj admitted she had a crush on Coco. “Nagkita na kami dati. Ipinakilala ako ni Ate Kris (Aquino). Nakakahiya nga kasi, una si Ate Kris pa nagpakilala. Nakakatuwa. Maganda siya. Nag hi lang ako. Na-torpe yata ako sa kanya, ha ha ha!”