Veteran actor-director Eddie Garcia, who has been in showbiz for more than six decades, has joined the cast of the primetime series Juan dela Cruz, top-billed by Coco Martin. Eddie explained in a recent solo press conference that while he did acting projects with the Kapamilya network in the past, he never did a teleserye.
Having established himself as a reputable and multi-awarded actor, Eddie was asked how he feels to be working with a fellow multi-awarded actor, like Coco. “I’m very excited to work with a very good actor with a lot of following, it’s really a great honor,” he answered briefly.
“Personally, di ko masyadong kilala si Coco. I see him sa mga awards [nights] but I know he’s a very good actor.” He added that he was able to watch Coco in Walang Hanggan.
In his opinion, Eddie said that he believes that Coco has what it takes to stay in the business for a very long time. “Coco will go a long way. Magtatagal siya sa industriya dahil napakahusay na aktor at marunong makitungo sa mga fans,” said Eddie, who will play Fr. Julio in Juan dela Cruz, a character that plays a vital role in the life of the main protagonist, Juan.
Eddie said that he has been in business for 64 years already and when asked how he was able to last that long, he revealed, “Ako kasi I’ve always considered acting or directing as a job. So you make the most of it, you give a creditable performance para magtagal ka. Para sa akin kasi trabaho lang ito.” He added that he has never felt burnt out with his job because he loves what he does.
A member of the press also commented that the seasoned actor is one of the few thespians who has been able to keep a good reputation by staying away from controversies. Eddie explained how he was able to achieve this. “Wala akong itinatago. Sa career kasi ng isang artista it won’t help the box office any [if you create a controversy]. It won’t add two pesos worth of box-office sa takilya dahil na-involve ka sa tsismis,” he related.
The veteran actor said his love for acting is his motivation to give his best in every role he gets. “Bawat role na gagampanan mo, pagbutihin mo because it’s the best recommendation for another offer, kahit gaano kaliit. Every role pinagbubuti ko, whether small role or big role…”
Last December, Eddie bagged the Best Actor award at the 55th Asia Pacific Film Festival for his role as an ageing gay man in the indie film Bwakaw. For the same role, the actor is also a nominee for the Best Actor category in the upcoming Asian Film Awards which will take place this March. However, he pointed out that he is not keen on winning that award and he is already honored to be nominated.
With a thriving career that has spanned for more than 60 years, Eddie is no doubt an icon in local showbiz. Asked for advice to the younger generation, the veteran actor had this to say, “Unang payo ko sa kanila, huwag mong bigyan ng sakit [ng ulo] ang direktor mo at mga kasamahan sa set. Iwasan ang tsismis. Pag-aralang mabuti ang script at wag kang makialam sa direktor kung ano’ng [gusto] niya because he’s the captain of the ship,” he shared.