Piolo Pascual hopes 'On The Job' will get positive feedback from Pinoy moviegoers.
Piolo Pascual is keeping his fingers crossed that his first crime-thriller film, On The Job
will receive the same warm reception it got from the international
audience for its upcoming local release. Two months ago, Piolo together
with his OTJ co-stars Gerald Anderson and Rayver Cruz and the film’s
director Erik Matti flew to France to showcase the film at the Quinzaine
des Réalisateurs or the Directors' Fortnight, a section at Cannes Film
Festival held independently by the French Directors Guild.
that was a very heartwarming experience because everyone didn’t leave
the theater [even after the film was over]. After the credits they all
did a standing ovation which really validated the film,” Pascual
recounted during the recently concluded blogger’s conference for OTJ at
the 13th Floor of the ELJ Tower.
He continued, “So from the response of the audience ang sarap lang ng pakiramdam ng alam mong tatanggapin. Tinanggap siya abroad, sana locally rin.”
the course of the conference, Matti revealed that it was Pascual who
chose his role as Atty. Francis Coronel, an NBI agent who is in hot
pursuit of criminals on-the-job. Asked what drew him to the role,
Pascual quipped with a laugh, “Mahirap kasi pag yung role ni Tito Joey [Marquez], hindi babagay eh.”
a serious note, he explained that what got him interested in the role
was the fact that it was far from the ones he has portrayed in his past
films and soaps.
“Interesting role and iba kasi yung gagawa ka ng offbeat para naman may iba.
You want to offer the audience something new, something different,
that’s what attracted me to the role. Actually all the four roles were
intense so for me, yun lang yung pinakamalapit sa akin kaya tama naman si Direk na yung napili ko was just right for me. Mahirap na ipilit mo yung hindi babagay sa ‘yo,” the 36-year-old star enthused about their highly-acclaimed film.
Did he ever consider Anderson’s role as a hitman instead? “Okay yung kay Gerald na role eh, kaso importante kung sino yung kasama ko, kung sino yung magiging Francis
so if it was going to be Gerald, I would have to settle for Francis. If
it was going to be another actor then we’ll have to consider the age
gap,” he explained.
Although Matti previously
explained that the film was not the usual type of action film that
Pinoys are used to watching with car chases and fist fights every five
seconds, it was nevertheless big on intense scenes.
a first-timer how did he manage to detach himself from such intense
scenes? Not the type to let his projects take over his life, Pascual
said he makes it a point to “leave” his character on the set soon as he
packs up. But, a certain scene from OTJ he said easily became an
exception. According to him, he personally looked forward to shooting
the said scene because it was unlike anything he has done before. “Yun ang kinarir ko. Yun ang inuwi ko kasi marami akong dugo. Panalo yun, masaya yun,” he quipped.
Intense scenes and all, Pascual summed up that he enjoyed the entire OTJ
experience, which he even happily noted allowed him to workout during
the long chasing scenes and if given the chance he would gladly take on
another action film.
On The Job will be released in cinemas nationwide on August 28.