As one of the entries to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Category, Toto the movie is a story familiar to Pinoys who want to work abroad.
Sid Lucero plays the title role of Antonio “Toto” Estares, a hotel staff who will do anything to get a U.S visa.
“Some scenes were shot in Manila but most of the film was shot in Angeles. Basically the film about a young man who desires to go to the States and as a Filipino of course, he feels like his chances are slim and he goes through other means of getting there and that’s how the story goes.
“I don’t know how the audience will relate to him, maybe not directly to Toto but hopefully they see themselves in what this guy is doing because we kind of have a habit of shortcutting things. We should try to be more reliant on ourselves instead of always just winging things,” he told PUSH during the Toto the Movie press conference held last December 4 at Mario’s in Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
Sid shared the movie wants to show viewers the importance of doing things the right way.
“The lesson here is that we should try things in a conventional way and we shouldn’t shortcut things. There are some things that aren’t worth shortcutting. Sometimes the experience is worth it,” he said.
Coming from a showbiz clan, Sid revealed there are still a lot of things he wants to try as an actor and doing comedy is now one of them.
“Yeah plenty pa. Well this is the second comedy that I’ve done, but technically this is the first. Now, I really just dove into it. It’s nothing technical to me yet. I don’t know anything about it. I know it’s an art and people actually are comedians all their lives before they’re actually able to do these things on screen. So I don’t know if I can be considered as one of those people (laughs),” he explained.
For the holidays, Sid admitted he has no plans except to spend it with his family and also his four-year-old daughter, who does not live with him and with whom he wants to build a stronger relationship with.
“I can’t just leave (the country) because of my daughter. I’m not a very good dad. I don’t get to see my daughter a lot. She lives with her mom. Like today I’m going to pick her up,” he divulged.
Sid also added that he does not think he will be a strict dad.
“No, I think it will depend on her personality. If she’s the type to get pregnant at 15 then I’ll be strict then (laughs). But if she’s the type that knows exactly what she’s doing, then I don’t know. I don’t want to think about that yet! (laughs)” he said.
The talented actor stressed that he is hoping his daughter will not follow in his footsteps and get into showbiz.
“No way. Depends on her, if she has the proper head for it. Because honestly the industry is poisonous, it poisons your ego and poisons you as a person. We all know it. I went through it. It’s intoxicating and it takes a certain kind of person to really come in as a person to look up to and come out as exactly that. And if my daughter turns out to be a person who has a good head on her shoulders and has a strong personality, who is impervious to other people’s opinions, then she can handle it. Hopefully she gets into something that she likes, something creative. I don’t know, maybe music like her mom maybe.”
On the other hand, when Sid was asked about the new guy his sister Andi Eigenmann is dating, he admitted he’s been too busy with work and jujitsu to be updated about it.
“I don’t know. How many suitors ba? (laughs) Always naman eh. Okay. I haven’t met him. I think I just saw it on Instagram. Parang apparently he’s the brother of someone I knew ewan ko eh. I support her in anything that she wants,” he commented.
The 34-year-old actor however, said he is happy Andi has shared his interest in martial arts.
“Andi’s been training in the same gym as me. I’d like to think my cousin and I influenced her to join but I think it’s always been in front of her eh so the decision really came from her that she wanted to try it.”
Watch Sid Lucero in Toto which will be shown in the Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave screenings to be held from December 17-24, 2015. It also stars, Thou Reyes, Mara Lopez, Rafa Siguion-Reyna, Liza Dino, Bibeth Orteza and Bembol Roco. Toto is directed, co-written and co-produced by John Paul Su.