From the daytime TV series Be My Lady, actor RK Bagatsing is back on the big screen with the movie Apocalypse Child, set to hit local theaters on October 26.
Playing the role of Rich who grew up in Baler, RK’s character is the childhood buddy of Ford, played by Sid Lucero. However, as Rich’s father is strict, he was sent abroad to study while Ford, who will grow to be a surfer instructor, was left behind. Many years later, he returns home.
“’Nung umalis si Rich, medyo may mga hindi pagkakaintindihan ‘yung relationship namin dalawa (ni Ford) so ‘pagbalik ko, medyo na-relive ‘yung mga moments na ‘yun and we had to face everything. ‘Yung reality of ako bumalik na with a whole new life, a different life and si Ford, gano’n pa rin ‘yung buhay niya so medyo ako ‘yung nanggulo sa paradise ‘nung Baler.”
Preparing for the role, RK said that they gave their own interpretations of their characters. He then watched movies with similar portrayals and underwent “chemistry” tests and workshops with his co-actors.
Since the movie which won Best Picture and three more awards at the 3rd QCinema International Film Festival features surfing, RK was asked about his surfing skills.
“I’m not a pro but it’s something I do for fun,” he said, adding that nonetheless, he underwent a refresher course of the sport for the film.
Meanwhile, RK, who has done independent movies in the past, said that he misses doing this kind of project.
While Be My Lady has been a big blessing for him as it opened him many doors of opportunities, he said, “I kind of miss doing indie films kasi if you’re doing a character for like almost a year, medyo may what if ka, eh. Like what if ganitong story, bagong script, ganyan and I see my friends sa indie like dumadaan na ‘yung iba’t ibang mga festivals, medyo namimiss ko.”
When asked about his looking forward to winning his own award, the actor answered, “I don’t really look forward to winning an award but I just want to keep on working. Kasi ‘pag hindi ka nagtatrabaho, medyo napupurol ‘yung craft mo, eh and there’s so many scripts out there, so many good filmmakers and I want to work with them all if there’s a chance.”
With the recognitions that movies like Ma’ Rosa and Ang Babaeng Humayo receive, RK hopes that the line between mainstream and independent movies will eventually be gone. “Medyo na-bu-blur na ‘yung lines between mainstream and indie so it’s really a good turning point for both parties actually and eventually, I hope wala ng line ‘yun. Talagang magcollaborate na pareho and make more movies together,” he said.