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
“’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
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
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.
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
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.