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Alex Medina on his new horror movie Echorsis: ‘Hindi naman siya typical gay story’

The talented actor admits he is open to doing more gay roles in the future.

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Rhea Manila Santos

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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04/12/2016 12:31 AM
Alex Medina on his new horror movie Echorsis: ‘Hindi naman siya typical gay story’
041116-Alexmedina_main.jpgAs the opening day of his new horror comedy Echorsis draws near, Alex Medina said he is still nervous about how the movie will do at the box office in its first week. 

"Kabado pa rin ako (laughs). Hindi ko kasi alam i-e-expect ko kasi first time ko na one of the top bills so for me parang pressure din siya. Parang mas may pressure talaga. Ito nga ginawa namin na independent release. Hindi kami sumama sa kahit anong festivals so may ganung pressure eh for it do well for people to like it hopefully. 

Pero gusto ko na lang enjoyin kung ano man ang outcome hindi ako mag-e-expect so bahala na. Parang ito medyo mainstream ng konti yung treatment kasi. So hindi siya yung usual so siyempre meron din akong kumbaga career na inaalagaan so ayun nakakakaba yung pelikula, bahala na kayo (laughs),” he shared.

In Echorsis, Alex plays a con man who preys on lonely gays for money and eventually gets possessed by one of his former victims played by John Lapus. The 29-year-old actor says he did feel uncomfortable doing the bed scenes.

Wala namang problema kasi I trust him. Trusted ko si John. Rarely kami nakakagawa ng ganitong pelikula. Sobrang smooth lahat kasi si Kean (Cipriano) friend ko naman eh so kumbaga automatic naman na siya. Hindi na kami nagkaroon ng getting to know nng matagal. Nag-gel agad kami,” he recalled. 

Even though this is a different role from his previous projects, Alex says he knows it is a good film. 

"May mga bagay na nararamdaman mo lang na gusto mong gawin so yun lang, na-feel ko lang siyang gawin talaga. Si direk Lem Lorca matagal ko na rin siyang nakausap din about it so kinukuwento niya. Hindi ko alam eh, actually ako yung last na nag-audition as in last na last talaga. Ang dami nilang pinagdaanan din. Hindi ko in-expect na makukuha rin ako pero nung nakuha ko sige go bakit naman hindi? Kasi hindi naman siya typical gay story. It’s about love. It’s about acceptance and marami siyang tinatakbuhang issues talaga,” he explained. 

Alex also revealed that it was a challenge for him to portray both a straight man who eventually gets possessed by different gay spirits. "Mahirap physically. Nahirapan ako physically kasi meron siyang pitik na konti. Eh ako napaka-steady lang ako eh so siyempre yung mga scenes na kailangan ko maging flamboyant so nahirapan ako. Nakakapagod everyday na physically exhausted ako. Pero nag-focus naman ako talaga dun sa kailangan ko gawin sa character ko,” he said. 

If he was offered another gay role in the future, Alex admitted he would be open to it. 

"It’s a work in progress. First time ko mag-play ng openly gay na kumbaga maraming characters. Pero along the way I’m sure kung may makukuha pa ako (na gay roles) I’m sure mas marami pa akong mapapaglaruan. I’m still growing as an actor din naman,” he added. 

Working with Mich Liggayu on her first movie project was also no problem with Alex. 

"Actually ang galing niya. Natuwa ako na napaka-natural niya so nakakatuwa. Hindi niya kailangan mag-adjust or whatever. Ginawa niya yung role niya at nakakatuwa yung ginawa niya sa character niya. Parang smooth sailing lang. Parang si Kean din alam na nila yung character nila,” he shared.

Watch Alex Medina in Echorsis starting April 13 in cinemas nationwide. 

The movie also stars Kean Cipriano, John Lapus, Bekimon, Nico Antonio, Alessandra de Rossi, Kiray and Chokoleit.