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Joross Gamboa says he doesn’t mind his movie being compared to ‘Die Beautiful’

Joross Gamboa says he also wants to work with Paolo Ballesteros someday.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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12/14/2017 9:05 AM
Joross Gamboa says he doesn’t mind his movie being compared to ‘Die Beautiful’


 

Metro Manila Film Festival entry Deadma Walking has been graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board. Even though lead actor Joross Gamboa initially said he would be taking a break from playing gay roles after his impressive appearance in My Ex and Whys earlier this year, the talented actor admitted he has had a change of heart.

Unang-una, pahingi ako ng kanin kasi kakainin ko ng buong-buo yung sinabi ko noon (laughs). Kasi akala ko nun ma-ta-typecast ako sa gay roles pero puwede ko pala iba-ibahin ang pag-atake ng bading dahil yung mga leading man naman hindi naman sila nagrereklamo na na-ta-typecast silang leading man eh. So sabi ko suwerte din siguro ako, kaya siguro marami akong gay role kasi baka nagagampanan ko ito ng maayos. Or bihira yung tumatanggap ng gay role or bihira yung binabagayan ng gay roles. Sa tulong ni direk, tinimpla ko ng maayos yung pagka-bading,” he shared during the Deadma Walking press launch held last December 12 in Quezon City.

Joross said he is not surprised anymore when people say he has feminine attributes that make his portrayal more believable. “Siguro dahil yung features ko mukhang pambabae. Mga legs ko balingkinitan, yung legs ko, yung buto ko. Inisip ko lang, puwede pa rin naman ako gumanap ng straight. Puwede rin akong tumanggap ng tomboy kung merong kayong role diyan (laughs) para maiba lang,” he added.

Because last year’s gay-themed film Die Beautiful topped the boy office charts at the MMFF, many now have high expectations of Deadma Walking which is originally based on a Carlos Palanca award-winning story. Joross said he considers it a big compliment to be compared to Paolo Ballesteros’s film. “Napakalaking bagay. Nag-usap kami ni direk and sabi namin napakalaking bagay na makumpara ito sa Die Beautiful dahil isang award winning film at hindi basta basta pelikula yun. Pero kapag pinanuod mo, iba pala siya. Parehas lang na may gay at kabaong pero yung storya ibang iba talaga. Yun yung masasabi namin kaya dapat panuorin. Gusto ko rin makatrabaho si Pao. Siguro ako naman yung tomboy dun, yun yung gusto kong role (laughs),” he joked.

While doing the film, Joross admitted he found wearing full drag the most challenging. “Medyo hirap pa rin talaga ako dahil iba talaga kapag naka-heels ang babae. Actually si direk gusto niya kailangan maging best friend mo itong heels pero medyo dume-debate pa ako kay direk nun. Yung pinakamahirap yung pag-ipit nung itlog (laughs). Kasi hindi ko alam kapag iipit mo ba yung itlog sa gitna mo ba idadaan, sa kaliwa or sa kanan? Nakalimutan namin magtanong. Nagsariling sikap kami ni EA (Guzman). Sa gitna pala dapat. Kapag sa kaliwa o kanan masakit. Sa gitna, yan ang secret (laughs),” he shared.

As one of the competing films in the MMFF, Joross hopes audiences will give his movie a chance because of its meaningful lesson about love and friendship. “Kapag napanuod mo itong Deadma Walking, maiisip mo sa sarili mo, ‘Sino kaya ang pupunta kapag namatay tayo? Ano kaya ang sasabihin nila kapag patay na tayo?’ Pero bukod pa dun, mas maiisip mo na kapag namatay lang ba yung mga mahal ko sa buhay saka mo lang sasabihin yung eulogy or habang buhay pa sila at naririnig pa nila ako dapat sabihin ko na yung eulogy? So yun yung natutunan ko at naming lahat na after mo panuorin ito, hindi mo na hihintayin na kung may kapatid ka, magulang, o kamag-anak na hindi kayo okay, huwag mo na hintaying mamatay sila bago niyo ayusin yung problema niyo. Ngayon pa lang ayusin mo na. Magpakumbaba na kayo sa isa’t isa, mag-sorry kayo. Yun yung parang malaking part na magmamarka sa inyo dito,” he explained.

Deadma Walking is produced by T-Rex Entertainment and opens in cinemas nationwide on December 25.