Ang pelikulang ML (short for Martial Law) na entry sa 2018 Cinemalaya Film Festival ang kauna-unahang movie project ng newbie actor at Star Magic artist na si Tony Labrusca. Masuwerte rin ang binata na sa kanyang debut film ay nakasama pa niya bilang co-lead star ang beteranong aktor na si Eddie Garcia.
Ayon sa kuwento sa PUSH ni Tony, kinabahan siya nung nalaman niya na makakatrabaho niya si Eddie Garcia.
“Kinabahan talaga ako, pero parang short lang yung feeling na yon. After, mas na-amaze ako sa lahat ng mga eksena na ginagawa namin,” simula ni Tony.
Patuloy ng binata, “Talagang super helpful siya. He’s such a great actor who’s really in the moment in all the scenes, so that I can really draw that emotion from him.
“He’s the man, he’s a legend. The fact that I was able to work with him, I’m such a new actor. It was such a humbling experience for me, and I have to admit, I was very intimidated.”
Inamin din ni Tony na ni-research pa niya noon si Manoy Eddie sa internet nung malamang ito ang magiging co-actor niya sa ML.
“Ginoogle ko po siya,” natatawa niyang kuwento. “Sobrang dami niya palang mga ginawang pelikula—600 plus na ata, sobra.”
Eh, anong feeling niya na tuluy-tuloy na talaga ang acting career niya? Pagkatapos lumabas noon sa TV series na La Luna Sangre, nabigyan na rin siya ng chance sa pelikula.
“I honestly believe na God has a plan for everybody. Meron tayong destiny siguro. Tsaka wala, eh, yon talaga yung plan Niya para sa akin, na my first movie would be this.
“So, lahat na lang ng opportunities na binibigay ni Lord sa akin tinatanggap ko at saka gusto kong alagaan at gawin yung best ko,” rason ng aktor.
Ibinahagi rin ni Tony ang ilang bagay na natutunan niya while working with Mr. Garcia.
Ani Tony, “I think, personally, getting to know Tito Eddie, he’s a very respectable man and he takes his work so seriously and when you work with somebody like that it really inspires you to take your job seriously.
“It’s really amazing na just working with him, you really want to level up, really want to be better kasi if you don’t step up your game, parang lalamunin ka, so, it was really inspiring to work with him.
“This is an experience that I will always be able to tell people one day when I grow up, that I did a movie with Eddie Garcia!” proud niyang pahayag.
Sa ML na sinulat at idinirek ni Benedict Mique, Tony plays a sheltered teen-age boy who experiences “Martial Law” first hand—from a retired military soldier with slight dementia who believes it’s still the Martial Law era.
Paano ba niya pinaghandaan ang role?
“I’m a new actor, so I prepared by going through the script with Direk Benedict Mique and really evaluating every scene. He was always there for me, guiding me. That’s how we prepared.
“We had a really symbiotic relationship, kasi, I couldn’t do any other scenes without him, and obviously, I’m his main actor, and so we definitely helped each other out. I’m really blessed that he chose and trusted a new actor like me. So, we just prepared by working through it together.
“Direk Benedict just made us watch videos, because there are certain scenes that we needed to feel, like the horrible things that happened to people.”
Ano ang naging realization niya pagkatapos gawin ang pelikula?
“I think my realization now is that, you just have to make an open mind. Ako kasi, I’m not really a political person.
“But I think, after watching this movie, it’s just good to be very aware about your surroundings. I think, that’s the biggest thing. More than people taking sides, or to be aggressive or inactive, I think it’s just about knowing your surroundings, being more aware and just educating yourself,” huling pahayag niya sa PUSH.
Ipapalabas ang ML from August 3 to 12 sa CCP Theaters at sa ilang Ayala Cinemas (Trinoma, Glorietta, Greenbelt 1, UP Town Center, and Legazpi Cinema in Bicol).