Pangatlong pelikula na ni Eddie Garcia sa Cinemalaya ang ML (Martial Law). In 2005, during the birth of Cinemalaya Film Festival, naging bida si Manong Eddie sa ICU Bed No. 7.
Seven years later in 2012, the award-winning actor (and director) topbilled an unforgettable Cinemalaya film, Bwakaw, by Jun Robles Lana.
Sa parehong pelikula ay napagwagian ng beteranong aktor ang Cinemalaya best actor awards.
Sa ML ay ginagampanan ng actor-director ang role ng isang retired colonel with a slight dementia na nag-aakalang nabubuhay pa rin siya sa era ng Martial Law.
At the age of 89, what makes him take on film roles until now, especially that it’s his third in Cinemalaya?
“Well, whatever is offered to me, I accept it. It’s just a job. Ako kasi, kahit na anong i-offer, tinatanggap ko, eh. Walang masamang damo sa akin.
“There’s something in Cinemalaya, because naiiba ito kesa sa mga ordinaryong film festivals. But it’s just a job. If awards come, it’s just a bonus,” paliwanag niya sa PUSH.
Wala pa ba siyang balak mag-retire sa showbiz?
“None. As long as they need me, I’ll be there. If they don’t need me anymore, I will quit,” sagot ng iconic actor.
For the record, Eddie Garcia has been in the industry for 69 years now (his first film was in 1949), has made around 600 films, and has a total of 39 awards (local and international), the only Filipino actor who's been elevated to the FAMAS Hall of Fame (as best actor, best supporting actor, and best director), and other Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Eh, bakit ba niya tinanggap ang pelikulang ML?
Aniya, “I believe that the film has an intriguing concept and it’s good to be shown to today’s generation. Dapat talaga itong mapanood ng mga kabataan ngayon.
“I think the film is very timely too, so it will be good if it will be seen by the youth of today. Magugustuhan nila ito, lalo na ang mga taong hindi pa buhay nu’ng panahon ng Martial Law. Para makita nila kung ano ang nangyari,” katwiran ng veteran actor.
Kasama ni Mr. Garcia ang baguhang si Tony Labrusca sa ML na si Benedict Mique ang director.
Magsisimula ang Cinemalaya Film Festival sa August 3 at tatagal hanggang 21 at ipapalabas sa CCP Theaters and other Ayala Cinemas.