As part of the 2018 Cinema One Originals entry Double Twisting Double Back, Joem Bascon said he immediately got challenged upon hearing about the role. “The producer Shandii Bacolod ang tumawag sa akin. Sabi niya lang, ‘I have a role for you, ikakabaliw mo!’ Tapos nag meet kami with direk Joseph Abello. Inexplain nila sa akin ang role. Nabaliw nga ako. Pati Star Magic nabaliw din sa role. I said yes to this kasi dream role siya and I trust the producer,” he told PUSH.
Joem said he loves the challenge of playing a complex character with multiple layers. “Yung role ko ay best friend ni Badger (Tony Labrusca). Fearless siya. walang kinanatakutan. matapang, walang limit. nakakatakot ang character pero syempre in real life naiisip natin minsan na maging matapang at walang kinanatakutan. Kaya very challenging ang role. Kakaiba ang role ko sa film na to. Mahirap pero masarap i-dissect. Super challenging,” he explained.
Having portrayed various roles in indie and mainstream films, the 32-year-old actor said he has learned a lot from his experiences ever since he got started in movies like Batanes more than a dozen years ago. “Ngayon, mas lumalim ang aspeto ko at tingin sa mga bagay bagay. I take my job seriously. ‘acting’. Hanggat kaya ko umarte, aarte ako.
“Is acting easier now for me? Di ko masabi. Pero I always feel blessed kapag nakakakuha ng challenging na role tulad ng role ko dito sa Double Twisting Double Back,” he explained.
Working for the first time with his co-star Tony Labrusca was seamless for Joem, who only had nice things to share about the acting newbie. “Magaling si Tony. Hindi pa nyia alam na magaling siya at super humble. Malayo mararating niya. Itong movie namin is about mental health. Importante ‘to. Kailangan natin ng mga pelikula na sumisira ng norm at formula na nakagisnan na. 2018 daw ay Mental Health Awareness year kaya eksakto ang film namin,” he said.
Watch Double Twisting Double Back at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival from October 12 to 21, 2018.