Ayon sa award-winning actor na si Joel Torre, natupad na ang isa sa bucket list niya na gumanap bilang flamboyant gay sa pelikula nang ibigay sa kanya ng Viva Films ang role ni Mother Joy sa Barumbadings.
Barumbadings is written and directed by Darryl Yap and it also stars Baron Geisler, Mark Anthony Fernandez, and Jeric Raval na gumaganap din bilang mga gay gangster sa movie.
“This is the first time that I’m playing a very flamboyant gay,” ani Joel. “Ang dami ng roles that I portrayed through the years. Seriously, playing gay was part of my bucket list, that’s why I didn’t hesitate,” reaksyon ng dating FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano star.
“I was very excited with the novelty na ang gaganap na Barumbadings are the action stars. Talagang mga lalaki. That was a plus bonus,” dagdag pa ng aktor.
Ibinahagi rin ni Joel kung sino ang mga naging peg at inspirasyon niya for the role.
Kuwento ni Joel, “I didn’t want Mother Joy to be superficial or representational lang. It was partly composite of a lot of my gay friends and even some who are iconic ones. The role being motherly, so I took up the challenge of trying to be our production designer, si Fiel Sabat, who’s really very motherly, napaka-lambing and very feminine.
“I have a lot of gay friends who were iconic in the fashion world, but they’re not with us now—Ruben Nazareth and Dennis Tan. They were the old-school gays. They were very motherly and very caring.”
Para mas maging believable sa kanyang karakter ay kinailangan ding mag-stiletto ni Joel sa ibang eksena, magsuot ng bra, at maglagay ng eyelashes.
“First time ko sa buong buhay ko to wear a bra. I empathize with the women how uncomfortable it is. First time ko din to wear eyelashes. Yung pagsusuot naman ng high heels that’s a pain, but I really enjoyed doing my scenes.
“Lahat sila were a challenge for me. It was fun. All the scenes I really enjoyed because it was my first time to do them,” kuwento pa ng aktor.
“There was also a scene where Mother Joy has to make an ultimate sacrifice without the protégés knowing it. That was a very difficult scene for me. Alam mo naman si Direk Darryl, ang bilis niyang mag-trabaho.
“Nahirapan talaga ako sa mga emotional na eksena, but at the same time you have to deliver it in a very feminine way. Your feelings are very manly, pero kailangan ilabas mo in a very feminine way, with mascara smearing.
“You’re showing your deepest emotions in a very, not flamboyant, but malambing way. Pwede ka namang humagulgol, but you should taper the scene down. Dapat very womanly,” tuluy-tuloy ulit na pahayag ni Joel.
Suportado naman si Joel ng kanyang pamilya sa kanyang bagong role assignment.
Sabi niya, “My family was very supportive and appreciative. I got the silhouette and peg for my character. They brought out my photos when I was younger, then na photoshop with long hair.
“Kamukhang-kamukha ko pala talaga ang mga anak kong babae. So the role was very acceptable to them. They helped me how to act feminine, so part of my preparation actually helped the silhouette of my character for Mother Joy.”
Barumbadings is streaming on Vivamax on November 5.