It’s been more than a decade since he first joined showbiz as the teen housemate known as “The Lethal Lasallite” in the Pinoy Big Brother house but Josef Elizalde has proven that his passion for acting has paid off after being offered a lead role in the sexy erotic film X-Deal 2.
“When I was offered this project tapos lead role pa, siyempre I was very thrilled and honored na I’m given this opportunity after 14 years of being in the industry. Although meron akong konting hesitation. Kasi one, kailangan ko siya pag-isipan ng mabuti if kaya ko bang magawa ito? Not only because of my personal ano, pero ayokong mabigo si direk Law, ayokong mabigo yung Viva na binigyan ako ng ganitong project tapos hindi ko naman mabibigay ng todo todo. But aside from that, I was really, really happy. Finally by God’s time binigay sa akin itong role na ‘to and Viva entrusted me to do it. So siyempre I’m really honored. I’m really touched,” he shared during the X-Deal 2 mediacon.
In preparation for his role, Josef said it was perfect timing to show off his physique after becoming serious about fitness starting last year.
“Wala, suwerte lang din ako na nung time na in-accept ko yung project at ginawa ko yung project, I was really into fitness na. Because I’m trying to pursue a fitness journey soon kaya yun yung fino-focus-an ko rin. Hindi naman yung pagpapapayat ko kasi, siyempre nagising na ako sa katotohanan na napakalaki ko na pala dati. Tapos nag-pandemic pa. Mukha na akong balloon. Tapos I think it was time for me to focus on myself for my health. Yung sa hair ko, nagpahaba na din naman ako ng hair before. Pero ito nagkataon lang na humaba ulit siya. Tinamad lang ako magpagupit kasi nga pandemic rin so pinahaba ko na lang siya. Wala parang mas madaming tao din kasi nagsasabi na mas may character sa akin yung ganitong buhok than my short hair,” he explained.
In X-Deal 2, Josef plays the role of Peter who goes to an island resort along with his girlfriend Violet (played by Rob Guinto). Once there, they run into Olivia (Angela Morena) who turns out to be Peter’s ex-flame. The couple end up agreeing to an exchange deal with her so that Peter can get the closure he needs from their past relationship. Josef admitted that this is his first time to work on a sexy film.
“All throughout my career I’ve been given various roles and characters. I’ve done gay roles, mga bad boy, whatever. Never pa ako na-offer-an ng ganitong sexy movie and this is my first time doing this type of sexy movie talaga. Feeling ko, sa 14 years ko na sa industry, gusto ko lang din ma-explore or makita din yung kung hanggang saan ako. Malay ko if I’m really meant pala for doing sexy films or what not. I’m curious and so far I’m enjoying it naman. Okay siya. It’s challenging. Eh ako mas gusto ko yung na-cha-challenge ako para nasusubukan yung sarili ko,” he admitted.
Watch the trailer here:
Watch X-Deal 2 exclusively on Vivamax. Starring Josef Elizalde, Angela Morena, and Rob Guinto. Directed by Lawrence Fajardo.