Piolo and Angel: no holds barred for their first movie team-up
By Rachelle Siazon
After more than a month of training for horseback riding at the Manila Polo Club, Piolo Pascual and Angel Locsin are off to Bukidnon this Friday, August 29, to begin filming their first movie together which has been tentatively titled Land Down Under. "We’re excited, definitely, after Lobo. This is the first time for me and Angel to do characters na malayo sa amin. And yung pagho-horseback riding ang saya eh. I always look forward to the movies that I do because iba lagi yung approach. And with Direk Rory (Quintos), you can be sure na it’s a nice movie, na hindi papabayaan. After all her critically acclaimed movies, alam naman natin how she works," said Piolo during the Star Cinema story conference yesterday, August 27.
Piolo had to learn the ways of a real cowboy since the film aims to convey the exciting yet difficult life of people working on a ranch. "Masakit at first. Actually on my first day [of training], nagkablisters ako. Nasugatan ako talaga because I didn’t know how to ride although eventually you’ll get the hang of it. So habang tumatagal mas nagugustuhan ko siya. I feel good knowing na hindi siya ganun kahirap na trabaho kasi naeenjoy ko siya," the dashing actor shared. However, he is aware that it will be a whole different experience once he actually rides a horse on the rough terrains of Bukidnon.
As for Angel, she’s also required to do horseback riding her character just works on a pineapple plantation. "Ang sarap ng feeling. Actually kahit nung nalaglag ako, sumakay ako ulit, hindi ako natakot. Awa ng Diyos wala namang nabali," stressed Angel, who’s raring to apply what she learned from Manila Polo Club. "Challenge lahat maski yung behind the scenes eh, siyempre sa Bukidnon kami magiistay, so walang glamorous types talaga. Pati sa Australia magtetent lang kami at saka sleeping bags. Kasama namin yung mga insects," she quipped.
But Angel insisted that she has no qualms despite the expected hassles while shooting the film at far-off locations. "Naexcite ako kasi hindi ako pinag-girl scout ng erpat ko eh. So feeling ko nagkacamping lang kami ‘di ba? So bonnga lang sa akin," she replied.
When prodded about their loves scenes, Angel refused to elaborate since she has yet to decide how daring her part will be. "Pinaguusapan namin ni direk. Siyempre ang movie mas special naman yan, mas iba yung atake, yung character namin mismo medyo adult. Pero siyempre hindi naman tayo gagawa ng hindi maganda ang lalabas. So tignan natin," Angel asserted. Piolo responeded in a similar vein. "Usually naman I just rely on my director eh. And as an actor I’ll just have to do my part. I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I never plan with regards to scenes like that, which is very critical, intense, and sensitive. Lagi kong pinapaubaya sa director yun."
Nevertheless, Angel believed that she and Piolo will be more comfortable this time around because they have established a good friendship while making their series Lobo. "Yes, lalo na sa mga daring scenes. Kasi si Piolo maalaga talaga. Hindi mo pagiisipan na magtetake advantage kahit na winiwish mong magtake advantage. Hindi mo pagiisipan talaga [ng masama]."
Piolo was likewise very happy with their team-up whether on- or off-camera. "Angel and I share the same passion. We love what we do, we love our craft. We’re always open for new challenges and growth. I think pareho naming mahal ang trabaho namin to the point na we’re willing to do anything to be able to give our audience something worth watching," Piolo concluded.
Land Down Under is tentatively set for a November 12 opening as the final movie in Star Cinema’s 15th anniversary movie offering.
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