Robin prefers patronage over plaudits for ’10,000 Hours’He may be one of the most experienced lead actors in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) but Robin Padilla isn’t thinking of getting awards at all. In fact, between good box-office returns and snagging a trophy, he’d choose the first anytime.
“Ako, box office ang pipiliin ko kasi yung producer natin, mahirap kung madadala. Ok din naman yung best actor, wala naman akong problema dun, pero kung para ikampanya pa natin yun..” he said at the press conference of “10,000 hours.”
He went as far as to say, “tulungan ninyo na lang akong ikampanya yung pelikula—yung best actor, ibigay natin sa bata, makakatulong sa kanila yun.”
According to a release, “10,000 Hours” follows the adventures of Gabriel Molino Alcaraz, a policeman who goes up against organized kidnap-for-ransom groups. His enviable track record in the police force plus his daring exploits land him a seat in the Senate. But his enemies would not take this development sitting down and so they draw up evil schemes and twist arms of lawmakers to get back at innocent Gabriel.
Pushed to the wall, Gabriel is left with not much choice but to sacrifice time with his family by moving to Amsterdam, where he tries to locate the only person who can prove his innocence. His mission for his country does not end with the acquittal.
“Pangako, magandang pelikula po ito at bago po…matutuwa po kayo, para kayong nanuod ng pelikulang banyaga,” he said of shooting abroad and the overall feel of the film.
Admittedly, “10,000 Hours” is inspired in large part by incidents in former Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s life and career, particularly his fight against corruption.
Did Robin meet with the politician? What does the senator think of the movie?
“Yung pagkikita namin dati, pinunthan ko siya sa Senado, humingi ako ng permiso niya, may ginagawa pa akong ibang pelikula noon…Sabi ko, ‘Senador, puwede bang magawa yung pelikula mo?’ Eh bilib nga ako sa kanya eh….
“Napanuod na niya ito pero wala pang music, wala pang kahit ano. raw. Masaya (naman) siya (sa napanood niya). Hindi niya ako pinakialaman sa usapin ng pag arte. Bagamat may halong fiction ito ng konti, parehas lang kami sa usapin (na gawing) makatotohanan (ang pelikula in essence),” Robin said, whose preparation include poring over Lacson’s speeches.
“10,000 Hours” director Joyce Bernal said she made sure the actor looked and sounded every inch like the dignified public servant he was portraying on screen for the first time. Some have said the film stands a chance to win as Best Picture.
But as Robin said, he’d be just fine if people patronize the project.
“Isang malaking karangalan na sa akin ang gawin ang pelikulang ito.”
Others in the cast of Viva Films’ “10,000 Hours” are Bela Padilla, Carla Humphries, Mylene Dizon, Bella Padilla, Pen Medina, Alden Richards and more. It opens on Dec. 25.