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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 15, 2016

Sid Lucero Admits He Was Into Shabu Before But Has Since Kicked The Habit And Is Now Clean & Drug-Free

SID LUCERO joined showbiz ten years ago when he was introduced in the film “Donsol” and won a best new actor award. He quickly played a lead role opposite Iza Calzado in “Batanes” and the next year, he won the Urian best actor award for “Selda”. He won more best actor awards for “Muli” and became a favorite of internationally acclaimed director Lav Diaz in films like “Heremias” and “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan”.

We really thought he’s well on his way to superstardom just like his contemporary, Coco Martin, who also started by getting noticed and winning awards in indie films. But something went wrong somewhere. Coco went on to be a big star on TV doing hit shows like “Juan de la Cruz” and “Ang Probinsyano”. Sid was given lead roles by ABS-CBN in such shows as “Kung Fu Kids”, “Magkano ang Iyong Dangal” and “Ligaw na Bulaklak”. He then moved to GMA and also did lead roles in “Amaya”, “Magkano Ba ang Pag-ibig”, “Legacy” and “Katipunan” where he played Andres Bonifacio.

It was at this point that stories about his being unprofessional and difficult to work with circulated, alleging he sleeps on the set and seems to be under the influence. He was not given any soap last year but he bounced back early this year in “The Millionaire’s Wife”. Now, he plays villain to Dingdong Dante in “Alyas Robin Hood” and claims to be a new man.

“There was a time na I wasn’t myself and had to sort things out,” he says. “I got addicted to painkillers after my knee was operated on and doctors prescribed to me injectable painkillers. So I became dependent on them and it led to some sort of addiction. I admit to have used shabu, but I have since kicked the habit, a long time ago na. I started doing therapy and got into Muay Thai. Being into sports, doon nag-iba ang takbo ng isip ko, ng katawan ko. I’m ready to undergo a drug test to prove I’m drug free. I know I’m clean and will pass it with flying colors.”

In “Alyas Robin Hood”, he plays the son of his real life aunt, Cherie Gil. “Yes, I’m excited to work with her. In ‘Millionaire’s Wife’, anak naman ako ni Tita Jane (Jaclyn Jose), and it’s nice to work with such great actresses.”

He now seems to be relegated to contravida roles. “I see to it I change the styles of my villainy. I play a more vicious and ruthless contravida here in ‘Alyas Robin Hood’. Sobrang spoiled brat ako rito na gagawin ang lahat just to get what I want. I’m in love with Megan Young but she’s already on with Dingdong Dantes, so I kill Dingdong’s dad, Christopher de Leon, then I frame up Dingdong for the murder at siya ang nabilanggo.”

With regard to his lovelife, he doesn’t hide that he’s now into a relationship with indie actress, Annika Dolonious, who he met when they were paired in the indie film “Apocalypse Now”. “One year na rin kami. She’s very caring and she keeps me well grounded.”