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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.

Nov 23, 2011

Maricar Reyes Scared Of The Press

MARICAR REYES feels sad that she was in Canada when she won her first acting award as Cinema One Filmfest best actress for her portrayal of an incorruptible young lawyer in “Anatomiya ng Korupsyon”. “Sayang nga, e,” she told us at the pictorial of “Tamawo” (the Ilonggo word for ‘maligno’), her episode in “Shake, Rattle & Roll 13”.

Maricar doesn’t usually allow herself to be interviewed by the press but Mother Lily was sitting there beside her so she was brave enough to face us this time. “Shake 13” is her second film with Regal after “White House”, also a horror flick which she did with Gabby Concepcion. “I like her, she’s very beautiful and also a good actress,” says Mother Lily, who made sure no questions were asked about Maricar's past.

What’s her role in “Tamawo”? “I’m the blind wife of Zanjoe Marudo,” says Maricar. “Bale second husband ko siya as I have a son from my first marriage, Bugoy Carino. We relocate to the province where he’s hired to manage a ranch, without us knowing the place is inhabited by tamawos who threaten our lives.”

How did she prepare for her blind role? “My pegs are Al Pacino in ‘Scent of a Woman’ and Bjork in ‘Dancer in the Dark’. Before each take, I close my eyes muna and feel the set so I’d know how to move around. It’s hard, especially the climax of the story shot in a waterfall in the mountains where we’re chased by the tamawos. Mabato, maputik and yet, kailangan,
bulag ako.”

She’s a doctor by profession. “I passed the board but soon after that, showbiz beckoned so I never got to practice it. Now, I’m enjoying my work as an actress.” How’s it working with “Tamawo” director Richard Somes? “I had fun. Even if we’re doing a horror film, it’s very light on the set. We’ve worked na before in ‘Imortal’ so kilala ko na siya. Si Zanjoe naman, we worked in ‘Lovers in Paris’. Ang first time ko naka-work dito is Celia Rodriguez who plays an albularyo. She’s so sweet and I learned so much from her as she knows so much about everything.”