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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.

May 17, 2012

Why Most Aspiring Actors Look Up To Coco Martin As Their Role Model

COCO MARTIN is the role model of today’s aspiring actors. When auditions for sexy indie films are held, so many young men are willing to disrobe and they say they’re just following in Coco’s footsteps. Coco was introduced playing the title role in “Masahista”, where he not only disrobed but even got himself sodomized by Allan Paule. In “Daybreak”, he did unabashed kissing and bedscenes with Paulo Rivero. In “Serbis”, he did frontal nudity.

In spite of all these daring scenes, look at him now. He’s the hottest primetime actor on ABS now, with his “Walang Hanggan” a toprater that even eclipses Piolo Pascual and Jericho Rosales’ “Dahil sa Pag-ibig” in the ratings. He now does mainstream films, like “Born to Love You” where he helps introduce singer Angeline Quinto to stardom. He’s also so busy as an endorser. No wonder new actors idolize him and are willing to take the same route that he has taken.

He successfully helped launched Julia Montes in “Walang Hanggan” on TV, how does it feel being the leading man of Angeline in her first movie? “I’m really happy na makatulong sa mga baguhan,” he says. “Kung anuman ang mararating ni Angeline, I’m glad akong unang leading man niya. Noong una, para siyang robot kung umarte. Kailangan talaga ng suporta at patience, but it paid off kasi nang panoorin namin ang movie, magaling siya, lalo sa drama. I play a photographer here at siya naman, tourist guide. Then we meet and we discover we are born to love each other.”

Jerome Pobocan directs the movie that opens on May 30.