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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.

Oct 8, 2017

Seasoned Character Actor Mon Confiado Plays A TNT (Tago Ng Tago) Pinoy In America In An International Movie, 'Stateside', That Shows A Different Side Of The American Dream

SEASONED CHARACTER ACTOR Mon Confiado has just finished an international movie in the U.S. where he plays the lead role, “Stateside”. “Ako lang yung Filipino at puro Americans na ang mga kasama ko,” he says. “I play an illegal alien na naging TNT sa America at naging homeless. It’s directed by a Fil-Am director, Marshall Chavez. It will have its U.S premiere on November 18, so I’m going. Tapos, it will be shown in international film festivals. My director told me that Warner Bros. is now interested to screen it for possible distribution.”

Some actors are jobless but Mon is doing one movie after another. He is in the cast of “Those Long Haired Nights” where he plays Mang Roger, the pimp of transgender prosties in the red light district of Makati on Burgos St. “Maraming real transgenders cast in the movie at nakakuwentuhan ko sila. I learned about their struggles as rampadoras of Burgos St. at nagulat ako kasi it’s a real big business pala. May mga lalaki talagang ang gusto, transgenders. From their stories, I created my own character as their bugaloo. The film is now about to be shown in various filmfests abroad.”

He has also finished shooting two films for Direk Chito Rono. “First is ‘Ghost Bride’ for Star Cinema. Ako yung landlord ni Kim Chiu na pinagkakautangan ng pamilya niya. Gusto ko siyang maging asawa, pero ayaw niya and instead, she chose to marry a dead Chinese whose family, babayaran siya ng malaki, not know it will have terrifying consequences. Then I did ‘Cignal Rock’ shot at Biri Island in Samar, home province ni Direk Chito. Kasama ko rito si Christian Bables and it’s about feuding families.”

He’s also shooting two new films. “I’m playing Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in ‘Heneral Goyo’, with Paulo Avelino as Gregorio del Pilar. It’s a big historical movie at nangangalahati pa lang kami sa shoot. 60 days shoot ito, pang-38th day pa lang namin. Then I’ll start shooting a horror movie for CineFilipino, ‘Poon’, where I will play a priest, written and directed by a new filmmaker, Ronnie Benaid. On TV, I’m about to start taping the second season of ‘Tukhang’ for Cignal TV, where I play a senator.”