Stage play star Vince Tañada debuts as film actor in ‘Otso’-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
PEOPLE whose pursuits are as disparate as acting and lawyering are considered a rare breed in the country or in other parts of the world.
It’s a known fact that movie or TV celebrities most times can only be seen with an attorney when faced with certain legal predicaments.
Most often than not, there is also a slim chance that a lawyer standing next to you could deliver some killer lines in front of the camera or on stage.
To be both an actor and a lawyer -- now that’s a very unique combination, but that’s what makes Vincent ‘Vince’ Tañada stand out from his peers.
He may be an odd man out in both the acting and lawyering professions but the fact that he can pull it off is reason enough for people to take notice.
The actor-lawyer is no spring chicken to the world of acting, though.
To date, he has produced or acted in numerous stage plays (and winning awards in the process) since his college days, among them, Desaparecidos, The Lieutenant’s Princess, Pinoy Samurai, Ako Si Ninoy, A Filipino Musicale, and Cory ng EDSA.
Vince is on the forefront once again, this time as the leading actor in the indie film ‘Otso.’
Directed by Elwood Perez, whose past works have earned him the distinction as one of the best directors in Philippine cinema, ‘Otso’ is a glimpse into the life of a screenwriter who has tried his luck in the movie mecca of Los Angeles only to come back to the country of his birth and doing what he always love, writing movie scripts.
‘Otso’ is also an entry to the First Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival this month. A snippet of the movie can be viewed on YouTube.
This writer got in touch with Vince via e-mail and he graciously answered the questions thrown his way.
In the film ‘Otso,’ what is your role and how did you prepare for it?
I played the role of an aspiring screenwriter who returns to Manila when my attempt at a film career in Los Angeles fizzles. My intention is to write a script for an independent film by Director Jim (Jun Urbano). In the process I discovered that my illusions of filmmaking, of romance, and of the city itself, are at odds with the truth.
How hard or easy was it to convince you to take that role?
I am a scriptwriter. I was just tasked by Direk Elwood to supply dialogues for an existing sequence treatment he’s been keeping for several years. In the process of writing, he just mentioned that the role fits me. He offered me the project and considering that my existence as an artist is to serve the arts and to develop my craft, I readily agreed.
What are the chances that ‘Otso’ will gain mainstream acceptance from Filipino moviegoers?
Filipinos are now ready with profound art film. Cinema is dying because we have failed to present something new. This is a fresh concept, almost ahead of its time, and I am positive that the Filipino audience is now ready for something like this.
(Do you think) Otso will garner film awards, both local and international?
Awards and recognitions are just bonuses. You don’t perform to the fullest of your capacity because of the awards. You perform well to further the story and to present the truth. If recognized, definitely we will be delighted, but truth in performance is our mission as an artist.
What films (both indie and commercial) have you watched lately and can you explain briefly why you like them?
OTJ and Thy Womb are great competitors of this film in the international arena.
Where do you think the Philippine film industry is heading?
Philippine Cinema is now starting to recuperate after an extensive hiatus.
What is your advice to aspiring film directors and actors so they can get recognized for their art?
Perform well and avoid regrets.
Otso is presently showing in SM cinemas nationwide.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 12, 2013.