Coco Martin 'inspired' by Joel Torre, Christopher de Leon

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 18 2014 11:05 AM | Updated as of Aug 18 2014 07:05 PM

Coco Martin and veteran actors Joel Torre and Christopher de Leon. File Photo.

MANILA - Actor Coco Martin admitted that he is a fan of veteran actors Joel Torre and Christopher de Leon, who are both part of his hit series "Ikaw Lamang".

Martin said he is inspired by Torre and de Leon, saying that he admires their talent and dedication to their craft.

"Sina Tito Boyet at Tito Joel, isa po silang inspirasyon para sa akin. Sobrang saya ko na kapag nakatrabaho ko ang mga aktro na kagaya nila. Napakarami ko pong natututunan," Martin told reporters.

"[Natutunan ko] 'yung discipline pagdating sa trabaho. Nakikita ko 'yung dedication nila pagdating sa trabaho. Siyempre nandoon din po 'yung marami akong natutunan sa kanila pagdating sa personal na buhay," he added.

When asked to choose between Torre and de Leon when it comes to his career "peg," Martin said: "Honestly hindi ko po alam kung saang direksyon ako mapupunta. Kumbaga, nandoon pa lang ako sa gumagawa ako ng direksyon para sa sarili ko."

Martin said, however, that he finds a lot of similarities between him and Torre, his co-star in the defunct fantasy series "Juan dela Cruz".

"Si Tito Joel, marami kaming similarities. Kapag nasa set ako, inaaral din ko sila 'di lang bilang aktor [kundi pati] bilang tao. Sabi ko nga, ayaw ko namang umalis sa industriyang ito o sa trabahong ito na dumaan lang. Sabi ko, sana dumating ang araw na marating ko yung narating nina Tito Joel at Tito Boyet na hindi ka man sumikat na sumikat, eh matatandaan ka ng tao dahil sa ginawa mo," Martin said.

In "Ikaw Lamang," Torre takes on the character of the older Samuel originally played by Martin, who is now Gabriel. De Leon, on the other hand, is playing the older Franco Hidalgo originally portrayed by Jake Cuenca.

"Ikaw Lamang" airs weeknights after "Hawak Kamay".