|Zanjoe Marudo in a scene from the Cinemalaya film "Kalayaan"
MANILA, Philippines -- After gaining good notices for his performance in the Cinemalaya entry "Kalayaan," actor Zanjoe Marudo is eager to do more independent films next year.
In an interview on Tuesday for his Metro Manila Film Festival entry "One More Try," Marudo said among his resolutions for 2013 is to another independent movie.
The Kapamilya actor also said he will be more choosy in accepting roles.
"Pipili na nang magagandang roles, 'yung mas challenging at gagawa na din ako ng pang-festival 'yung indie film. Isasama ko na siya sa list ko. Hindi pwedeng matatpaos ang isang taon na hindi ako gagawa isang indie para panlaban sa mga festival," Marudo said, adding that he also aims to live a healthy lifestyle so he can have more energy for his work.
According to Marudo, he really learned a lot from doing indie films.
"Madami akong natutunan, ang dami kong nagawang characters. Ang sarap din ng pakiramdam na 'yung pelikulang Filipino ay napapanood sa ibang bansa at nare-recognized ang sarap ng feeling. Minsan mayroon kang hinihingi as an actor na hindi mo magagawa sa mainstream, sa TV, eh doon ka tatakbo sa indie. Kailangan mo paminsan-minsan," he explained.
Marudo revealed that he might do a Korean indie film soon after a Korean director saw him in "Kalayaan," where he played a solider assigned to the Spratlys.
"Sana ay matuloy 'yung isang Korean film na ino-offer sa akin, parang indie film sa Korea. Napanood nila ako sa 'Kalayaan' at nag-offer sila ng movie. Nagpadala pa lang sila ng synopsis," he said.
"Kalayaan," directed by Adolfo Alix Jr., was screened at the Busan International Film Festival last October. Marudo said a Korean director saw the film.
'Hinanap nila si Direk Adolf Alix. Gusto niya akong i-cast sa movie niya na ako ang bida kasi ang character ay isang sundalo na half-Filipino, half Korean," Marudo said.