Rio Locsin reacts to indie director's controversial remarks

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 29 2011 06:31 PM | Updated as of Jun 30 2011 02:32 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Veteran actress Rio Locsin, who has appeared in several independent films, shrugged off the controversial remarks made by indie filmmaker Rafael Santos about theater actors deemed “arrogant” and "condescending.”

Santos received heavy criticisms online after his interview on ANC made the rounds of social networking sites.

In the interview, Santos said he “personally finds that theater actors are better to work with because they don’t complain.”

“You can feed them Skyflakes 3 meals a day and pay them in cat food basically,” he said. “They’re never late. They cry when you want them to cry. Other actors kasi, you have to hit them first. So that’s why I like working with theater people.”

When asked to comment, Locsin, who admitted that it was her first time to hear about Santos’ remarks, did not address the issue directly. Instead, she said that whenever she accepts movie projects, she just focuses on work.

“Kahit sinong tao, pareho lang ang working relationship, pareho lang ang working conditions. It doesn’t matter kung ano ang kakainin, ang importante may trabaho at makaka-impart ka ng values, kapupulutan ng aral [ang pelikula ko],” said Locsin.

Locsin is part of the Filipino-American War film “Amigo."

Santos is the director of the short film “Samarito,” which is an entry in this year’s Cinemalaya Film Festival. –With Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News