Spotlight was able to have a quick Q&A with in-demand actor Ian Veneracion to talk about his indie movie Puti, which was directed by Mike Alcazaren. Here’s what he has to say about the movie and his role.
Interview by Denise Mallabo
What made you say yes to be part of Puti?
I usually attend readings, especially whenever my manager Ricky Gallardo would call me for anything because he knows naman that I enjoy doing it. Minsan you don’t get the job, minsan you do, but anyway, I enjoy it nonetheless. I met Direk Mike (Alcazaren) and he was very much interested in getting me for the role. Gusto nya kasi totoong painter kasi halata mo kapag hindi, kahit yung demeanor and temperament. Yung brother nya na si Johnny Alcazaren, painter din and I think sha yung naginsist na ako yung kunin. When I read the script, I was really impressed. Naisip ko if this guy can direct as good as he can write, sabi ko it’s going to be a good movie.
You played a painter named Amir in this movie, and everybody who knows you and who is a fan, knows you paint as well. What other qualities of Amir do you think you have similarities with?
A lot! For me, the hardest role to fake is not the one na sobrang layo sa’yo e. You always have the tendency to mimic or to pretend, but if the character is really, really close to the real you, it’s hard kasi it’s already blurring the lines. Parang di mo na alam kung umaarte pa ba ako o ako ito? Ganun. Yung joke ko nga kay Mike nun, sabi ko pagkatapos ng pagshoot namin ng Puti kailangan ko at least ten sessions ng psychotherapy [laughs]. Mahirap kasi minsan bitawan lalo na kapag hindi ka na umaarte, ikaw na mismo yun. It’s an actor’s aim or goal to not act on all the scenes. With Puti, wala ng acting, that was all me. Emotionally, I had to go through all the things that guy went through, that’s why I’m very proud of my work there. Sobrang bilib ako how Mike handled the movie
What was the biggest challenge in portraying your role?
I had to really dig deep and I was already borderline insane [laughs]. Kung si Heath Ledger my Joker, si Amir yung joker ko [laughs].
How was it working with Direk Mike Alcazaren?
He has a unique way of telling a story and since he writes also his stories, ang galing. Sobrang open sha sa creative freedom ng actors nya. He won’t tell you what to do. He’ll just explain the scene and he’ll describe the next, ganun lang, ganun ka vague. If know your character more than he does, you’ll just really go with it, and yun naman yung masarap dun kasi at that moment you’re living the character na talaga, wala na, parang hindi ka na umaarte.
Do you see yourself doing more thrillers in the future?
Oo naman! Kakatapos ko lang ng isa tapos may gagawin pa akong isa ulit. The one with Jerrold Tarog, we’re done na. It’s a horror thriller movie.
Do you see yourself doing more independent movies in the future?
Oo din, but of course just the ones I really like. Basta if I like the overall thing – the project, the script, and the director, walang problema.
Revenge.ph will be screening Mike Alcazaren’s Puti today, September 10, 2016 at the Finale Art File (Warehouse 17 La Fuerza Compound Gate 1 2241 Chino Roces Avenue Makati City), 7pm. Tickets are at 300php.