While the latest Cinemalaya Best Picture awardee Respeto raves good feedback since it has been commercially released, fans wonder if the film's lead star Abra will continue to venture into acting.
In an interview with PUSH, Abra, whose real name is Raymond Abracosa, admitted that he is open to do more acting jobs.
"Yeah open naman ako and na-e-excite naman ako pag sobrang lupit ng concept at nung role na binigay. Pero honestly gusto ko talaga mag-dwell sa sarili kong elements through music kasi marami akong kailangan bawiin na songs. Kasi yun talaga yung foundation ng pagiging artist ko. Pero sobrang nag-open ng utak ko sabay ng pag open ng doors into this film world. As an artist yung goal ko talaga sa sarili ko is to always put out stuff that is beyond mediocre, na ipakita talaga kung ano yung galing ng Pilipino dahil andiyan naman lahat ng resources pero meron naman diyang ‘puwede na yan’ attitude na hindi ko talaga trip. At nakakatuwa dahil sa pelikula na ito wala nun. Sobrang talagang dedicated lahat at nakakatuwa dahil part din kami nun at naimbag namin yung ka-O.C-han namin dito and it turned out to be something phenomenal. Sobrang lupit lang hindi ako makapaniwala,” he shared.
In Respeto, Abra played the role of Hendrix, who, amidst the poverty and violence happening around him, dreams of becoming a rapper. But he needs to find the right words to penetrate the hiphop world through the help of a seasoned poet Doc (played by veteran actor Dido dela Paz).
The "Gayuma" hitmaker also shared that he learned a lot from the whole process of being in a film.
“First off, I gained a new respect for actors and their art and for those beyond the camera. Yung kabuuan ng film is so much fun, so much art to do, so much creativity goes around, you get to learn to apply and incorporate in your own art," he said.
"So ang nakita ko dun yung dedication ng cast sa character nila, the way they say their lines, yung emotion na nag-co-correspond perfectly for every line and how they deliver it so well. Ang galing how they get into character. Ang galing sila direk how they get you into character. Kahawig siya ng rap eh at pagawa ng music pero much more disciplined. So yun yung nakita ko na maganda rin itong disiplina na ito kasi makakatulong ito sa dynamics ng isang verse or rap song,” he added.
Apart from being open to accept roles, Abra is set to release a new album.
“Actually maraming-marami ang mangyayari. Maglalabas ako ng sarili kong album iniisip ko pa yung pangalan pero 18 tracks yun, 12 songs. Lalabas siya pure indie next month. Pagkatapos nun maglalabas pa ako ng isa pang solo album as Abra at saka babalik ako sa battle scene. Uumayin ko muna sarili ko sa music kasi ang sarap mag-dwell at mag-create. F*** the money,” he concluded.
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