Gerald Anderson in a different league of acting


Looking back on his experience working on his latest movie, the crime thriller “On the Job,” Gerald Anderson couldn’t help feeling “blessed and lucky” that he was given a “rare opportunity” to be in the company of Piolo Pascual and Joel Torre—two actors in show biz whom he emulates.

In the movie directed by Erik Matti, Gerald plays Daniel, prisoner-turned-hitman under the tutelage of fellow inmate Mario (Joel). Acting alongside the veteran, Gerald pointed out, was at once enjoyable and enriching for himself as a maturing actor.

“I learned and absorbed a lot from Tito Joel. He was my mentor for the film, and now, also for life,” Gerald told the Inquirer. “I picked up a lot of things simply by observing him.”

On the other hand, Piolo—who plays Francis, an NBI agent tasked to hunt down Daniel—has always been one of Gerald’s idols since joining show biz in 2006 via “Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition.”

“Working with [Piolo] was a dream come true,” Gerald said. “He was like an elder brother. Not everything’s rosy in show biz; you go through a lot. It’s good to have someone you can talk to.”

The 24-year-old has so far starred mostly in romantic-comedies or dramas, and has been raring to do something different—

specifically, an action movie. Though initially shocked upon learning that he would portray a rough-acting, potty-mouthed contract killer, Gerald said it motivated him even more to accept the role.

GERALD Anderson and Joel Torre in “On the Job”

The Kapamilya star shared with scribes at a recent press con that he did his own research to prepare for the movie, and also presented his own ideas to Matti. “I watched a lot of movies about hitmen, and tried to learn more about life in prison,” he related. “On the first day of shooting, I told Direk I wanted to shave my eyebrows and do something radically different with my hair… I imagined how Daniel should look.”

Love scene

One of Gerald’s most memorable experiences working on “OTJ”—declared Jury’s Choice at the recent Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in Korea—was doing a love scene with newbie Dawn Jimenez, which reportedly took eight hours to finish. “We did a lot of different shots… I thought it was kind of awkward for Dawn because it was just her second day on the set. I tried to make her feel comfortable,” Gerald said, adding that the scene turned out beautifully.

Meanwhile, “surreal” was how Gerald described the feeling of attending this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where “On the Job” premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight and ended in a two-minute standing ovation. He recounted standing under the spotlights inside the dark Theater Croisette after the screening.

“Seeing so many people appreciating the film, the acting, the craft… It was so overwhelming, but at the same time humbling as an actor,” he said.

Gerald never imagined that acting would take him to places—literally and figuratively. He said he left Cannes a more educated and inspired actor, and that newfound drive he would take wherever he goes and whatever he does.

Produced by Reality Entertainment and Star Cinema, the movie opens in cinemas today.

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  • takeno12

    “in a different league of acting” … Huh?! Saan galing yun? Nothing in the story supports what the title is suggesting. Anderson may be honing his craft but he is in no way “in a different league of acting”.
    Wow chill.

    • hustlergalore

      ganito kasi iyan. itong pelikulang ito na papanuorin ko in the next few days ay under sa promotional tool ng star cinema kung kaya’t nakasentro ang lahat ng publisidad nito kay gerald anderson at mangilan-ngilan kay piolo pascual kahit na ang bida sa pelikula ay walang iba kung hindi ang napakahusay na si joel torre.

      at pustahan tayo pagkatapos maipalabas ang pelikulang ito ang sentro ng publisidad nito ay “ang galing galing ni gerald anderson. grabe ang galing-galing na. best actor.” at yan naman ay ipagkakalat ng pantardos. kahit naman obvious na si joel torre at erik matti ang nagshine sa pelikulang ito. you know, from puchon win.


      • hustlergalore

        to Akainu Sakazuki

        omg, fantard! o tapos? hindi nga kumita ang movie e. sayang! so saan ang katwiran mo ngayon na kikita ang movie kung saan si gerald anderson ang focal point of promotion?


        “nabayaran at may credit naman si torre at matti.” hindi mo ba alam na brainchild ito ni matti? natural sa kanya lahat ang credito. at si joel torre din ang ginamit niyang artista nung gumawa siya ng clip to pitch the story to foreign producers.

        hahahahahahahahahaha! memasabi na lang kayo!

  • Hardkorero

    Tapang ng ateh nyu dito..

  • hustlergalore

    Produced by Reality Entertainment and Star Cinema, the movie opens in cinemas today.

    – in fairness. alam ng manunulat kung sino dapat ang mauna. reality entertainment – ang nag-isip at nagbigay ng pawis at buhay para mabuo ang pelikula.

  • peach black

    walanghiya ang kapal ng pagmumukha nitong si Matti. Aba’y plagiarized ito sa The Orphan pati movie poster gayang-gaya. At itong si Matti napaka-pretentious pero puro kopya ang alam. Walang originality. Di ko malimutan yong sabi niya lalangoy yong bida sa ilalim ng tubig at gusto raw niya parang monstrous beast siya paglusong niya sa tubig. Sumigaw siya ng ACTION . . . tuwang-tuwa siya dahil na-achieve yong gusto niya. Pagtingin namin sa monitor para lang may butiking tumawid sa imburnal pero panay ang palatak niya na ang galing daw ng pagkaka-direk niya.

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