Richard Gutierrez says actions scenes in ‘The Iron Heart’ at par with international standards
As Apollo Adelantar, a guy who’s out to revenge his father’s death in “The Iron Heart,” Richard Gutierrez goes through a slew of action scenes, and thanks to his introduction to martial arts when he was a kid, the process helped him tide over rigorous fight scenes.
“I’ve been doing martial arts since bata pa ako . Since six or seven ay nagsimula na akong mag-martials arts. Isa ‘yun sa constant sa buhay ko na hindi nawawala, like iyon ang consistent training ko. Talagang may passion ako about martial arts. Masaya ako na naipapakita ko iyon dito sa “The Iron Heart,” he said during our recent set visit in the series’ location in Cebu.
(“I’ve been doing martial arts since I was a kid. Since six or seven I have already been doing martials arts. It is one of the constants in my life that is not missing, like that is my consistent training. I really have a passion for martial arts. I am happy that I am able to show it in “The Iron Heart.”)
Action scenes, Gutierrez observed, has reached the level of international standard.
“At this point kasi ay napapanood na natin ‘yung mga international TV, international movies so kahit paano ay gusto nating i-elevate ang action scenes in the Philippines and try to make it as good or at par sa mga international action scenes kasi kaya naman natin. Kaya naman ng mga Pilipino na gumawa ng action series with the right people and the right team. And that’s what we’re trying to do here,” he said.
(“It is because at this point we are able to watch international TV, international movies, so somehow we want to elevate the action scenes in the Philippines and try to make them as good or at par with the international action scenes, because we can. We as Filipinos can make action series with the right people and the right team.)
For Gutierrez, the most important thing to observe while doing action scenes is “safety.”
“Bruises, normal ‘yan sa akin. Mga gasgas, sugat, normal lang sa amin. But thankfully wala pa kaming injuries. We don’t have major accidents. Siyempre, inuuna naming ang safety pa rin. Ako, alam ko kung ano ang safe, kung ano ang hindi. Kagaya ng team ko, pinag-uusapan namin kung ano ang stunt, but of course, safety is the highest priority,” he explained.
(Bruises are normal to me. Scratches, wounds are normal to us. But thankfully we’ve got no injuries. We don’t have major accidents. Of course, we prioritize safety. As for me, I know what’s safe and what’s not. Like in my team, we talk about the kind of stunt, but of course, safety is the highest priority.)
The action scenes in “The Iron Heart” are directed by Lester Pimentel Ong and the dramatic parts by Richard Ibasco Arellano. “The Iron Heart” airs 8:45 p.m. on A2Z, Kapamilya Channel, TV5, Kapamilya Online Live on Facebook and YouTube, Jeepney TV and TFC IPTV. /ra
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