“I think my job as a new actor is not to be picky with my roles.”
After getting favorable reviews in the movie ML, his first Cinemalaya entry, Kapamilya hunk actor Tony Labrusca is back in Double Twisting, Double Back, another independent movie that tackles the controversial theme of sexual addiction. As a new actor who wants to make his mark in show business, he said that he has an endless appetite for new challenges.
“I think everybody in showbiz has a path. They always say in showbiz, you should not be complacent with one success. After Pinoy Boyband, sabi nila, kailangan mo ng malaking follow up and after noon, kailangan mo pa ng mas malaking follow up, pag steady ka na. I had so much impression that I had to do well. I cannot let the network find the reason not to get me anymore. I just want to say that when they think of Tony Labrusca, it is not really because I’m good but really I have potentials,” he said.
“At this point of my career, I think I could not afford to be picky. I think if I really care about my craft, I’ll just choose the scripts that would be appropriate for me, or the scripts that I would be passionate about, but it’s good also to stay open to the scripts that you are offered to. I think right now, I need to humble myself and just continue learning. I don’t think it’s not about wanting to be in a mainstream or wanting to be in indie. It’s wanting to excel in your craft,” he said. “I really try not to complain about the roles I am getting. I just didn’t want to regret anything. I just wanna do my best.”
He also felt challenged by the complexity of his role in Double Twisting, Double Back as a young gymnast who struggles to cope with the rigors of the sport and at the same time battles with his personal demons.
Describing his character, Tony said, “He is an endearing and quite relatable character who wants the best for himself and for his loved ones. Just like Badger, we just want a piece of victory and that part of Badger, I can totally relate to but, you know, something in him puts him down. He made me very aware of the troubles that I have. I feel really bad for him.”
Tony also claimed that doing the role of Badger is both physically and emotionally exhausting. “Giving life to him poses so many challenges, both on the physical and emotional level. I am giving my best as I want to give a good account of myself kahit na baguhan ako. I know this is a big break for me and ayoko naman itong masayang for coming up with a lackluster acting,” he declared.
He also said that his interest in gymnastics helped him prepare for his role. “Ever since noong bata pa ako, gusto ko talaga mag-aral tumambling. Noong 15 years old ako, nandito kami sa Pilipinas, home-schooled ako. Ginawa ko siyang part ng extra-curricular activities ko kasi wala namang akong ginagawa araw-araw. So, nagamit ko siya. I did gymnastic routines. It’s difficult but I don’t mind doing it for the movie,” he shared.
He said that he’s also amazed with his co-star Joem Bascon who plays his two-faced best friend in the film. Just like his character he said, he has also experienced being betrayed by people who he initially thought as real friends.
“That’s right, people lie and cheat with each other all the time. I don’t think that’s new these days. I related to my character by his pure heart. Everyone sins, but it’s precious when there are those who have kept some of their innocence,” he concluded.
Directed by Joseph Abello, Double Twisting Double Back is the first Pinoy film in history to feature the world of male gymnastics and is part of the 2018 Cinema One Originals Film Festival which will run from October 12 to 21 in select cinemas. Aside from Joem Bascon, the film also stars Elora Espano, Mon Confiado, Acey Aguilar and a lot more.