Victor Basa Plays A Priest In "San Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir"
In fact, Basa is even training with a language specialist to make sure his accent is correct. Since Spanish people may watch the film, the actor said he wants to give justice to speaking their language.
This is the second time Basa will be playing the role of a priest. The first time was when he was part of ABS-CBN's "May Bukas Pa." He played the role of a priest there for about one year and a half.
This time, Basa will be Padre Francisco Solano in "San Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir."
The role of a priest is something close to his heart, and something that is close to his real character. For one thing, Basa is God-fearing and aims to be a devout Catholic.
The artists who are part of the biopic are all sacrificing something--Rocco Nacino, who will play Pedro Calungso, will stay off going sexy until the movie is not shown.
As for Basa, he is currently playing the role a gay guy in GMA-7's "My Husband's Lover." Wouldn't that be a conflict to his next role as a priest? Basa said the viewers would be the one to differentiate his roles.
He added he is working hard to show how different the two characters--the priest in Pedro Calungsod and David in "My Husband's Lover"--are. He stressed that he is very dedicated to his role, and he doesn't want viewers to get confused with these characters.
Basa said there is no issue with doing a gay role in a television show. "But, of course, nasa responsibility ko rin iyon na i-deliver ko in a different way."
Asked if there are instructions for him to leave "My Husband's Lover" for the role in the biopic, Basa said there is no such request from the producers just yet. Also, he said they should have known the kinds of characters their artists are currently playing.
Besides, "My Husband's Lover" will end before "San Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir" is shown this December. The teleserye is said to be ending in October this year.
Meanwhile, Keempee de Leon (Zandro) and Rodjun Cruz (Martin) will also join the cast of "My Husband's Lover." Basa said it's a good thing the audience will be able to see other kinds of gays.
He doesn't mind that other characters are entering the teleserye, which has been much talked about by the viewers. He trusts the writer, Suzette Doctolero, Basa said. Adding characters is also a good way of showing the different needs of these people, the actor stressed.
Being part of "My Husband's Lover" is risky, Basa said. Some actors already turned down the roles taken by Dennis Trillo, Tom Rodriguez and Basa himself.
"Then sabi ko, it’s risky, yet if you want to achieve more, you have to risk a little bit. And I liked it, kasi it’s something new, something na hindi pa nakikita."
The success of the teleserye was really unexpected, the actor maintained. He is thankful the viewers liked the plot of the show, and as part of it, he is also in awe of how the series turned out to be.