The Kid, uninterrupted
By Bayani San Diego Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:23:00 01/29/2008
Being the recipient of two Lifetime Achievement honors in 2007 (from the Famas and the Film Academy of the Philippines), Celso thought it was also apropos to pick up a long-shelved project: His biography, “Celso Kid of the Philippine Movies” by independent filmmaker Ron Bryant.
“Ron was my student in the Celso Ad. Castillo Filmmaking Institute in 1999,” he says. Celso played the role of Epy Quizon’s paralytic father in Ron’s award-winning Cinemalaya film, “Rotonda,” in 2006.
“He’s a very professional actor,” Ron says of his mentor. “He never meddled in my directing and remained focus on his acting.”
Ron, however, points out that the Celso book project has evolved into a “documentary.”
“The scope is too wide, especially in the context of 1970s Filipino cinema,” Ron explains. He hails Celso as a true vanguard of “the indie spirit.” “He made inventive films on a shoestring budget.”
Coming full circle, Celso is now tinkering with digital technology, with two indie movies in the works—“Sanib 2” and “OFW.”
The technology is new, but trust Celso to rely on the same “improvisational” tricks with his actors.
“OFW” actor Coco Martin says he finds The Kid’s method exciting. “On the set, we keep improving the dialogue. It’s a different experience. Direk Celso is so cool!”
Proof that Direk Celso is hip and happening still can very well rest in the fact that his old films are continuously being remade on both the big and small screens.
After “Pedro Penduko,” his “Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara” and “Maligno” have been turned into teleseryes by ABS-CBN 2.
His “Pinakamagandang Hayop” has also been snapped up by GMA 7.
If you ask him, reviving his old movies is the ultimate tribute. As bonus, his 1984 film “Snake Sisters” has been picked up by British firm Mondo Macabro for DVD distribution abroad.