Coco Martin on MMFF controversy, possible movie with Angel Locsin

MANILA, Philippines – As the controversy over the Metro Manila Film Festival continues, Beauty and the Bestie star Coco Martin said that he was saddened by the accusations thrown against the movie, following reports of ticket swapping in cinemas and arguments over which movie is really number one in the box office. 

In an interview with reporters at the thanksgiving party for the movie and his show Ang Probinsyano, Coco said he was aware of the news, especially the exchange of words between Ai-Ai delas Alas and Star Cinema staff. (READ:'Honor Thy Father' producers to MMFF committee: Tell the truth)

"Honestly, kami ni Ate Ai-Ai never po kami nagkawork or nagkasama. Nagkaroon lang po kami ng pagkakataon na may simbahan kami na inaatendan na pareho kami. Nakarating din po sa akin yung isyu na yun at sa akin naman, po definitely sasabihin ko na hindi yung totoo. At kung ano man yung sinasabi nilang ano man yang [ticket switching] huwag po kayo mag-alala kasi paiimbestigahan po natin iyan kay Cardo," he said referring to his character in Ang Probinsyano.

(Honestly, Ate Ai-Ai and I never worked together in a project. It so happens that we've both attended mass in the same church. I was informed of the issue and for me I can assure you that it's not true. And whatever issues they're referring to, don't worry as we will have Cardo investigate it.)

After the press conference, reporters asked Coco if he will continue to do films under the Metro Manila Film Festival despite the issues hounding it. 

"Nakakalungkot lang kasi sabi ko nga may mga bagay-bagay na hindi magagandang nangyayari pero sabi ko nga ayoko siya ilagay sa isip ko. Kasi gumagawa ako ng pelikula sa Film Fest dahil sa mga taong manunood at mapasaya sila at hindi para makipag-away or kung ano mga intriga," he said.

(I'm very sad about it and as I said, there are situations that are happening that should not be, but I said to myself, I don't want to think about it. I'm doing films for the Film Fest because of those people watching and to make them happy, and not to pick a fight or be involved in any intrigue.)

Movie with Angel Locsin and Ang Probinsyano

Meanwhile, it was announced that Coco's show Ang Probinsyano has been extended until July 2016. Coco said he hopes that everyone will continue to support the show. In a recent episode, Coco disguised himself as a woman named Paloma to chase the people who kidnapped Carmen, played by Bella Padilla.

Aside from Ang Probinsyano, Coc said he was hoping that a movie with Angel Locisn will push through soon. The two appeared together in Maalaala Mo Kaya in a story honoring one of the 44 elite officers killed in the Mamasapano incident.

"Depende po iyan sa schedule ni Angel, at sana mag-meet po yung schedule namin kasi medyo mahaba pa yung Ang Probinsyano. And then sana after ko matapos ang soap opera ko po, sana magawa po namin ni Angel, dahil pangarap ko talaga makatrabaho si Angel," he said.

(That would depend on Angel's schedule and I hope our schedules will meet, because Ang Probinsyano will still be on air for a while. And then after the soap opera, I'm hoping Angel and I can do the movie, because I really want to work with her.)

Coco is also not closing his doors to the possibility of a sequel to Beauty and The Bestie with Vice Ganda in the near future and a possibility of directing a film soon, which he has been wanting to do.

"Oo naman. Sana sana. Napakalaki ng potential niya (Beauty and the Bestie). Marami pa kaming pwedeng ikuwento at saka maganda yung pelikula – so sana," he said.

(Yes of course. I hope so. There's great potential in the movie [Beauty and the Bestie]. We have so many stories to share and the film is nice – so I hope so.) – Rappler.com