Robin Padilla joins Jasmine Curtis-Smith in TV5 miniseries

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Monday, June 30, 2014

AFTER doing situation comedy (sitcom) last year, action star Robin Padilla returns to action/suspense as he joins young actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith in her self-titled miniseries on TV5.

Padilla on Saturday confirmed that he will be part of the remaining five episodes of "Jasmine," a joint project by the Kapatid Network, advertising giant Ace Saatchi & Saatchi, and Unitel Entertainment.

Robin Padilla
Robin Padilla

Padilla will play a drunkard former police officer who will help resolve and identify the lead character's stalker.


"Sabi ko, 'bigyan ninyo ako ng character na hindi ko matatanggihan. E, maganda 'yung dumating na script. Tapos kaibigan ko pa silang lahat, si Ma'am Wilma (Galvante), andito din," he said.

Padilla added the last time he did a similar role was when he top billed Viva Films' "Bad Boy" in 1990, and its sequel in 1992.

"Gusto ko kasi hindi ko pa talaga ito nagawa. Lalo na yung ganitong first time sa Pilipinas na may ganitong konsepto, na pinaghalo ang reality and fiction," he said.

The actor clarified he is still a contract star of television network ABS-CBN. He said the station allowed him to do "Jasmine" but he still has a long-standing contract with them.

When asked about the possibility of him moving to TV5, he replied, "Marami namang inoffer ang ABS-CBN, hindi naman sila nagkulang sa totoo lang. Hindi talaga yan bumibitiw. Lagi talaga yang may offer. Lahat naman kaibigan ko din doon at naiintindihan din nila ako. (Pero kung may posibilidad?) Malaking posibilidad."

Meanwhile, Padilla said that he will not accept any other movie or television project this year as he is gearing up for the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) official entry "Bonifacio: Gusto Mo Ba Siya Makilala?"

Produced by Philippians Productions & Events Incorporated, the historic action drama tells the story of one of the country's heroes, Andres Bonifacio.

The actor said the movie is different from past Bonifacio projects as they work closely with the latter's family in recalling major milestones and events in the hero's life.

One of Bonifacio's great grandsons returned to the country from Europe just to help them with necessary research and materials for the movie.

"Yung Bonifacio na nagawa noon ay mga interpretasyon ng mga nakaawa ni Bonifacio. Yung mainitin ang ulo, aktibista. Ito, galing talaga sa pamilya ni Bonifacio. Partner namin sila sa pag-aaral, pagsasaliksik," he said.

He added that there is added pressure on him and the whole production crew as his entry last year, "10,000 Hours," bagged 14 trophies, including Best Actor, Best Picture, Best Director, Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence, and the coveted Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award.

He said they will try to deliver and even surpass the expectations of the audience.

"Nung binanggit yung Bonifacio sa MMFF, yun agad and sinabi ko sa direktor na malaki yung pressure nito kasi yung ’10.000 Hours,' humakot ng award, ito totoong nangyari ito. Ibibigay naman namin ang lahat," he said.

MMFF will kick-off on Christmas Day. (Sunnex)


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