What Elijah Canlas needed to ‘unlearn’ in ‘Batang Quiapo’


Elijah Canlas as Pablo Caballero in “FPJ’s Batang Quiapo” —ABS-CBN ENTERTAINMENT/ YOUTUBE

Elijah Canlas as Pablo Caballero in “FPJ’s Batang Quiapo” —ABS-CBN ENTERTAINMENT/ YOUTUBE

Actor Elijah Canlas, who performs the villainous character Pablo Caballero within the motion collection “FPJ’s Batang Quiapo,” stated he needed to “unlearn quite a lot of issues” when he began working for this system.

For one, Elijah was the kind of actor who relied on the script as a information to create his character. The present’s manufacturing staff, nevertheless, is thought for capturing and not using a detailed script available. “I used to be given parameters, just like the character archetype, however I needed to unlearn sure issues by way of dimensions, and on the subject of character making. Work on this present is basically completely different as a result of, no less than, when you have a script, you may create a personality that’s extra full and entire,” the actor instructed Inquirer Leisure.

“For the present, I used to be given sufficient time to course of, and so, by the point I stepped on the set, I used to be already ready to be Pablo. It’s true that you’ll solely get a replica of the script on the day itself, so it was necessary that I already know who Pablo is. Because it goes, we should always all the time count on adjustments—both some traces or scenes will likely be eliminated or some will likely be added,” he defined. “The method is refreshing as a result of I’m able to adapt to completely different environments and processes of filmmaking. I take into account it a once-in-a-lifetime expertise. I’m having fun with it to this point as a result of I’m given freedom by way of character constructing.”

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Menacing character

Elijah stated he additionally needed to “unlearn making ready an excessive amount of for a personality.” He defined: “As in, they had been telling that the present’s viewers is completely different. It’s a style that I’ve by no means performed, as effectively. That’s why I wanted to regulate even by way of delivering my traces. For instance, I’ve to be much more menacing, extra intimidating. If Pablo is indignant, I actually need to indicate the viewers that he’s indignant and never conceal the sensation after which merely reveal it later. Right here, I would like to indicate how my character feels on a regular basis. That’s new to me as a result of I normally counter-read my intentions, my aims. I’m having fun with the method as a result of I discover it difficult.”

Evaluating the present to “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” which was additionally produced and directed by Coco Martin, and lasted for seven years, the brand new program can be anticipated to air for a few years. Is Elijah ready to play Pablo for an extended time frame, even when it will imply not having the ability to settle for different initiatives?

Totally different position

“This was why it took me some time to say ‘sure’ to the present. I’ve different initiatives lined up for this yr. It’s really superb, as a result of I had simply completed doing the collection ‘Senior Excessive,’ and so, I assumed might give attention to doing films for the rest of the yr. However the very first supply I acquired for 2024 was ‘Batang Quiapo,’ with a distinct position initially. It was a sort of position that I’ve already performed earlier than, so I needed to say ‘no,’” Elijah started.

“However Direk Coco and the ‘Batang Quiapo’ staff had been persistent. They stated that they had a brand new character for me. Once they talked about it, I acquired excited and instantly stated, ‘Sport!’ By way of how lengthy it is going to take to play Pablo, in fact it’s an honor to be a part of the present. ‘Batang Quiapo’ has solely been airing for a yr, and but Tanggol (Coco’s character) has already develop into iconic,” Elijah stated.

“Truthfully, I hadn’t watched the present earlier than, however once I lastly grew to become a part of it, I attempted to observe as many episodes as I might. I spotted that it tackles quite a lot of socially related matters and, as an actor, that’s what I need to do. I’m identified to tackle initiatives which have an announcement or one thing that’s related to society and to its viewers, and ‘Batang Quiapo’ is simply that.” INQ

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