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An intense Joseph Marco scene in ‘Triptiko’ was just one take

Joseph talks about the creepy and weird yet uber-cool “pigsa” scene in “Triptiko”

Rowena Joy Sanchez
Rowena Joy Sanchez

8/14/2017 in News
An intense Joseph Marco scene in ‘Triptiko’ was just one take

Watch out for a weirder but cooler and more intense Joseph Marco in “Triptiko.”


Much was required of him in the film, particularly in his story “Hinog,” in which he portrays a model who mysteriously develops boils. It comes to a point when it prevents him from getting awesome “rakets,” a terrible no-no since he’s been in-demand in his field. And so Jason, his character, has to decide whether to depend on science to solve his dilemma or to desperately seek “underground” means to get – or should we say, look – better again.


Surely all of us who got to see the film during its special screening last week were on the edge of our seats or screaming, or both especially when it came to this intense “pigsa” scene he had with Art Acuna (won’t go into details, you must check it out for yourself!). And what do we know, they shot it in just one take!


“Third to the last taping day namin ‘yun. Nakatulong ‘yon kasi ever since nung first shooting day namin, nakikita ko na ‘yung mga pigsa sa katawan ko so inisip ko what if nangyari talaga sa’kin ‘yon. Weeks pa lang, may karga na ‘ko, na I feel terrible, mabubuhay pa ba ‘ko, ano nang mangyayari sa’kin, papangit na ba ‘ko, pa’no ‘ko kikita [ng pera]?


“Nung tinake namin ‘yon, at sa tulong ni Tito Art Acuña, grabe, nag-work. It was just one take. The whole thing. Grabe sobrang intense. I felt so drained after nung scene. But sobrang worth it,” the “Wildflower” actor told us after the screening.


It seems that Joseph agrees that his character “deserves” it, because, “may pagka-douche eh, kupal siya eh. Wala siyang paki, mayabang siya.”


Having said that, Joseph nonetheless also has some key takeaways from his story in “Triptiko,” and that’s to not take anything for granted.


“Dapat ma-appreciate mo kung anong meron ka. Even the skin. For example, we take for granted our skin, parang hindi natin naa-appreciate na wala tayong disease, or wala tayong sickness,” he said.


The #MedyoWeird film also features two more stories: That of a young man (Albie Casino) who thinks he just got "lucky" but suddenly experiences one unfortunate circumstance after another; and a love-struck folk singer (Kean Cipriano) discovers that the object of his affection (Kylie Padilla) is not who he thinks she is.


Written and directed by Miguel Franco Michelena in his full-feature debut, “Triptiko” screens nationwide from August 16 to 22 as an entry to this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.