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Coco Martin did not set a budget in producing ‘Ang Panday’

Coco Martin (MNS photo

MANILA, Dec 18 (Mabuhay) —  Coco Martin revealed he did not set a budget when he produced the movie “Ang Panday,” which is an entry to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.

Martin said he wanted his directorial debut to be all-out so that moviegoers will feel that the film is worth their money.

“Sabi ko nga, magpapaka-businessman ba ako? Kasi kapag nagpaka-businessman ako, as a producer, titipirin ko ang production para malaki ang kita ko. Sabi ko ngayon sa sarili ko, first movie ko ito so ang gusto ko, ibubuhos ko lahat dahil gusto ko sulit ang tao kapag nanood sila,” he said.

Martin is the lead actor, director, and producer of “Ang Panday.”

“Wala naman kasi akong [sinet] na budget. Hindi ako nagsabi na hanggang dito lang ako. Kaya noong nag-uumpisa, sabi ko ako muna lahat. Ako gumawa ng konsepto, ako naglabas ng pera para walang sisihan sa huli,” he said.

It helped him, however, that some of his friends who were part of the movie waived their talent fee.

“Marami like si Jaclyn Jose, Lito Lapid, Mark Lapid, Ejay Falcon, at Jhong Hilario. Balikan lang naman [ng pagtutulungan]. Doon mo nararamdaman talaga iyong pamilya,” he said.

Now that the movie is about to be released, Martin admitted he is nervous as to how the people will see his film.

“Ninenerbyos ako kasi hindi ko alam, baka mamaya ako lang ang may gusto. Pero noong ginagawa ko siya, ang iniisip ko iyong viewers ko more than sa sarili ko. Kasi kung sarili ko ang iintindihin ko, baka mamaya iba ang gusto ng mga tao. Sa haba na rin ng panahon from indie, to TV and a mainstream movie, medyo alam ko na ang hinahanap ng tao. Kaya pinagsama-sama ko dito,” he said.

Does he feel the pressure for “Ang Panday” to do well in the box office?

“Hindi ko na [iniisip]. Kasi kapag doon ako nag-deal or iyon ang inisip ko, mape-pressure ako. Ang mindset ko lang, gusto ko kung ano ang napapanood ng mga tao sa ‘Probinsyano,’ gusto ko masulit nila iyon kapag napanood nila ang pelikula,” he said.

“Ang Panday” will open in cinemas on December 25. (MNS)

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