JERALD Napoles gets to play the most challenging role in his career as Carlo, a surfer who takes care of his grandma who has Alzheimer’s disease in the movie, “Mina Anud”. His only dream is to win as the number one surfer but he always ends up only as first runner up in the surfing contests he joins, then his life makes a complete turn around when he gets into drug trafficking.
The movie starts with him being apprehended by cops inside a fast food joint. He runs to the rest room and tries to flush down the drugs in his possession into the toilet bowl, but the police overpower him and thrusts his face into the dirty waters of the toilet bowl itself. The waters of the toilet bowl then turn into huge waves in the ocean where we see surfers riding the waves. We are then taken via flashbacks to show us what really happened in the story and how Jerald and his friend Dennis Trillo’s journey as drug pushers started several months ago.
How did he bag the role? “I auditioned for it. The story is based on true events at marami akong kasabay na nag-audition, puro mas pogi at mas kilala sa’kin. Nagulat nga ako when Director Kerwin Go informed me na ako ang napili nila. Siguro dahil magkasimpogi kami ni Dennis Trillo,” he laughs.
His character does so many crazy and funny things in the movie. He even makes love with a transgender. It seems natural for him to make people laugh.
“E, doon na ako nalinya, sa pagpapatawa. Maski on the stage in ‘Rak of Aegis’ or sa TV in ‘Sunday Pinasaya’ and ‘Love You Two’, puro comedy ang ginagawa ko. But actually, it’s more difficult to make the audience than laugh. You have to have an innate talent para magpatawa ng tao and it also requires training to perfect your comic timing.”
So how is it working with Dennis Trillo? “Most of our scenes, magkasama kami. He’s cool, very quiet lang, but very hardworking and takes acting very seriously. Mahusay siyang makisama and he’s a generous co-actor as he will never make you feel na he’s a bigger star than you. His goal is mapaganda nyo together ang mga eksena nyong magkasama kayo. Pareho kaming nahirapan dito, not sa acting, but sa surfing scenes. We trained together at ilang beses din kaming bumagsak sa tubig.”
Since “Mina Anud” deals with drug trafficking, does he really think it’s a big problem for our country? “Oh yes I grew up in Tondo and even as a child, nakikita ko 'yung drugs noon sa aming lugar. As our movie’s ending shows, there are people in authority who take advantage of their position to use drugs they confiscate for their own profit, making it flourish as an industry. “Mina Anud’ shows corruption not only among ordinary people who are given the chance to get rich quick but also among law enforcers who have their own selfish motives.”