After “Citizen Jake,” Atom Araullo confessed in a recent interview that he might be open to taking more acting opportunities despite facing challenges while making the film. He added that acting is not his priority because his focus is on making documentaries, but he said he won’t decline a project offer outright. He said:
“Kung tatanungin niyo ako nung 2016 kung gagawa ako ng pelikula, sasabihin ko hindi. Pero andito na ako ngayon so depende rin talaga kung ano yung dumating.”
Meanwhile, given that he is a respected broadcaster, he admitted to worrying about being misunderstood by the viewers as journalism and acting “aren’t necessarily connected.” He shared:
“I’ve heard it asked many times before even from my friends, ‘Why did I do this?’ Some people really don’t understand but I tend to weigh things very carefully and it still feels like I made the right decision in engaging in this project.”
Atom said that he still has to improve his acting. He added that he did some acting when he was in grade school and high school, but that was a very long time ago.
“To be thrust into cinema with such great talent and being expected to carry the film in a capacity of a lead actor, that’s a heavy burden and the greatest fear I suppose is failing obviously, not being able to deliver as an actor. But more than that it’s also apprehension.”
Nonetheless, working with the veteran director Mike de Leon was indeed an honor for Atom. Mike is the creator of the brilliant classics “Kisapmata,” “Batch 81,” and “Kakabakaba,” to which Atom claimed he grew up with. He shared:
“Alam ko na maraming aktor at nagtratrabaho sa pelikula ang gusto siyang makatrabaho. Kaya parang I feel very lucky being almost an outsider to begin in this position.”
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