How Martin Escudero landed the role of Remington in Zombadings
"Awaaaard!" Watch the actor’s never-before-seen audition for the year’s most celebrated gay film.
Watch Martin Escudero’s Remington audition for Zombadings
Zombadings director Raymond Lee calls Martin Escudero "a revelation" in this never-before-seen clip showing the actor's try-out to play the part of Remington. The hit movie's lead role-a homophobic youngster faced with a curse that turns him into a short-shorts-wearing, tiny-tee-sporting bakla-was admittedly hard to cast, Lee said. It was a comedic role after all, one that needed to be played by someone "who's very good at physical comedy but hindi OA," and Escudero's "brooding" roles in the past almost immediately disqualified him from being cast in the film.
Then, the audition happened. The 19-year-old actor surprised Lee and Zombadings writer-director Jade Castro with his then undiscovered knack for physical comedy and timing, prompting them to wonder why the actor hasn't done more funny roles before. "We rediscovered him," Lee said. For Escudero, it was just a matter of determination. "Na-inlove ako sa script eh, nagustuhan ko yung pelikula.." Escudero said. "Sabi ko gagawan ko ng paraan para ako yung makuha."
For more about him, read "On the Spot: Martin Escudero."