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The seasoned actor hopes to land more offbeat roles following the success of ‘Ika–6 Na Utos’

Gabby Concepcion is enjoying the ride being part of GMA’s hit afternoon teleserye “Ika-6 Na Utos.”

Gabby Concepcion

The show is about married couple Rome and Emma, played by Gabby and Sunshine Dizon, respectively, and Rome’s lover Georgia, played by Ryza Cenon.

Gabby likes it that he gets to play a two-timing husband.

“Nanggaling ako sa mga goody-goody roles eh, so when it was offered to me, I thought, ‘Ito ang gusto ko, malayo sa usual.’ Pwede ko kasing laruin ang role, pwedeng ganito, pwedeng ganoon. Hindi ka dumidikit sa iisang characterization lang,” he said in an interview during the Kadayawan Festival in Davao City.

Surprisingly, the seasoned actor thinks his role on “Ika-6 Na Utos” is more challenging than on “Because Of You” which won him awards.

“Sa ‘Because Of You,’ hindi ako masyado nag-effort, parang natural lang, para ka lang nagwa-wine, you feel good. Dito, iba, nag-effort ako talaga, lahat ng ayaw ko maramdaman, niramdam ko, ginawa ko.”

Lights, camera, action!

Gabby is happy that the show is a hit with people talking about its seemingly campy fight scenes.

“Wala naman talaga sa original na plano ang ganoon. Pero noong nagkaroon ng mga away, which is normal sa mga ganyang sitwasyon, parang pumipitik ang rating so, tinuloy na,” he said.

The confrontations between Emma and Georgia in particular have become popular online.

Trying to make sense of it, Gabby said, “Kasi siguro ’yung mga tao sabik sa ganoon, wala na kasing action movies eh, madalang na. So, siguro naghahanap lang ng aksyon ang mga tao.”

Doing it right

He admitted he is as surprised as most people with the popularity being enjoyed by the show, which has since been extended by the powers that be.

“Minsan hindi mo alam kung ano ’yung hinahanap ng tao eh. Minsan hindi ’yung karanasan mo or emotion mo ang nakaka-attract sa kanila. Basta ako, whatever it is, I’m happy that the show is doing good,” he said.

Gabby revealed the lead actors have been given leeway in terms of delivering their dialogue. He likes it so, relating that it adds color to the proceedings.

“Gumaganda kasi, parang part ng magic na nangyayari kapag nagshu-shoot. Minsan nga mas colorful pa ’yung lumalabas. Malalaman mo naman na maganda ’yung banat mo kasi maririnig mo na lang ’yung director, ’yung crew na tumatawa so, effective,” he shared.

Asked how he wants “Ika-6 Na Utos” to end, Gabby said, “Ako siyempre gusto ko dapat may redeeming value. Nag-umpisa sa mali so, dapat sa ending iko-correct ’yung mga mistakes.”

Something different

Gabby has done a variety of roles. At this point in his career, he wants to try something new, like, an advice show on radio.

“’Yung iba diyan magtatanong, ‘Bakit si Gabby?’ Eh kasi marami na din akong pinagdaanan, marami akong karanasan. Iba ’yung hugot ng merong karanasan. ’Yung mga kasagutan sa tanong may laman,” he explained.

Is he thinking of becoming the next Joe D’ Mango or Papa Jack, we asked.

“Hindi. Ang gusto ko ’yung tipong Eddie Ilarde. Iyon ’yung mga gusto kong gawin. Mas malawak eh, hindi lang tungkol sa love. Like, I want to deal with overseas foreign workers. May mga magagandang istorya ang mga ’yan and I could relate because I was one. Nagtrabaho din ako sa ibang bansa, lumayo sa motherland to seek greener pastures.”

Gabby also mentioned his experience being estranged from her daughters.

“Like si KC, matagal kaming naghiwalay. Noong nagkahiwalay kami, siguro mga 10 years old siya, naglalaro kami madalas ganu’n, tapos biglang naputol ’yun. So, ’yung longing andoon. 20 years old na siya noong nagkita ulit kami. So, it’s another thing na pwede makita ng mga tao na, ‘Ah merong pinanggalingan ito,’” he said.

Aside from the possibilty of working on radio, Gabby also wants to tackle anti-hero roles.

“Like isang politician who rose to success then suffered a downfall, ’yun ang mga interesting sa akin ngayon,” he said. “Or like that of a jeepney driver who became somebody or isang nanalo sa lotto but would ultimately lose his winnings, mga ganoong tipo.” (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)

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