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Richard Gutierrez is back ready to draw first blood. Any takers?

Every actor has a dream role and for Richard Gutierrez it is as vampire.

“Kasi I think vampires have these extensive personality na kumbaga madami kang pwedeng i-explore sa kanya,” he said in a recent interview.


Blame that on Hollywood.

Vampires were once seen merely as something the hero need to vanquish; now, they are heroes themselves. Just take a look at Robert Pattinson’s Edward Cullen or Wesley Snipe’s Blade.

Asked for his favorite film vampires, Richard mentioned Peter Cossey, Tom Cruise, Christopher Lee, and Brad Pitt, noting how each was able to bring something new in their portrayal of the icon.

This is what Richard wants to accomplish too, having been tapped to play one in ABS-CBN’s upcoming horror-action fantasy drama series “La Luna Sangre,” the sequel to  2010’s “Imortal.”

As Sandrino, Richard will be some sort of crazed vampire king hellbent on spreading terror.

“The most exciting part for me,” said Richard, “is being able to add a bit of lightness to a character often depicted in a very dark way.”

“La Luna Sangre” is top-billed by popular love team partners Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. Is he in any way bothered that he will be playing support in his comeback effort, we asked Richard who, it should be noted, have been inactive for some time after opting not to renew his contract with another network.

“I don’t really look at it that way,” he said. ““It’s really a good role for me and I’m working together with a great team, that’s what matter most. Ano pa ang hihingin ko ‘di ba?”

He added, “Nagdaanan din ako diyan. Nu’ng panahon, I have people supporting my path din so I think, this is the time to give back and do the same, support other people.”

This early, some are hailing Richard the hottest vampire to hit the small screen, based simply on the show teaser uploaded on social media.

The actor simply laughed at the allusion, maintaining he is doing his utmost to keep fit to serve the role better.

“Ako naman I do not really monitor my weight pero nagwowork-out ako,” he shared. “Nagba-boxing din ako, basketball and at the same time clean eating talaga.”

“I’m aware din sa physical requirements ng paggawa ng action series, so I’m really preparing myself sa demands nu’n. I’m strengthening my lower back dahil kailangan namin mag-harness eh,” Richard added.

On signing up with ABS-CBN, he said, “Very thankful ako sa mga bosses (ABS-CBN Network) for the trust na binigay nila sa akin at siyempre du’n sa mainit na pagtanggap (ng mga tao) sa akin bilang Kapamilya.”

The 33-year-old actor believes everything is God’s will.

“Nu’ng time na I chose to rest, there are times na I can’t really help but to think if this is really the path for me and that maybe I could do something else with my life,” he narrated. “But God has plans, this offer has landed on my lap and I would only be be stupid to refuse.”

Richard is out to prove he deserves the opportunity.

“I know myself better now. I think everything fell in its place perfectly. This is a blessing,” he maintained.

Aside from “La Luna Sangre,” Richard is also set to do a film with Angelica Panganiban and Angel Locsin titled “Wife, Husband, Wife.”

He expressed excitement to work with Angel anew.

“Finally, magkakasama na naman kami. Ang sarap sa feeling nu’n kasi sabay kami ng nag-start ng career eh,” he shared. “I feel like I’m starting (my career) again and it’s a nice that way and I’m super grateful for that.” (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)

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