He’s got the “brusko” image to pull it off. I think he’s simply the best. I suppose the Spanish blood in him is a factor. Richard Gutierrez pales (literally as in really 'pale') and looks pussy-wuss by comparison.
Among the local actors, I was expecting Richard Gomez to fit the bill. Did GMA-7 perhaps think he’s too old for the role? Well, Banderas played the role well at his age. I’d rather have that than someone who looks like a pretty-boy “totoy” out of college. GMA-7 declares spending so much for this production especially for Gutierrez’s training in fencing and horseback-riding and so much more.
Well, Richard Gomez IS a fencer and a bemedalled one at that! The guy won gold in the 2003 Vietnam SEA games. He’s a Pinoy athlete in many events. As a multi-awarded actor, I certainly believe Gomez outshines Gutierrez. So why not him?
I think Richard Gutierrez should just stick to portraying “spoiled brat” roles in the movies.
p.s. Yeah, I know, this is a digression from my usual entries. But we all need a diversion sometimes, yes?