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Boyet shuns politics, plans to direct again

Christopher De Leon

Actor Christopher de Leon has said that he will rest from politics for now as he plans to go back to directing this year.

“Hindi na muna siguro,” said De Leon, when asked if he would go back to politics again in the near future, during an interview on “Tonight With Boy Abunda” on ABS-CBN.

De Leon, 59, also known as Boyet to his peers, said that he plans to direct again very soon.

“I am planning to direct, hopefully end of this year. The last shoot I made was for ‘Maala-Ala Mo Kaya’ in 2012,” the award-winning actor said.

In 2007, Boyet ran as vice governor of Batangas but lost.

Three years later, he ran for Board Member for the Second District of Batangas and won.

In 2013, Boyet ran for the Second Congressional District of Batangas but lost.

Asked why he entered politics, Boyet said: “Interesado ako sa legislative process. Gusto ko mapag-aralan paano mag preside ng meeting, how to come up with laws, ordinances, resolutions.”

Boyet debuted as an actor in the Lino Brocka masterpiece “Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang” in 1974.

He said one of the important lessons he learned from Brocka was discipline.

“Lino taught me that the greatest form of art is discipline. Mahirap. That’s why you have to study or memorize your line one day before you shoot the scene,” said Boyet, who won his first Best Actor trophy for the said film.

Boyet has already received 28 major awards since he started as an actor and had appeared in more than 120 films.

For him, the greatest actor he ever met was the late Jay Ilagan “That’s the reason why nagging barkada ko sya. He’s very good in ‘Brutal,’ ‘Ikaw ay Akin,’ ‘Kakabakaba ka ba?’ ”

When asked about the best leading lady he ever had, Boyet mentioned Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos and his wife Sandy Andolong.

The actor was previously married to Aunor from 1975 to 1980. When they separated, Boyet married Andolong in 1981.

Boyet also appears in the new movie “Dukot” in which he plays an antagonist known as Johnny. It stars Enrique Gil and Ricky Davao.