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Coco Martin finally realizes his dream to become a director.

The ABS-CBN actor tries his skill behind the camera in Ang Panday, which is one of the eight movies in the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival.

In an interview with select entertainment editors and reporters, Coco admitted that it has been his dream to direct a movie since he was an indie actor.

He first discussed this with indie film director and mentor Brillante Mendoza.

Coco recalled, “Noong bago pa ako, sabi ko, ‘Direk, kakapalan ko na ang mukha ko, gusto kong magdirek.’ [Sabi niya], ‘Dati ko pa naman sinasabi sa ‘yo kaya mo ‘yan.’

Aside from Brillante, Coco also sought advice from other directors regarding the technicalities of the job. The Kapamilya actor then applied these to his first directorial project.

“Kumuha ako ng mga maraming taong magga-guide sa akin.

“Hindi ko naman pwedeng sabihing, kaya ko ‘yan, alam ko na ‘yan. Kailangan ko ng makakatulong.

“Ayun, nung lumabas o natapos naman yung pelikula, sobrang happy naman ako kasi lahat ng nasa isip ko nangyari,” said Coco.

How does he feel when people call him Direk Coco?

The actor laughed and said, “Nakakahiya po, pero paninindigan.”

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