by the Sylvester Stallone-Sharon Stone movie The Specialist, the movie
is, thanks to Ara, the sexiest Monsour del Rosario movie yet.
"When I read the script,"
the actor relates, "nagustuhan ko siya, although mayroon ngang mga bed
scenes and all. I asked my manager (Dondon Monteverde) about it and
he explained it all to me casually. Wala naman daw masama kung susubukan
ko. Tutal, I've done romantic scenes before with Alma Concepcion
in Haragan and with Aya Medel in Padre Kalibre.
|This is something
different daw, so I gave it a try. Nag-enjoy naman ako!"
Monsour was overwhelmed and
amused by Ara's daring.
"lbang klase si Ara," he
says. "I mean, she doesn't have any qualms about the scenes she's
doing. She's very professional and she still knows her limitations."
In Codename:Bomba, Monsour
and Ara portray special agents who are bomb detonation experts. Monsour
has retired from the job but is sucked back in when he is caught between
two battling crime syndicates.
|"It has big blastings,
terrific gunfights and a lot of jumping and kickboxing. The moviegoers
should not miss the stunt we did sa La Mesa Dam.
Grabe 'yung scene because
me and Ara are running on the water and we slip together. Okey lang,
pero naawa ako kay Ara because she got bruises and scratches all over her
body but still she went on with the shoot. As if hindi siya nasaktan
o hindi siya nagalusan.
nga ako sa kanya dahil nakikipagsabayan sa akin. Naaalala ko tuloy
'yung movie namin ni Anjanette Abayari. AJ was doing the stunts with
me and since then I never saw anyone else do it like that except for Ara.
She's very professional!"
Monsour says Codename:Bomba
ranks among his best films.
"I've done so many good action
movies before and I can really be proud of this. Magagaling pa 'yung
mga kontrabida tulad nina Bernard Bonnin, Ruel Vernal and Chuck Perez.
|I mean, you get
inspired from these people who works as hard as you do.
"I guess Codename:Bomba is
one of the my most dangerous movies to date, in the league of Haragan,
and a few others. Marami rin akong na-experience na pain in shooting
this movie but it was all worth it. I want to give the people a good
movie and I don't want to fake anything. What they see in my stunts
are real at ako talaga 'yon."
For quite awhile, it's been
all work and no play for this action hero.
|He has been unattached
for the past year and three months, and he's not keen on embarking on a
"It's kinda sad but you get
the used to it," he smiles. "I've been busy with so many projects
I don't even have time to go out on dates and meet somebody. Right
now, I'm taking it slow with my personal life, mas gusto kong gumanda ang
career ko ngayong taon." Which is the reason he is only amused by Ara's
declarations of admiration for him.
very flattered," says the actor, who is in his early thirties. "For
a young girl her to get attracted to a much older man like me is something.
But I treat Ara as my little sister or barkada lang siya. She deserves
to be in the care of a guy her age. And besides, talent din siya ng manager
ko kaya hindi puwedeng ma attract ako sa kanya. At saka, kilala ko
kung;sino ang nanliligaw sa kanya kaya hindi puwede!"
For his part, he admits he
is seeing somebody special these days. "Everybody naman has his or
her own inspiration.
|This girl I'm
dating is somebody you'd call special. She's okay with me and I'm okay
with her. We get along fine but if you ask me if she's my girlfiiend,
well she's not. I'm not even courting her." Mon says that before
he reaally courts a woman, he wants to be sure of the girl's feelings towards
"Mahirap na kasi, di ba?"
he says. "I mean, you devote all your time and effort for somebody
pero ang ending wala naman pala.
|I want to be
sure this time and if things work out fine for both of us, well, baka this
Christmas ay may special someone na ako. I'm keeping my fingers crossed."
At present, he is keeping
her identity in secret. "I can't tell anybody who she is or, where
she's from. Maybe when things are okay and sure, that's the time
I'll be able to say if she's from the business or out of showbiz. But for
now, let me enjoy this private moment with her."
Feb 17, 1998