Ali Khat­ibi re­sists temp­ta­tions

Tempo - - Entertainment - By ROBERT R. REQUINTINA

MIXED mar­tial arts fighter Ali Khat­ibi has said that he be­comes more of a man when­ever he avoids temp­ta­tions.

“It’s true sin­abi ko ‘yun na you be­come more of a man if you could re­sist and say no to temp­ta­tions. ‘Yun kasi ‘yung mga mahi­hi­rap gawin in life to say no, you know what I mean,” said Khat­ibi, dur­ing an in­ter­view on “Tonight With Boy Abunda” on ABS CBN.

Khat­ibi, hus­band of ac­tress Cris­tine Reyes, told the late-night pro­gram how he re­sists temp­ta­tions.

“Pag may temp­ta­tion, tu­ma­likod ka and walk away as soon as you feel it. Just go the other way,” the Filipino-Ira­nian ath­lete said.

Khat­ibi also said that he is faith­ful to his wife. “Yes, very much.”

He also de­scribes his fam­ily as “a pot of gold.”

“I see my fam­ily na sila po ‘yung trea­sure ko ta­laga. Sila ‘yung wealth ko, sila ‘yung im­por­tante sa akin,” Khat­ibi said.

Khat­ibi ap­peared on the show to pro­mote his first movie “Dou­ble Bar­rel.” He said: “It’s my first movie. It’s un­der Viva. It’s di­rected by

Toto Na­tivi­dad. Kasama ko po dito si Phoebe Walker, AJ Muh­lach and Jeric Raval.” It will be shown on Aug. 2.

Asked how he pre­pared for the movie, Khat­ibi said: “The phys­i­cal stuff, I think I was ready for that kasi I did my own stunts, nag-mo-mo­tor ako, shoot­ing. Pero mas pinaghan­daan ko po ‘yung char­ac­ter.”

Khat­ibi said that his wife helped him pre­pare for his screen de­but.

“She told me da­pat ta­laga pag-ar­alan mo ang char­ac­ter mo. Do the re­search. I’m a po­lice of­fi­cer here. Na­gre­search po ta­laga ako how the po­lice would in­ter­act with peo­ple and paano nila di­nadala ang sar­ili nila,” he said.

Khat­ibi also said that he loves to work with his wife in fu­ture projects.

“I’d love to work with my wife kasi ob­vi­ously I’ve learned from her. An­dun ‘yung com­fort­a­bil­ity.”

Khat­ibi and Reyes got mar­ried on Jan­uary 27, 2016. They have a daugh­ter named Amarah.

(In­sta­gram)

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