IN AGREE­ING TO POR­TRAY A

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“WHAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW IS THE AU­DAC­ITY TO CRE­ATE SOME­THING NEW AND DIF­FER­ENT” – VINO G. BAS­TIAN

char­ac­ter cre­ated by his own fa­ther, Vino G. Bas­tian ad­mits the pres­sure was on when mak­ing the movie Wiro Sableng: Pen­dekar Ka­pak Maut 212. Bas­tian Tito had cre­ated the In­done­sian su­per­hero in the 90s.

“It was quite per­sonal for me,” says Vino, aged 36. “I would be ly­ing if I said there was no pres­sure. But I wanted to chal­lenge my­self as an ac­tor. When I started work on the movie, I sep­a­rated Vino the ac­tor from Vino the son of Bas­tian Tito - so that I could fo­cus on por­tray­ing Wiro in my own way.

“Of course, we wanted to be as faith­ful as pos­si­ble to the book, but ev­ery ac­tor has its own flair when por­tray­ing a role. The pres­sure was there, but I didn’t think about it that much. I re­ally just en­joyed ev­ery part of the process, from dis­cus­sions about the char­ac­ter to my Pen­cak Silat train­ing.”

The movie, which came out in the mid­dle of 2018, is di­rected by Angga Dwimas Sa­songko and stars A-list ac­tors like Mar­sha Ti­mothy (Vino’s wife), Luk­man Sardi, Happy Salma and She­rina. When first ap­proached by the di­rec­tor, Vino was hes­i­tant to play the char­ac­ter. But af­ter read­ing the script, he agreed to do it.

“Af­ter see­ing how much work the team had put into this movie, from the re­search to the prepa­ra­tion, I thought to my­self: ‘How come these peo­ple who are not re­lated to Bas­tian Tito put so much of their hearts into this project and I, his own son, am do­ing noth­ing! This is my chance to give some­thing back to my fa­ther, to pre­serve his cre­ation.’ That’s the main rea­son why I wanted to take this role.”

Build­ing on the movie’s suc­cess at the box of­fice, Vino plans to do more with the char­ac­ter. “We want to ex­pand Wiro Sableng’s uni­verse,” he says. “The movie is the first stage. It’s an in­tro­duc­tion to the char­ac­ter and the whole uni­verse. There’s go­ing to be more of it, and maybe Wiro is go­ing to be­come even cra­zier! There are plans to cre­ate a game around Wiro. So all this is not go­ing to stop with the movie.”

What has been the most chal­leng­ing char­ac­ter Vino has played so far? “I think ev­ery char­ac­ter has its own chal­lenge,” he replies. “For this one, I had to do mar­tial arts train­ing as part of the prepa­ra­tion. Yayan (Ruhiyan) taught me the fight­ing chore­og­ra­phy. I also learned the ba­sics of Pen­cak Silat.

“In another film, I played a drug ad­dict, I did quite a lot of re­search for it be­cause I wanted to por­tray the char­ac­ter as ac­cu­rately as pos­si­ble. Like how’s their ev­ery­day life, what do they eat, how do they sit, how do they stand? It’s es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult to play a char­ac­ter who is known by a lot of peo­ple. Af­ter all, it’s not just about hav­ing a sim­i­lar phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance, but also about the por­trayal of the soul of the char­ac­ter.”

Be­ing an ac­tor is not all about win­ning awards and recog­ni­tion. “For me, see­ing peo­ple’s pos­i­tive re­ac­tions af­ter watch­ing my movies is very re­ward­ing,” says Vino. “Whether they’re cry­ing or laugh­ing, just see­ing their hon­est re­ac­tions and see­ing them emo­tion­ally in­vest so much in the movie - that’s very sat­is­fy­ing for me. It’s a sign that I’ve done a good job. Win­ning awards and the crit­ics’ ac­knowl­edg­ment are bonuses for me. When peo­ple gen­uinely en­joy my movies, that’s it for me. I’m al­ready happy.”

Cur­rently pre­par­ing for another biopic role in 2019, Vino says the In­done­sian movie in­dus­try has changed since he started out in 2004. “It def­i­nitely keeps get­ting bet­ter, whether it’s the dis­tri­bu­tion, the mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tion, the tech­nol­ogy or the qual­ity of the scripts,” he says.

“But what we need right now is the au­dac­ity to cre­ate some­thing new and dif­fer­ent, and for In­done­sian cinema go­ers to have more faith in their own movie in­dus­try. They tend to gen­er­alise. When a bad movie comes out, they will think that the rest of the films aren’t any bet­ter. I say: ‘Go see it first be­fore you say any­thing bad about it.’

“We do have peo­ple who are very ded­i­cated to mak­ing good-qual­ity movies. I adore those in the busi­ness that aim to spread the word about the In­done­sian movie in­dus­try. I ad­mire those who are al­ways try­ing to be cre­ative, to make some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

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