- Albert Martinez said he had considered retiring due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- He said he feels that the showbiz industry won’t be able to recover since cinemas are closed and safety protocols are strict
- His upcoming movie, “The Housemaid” made him think otherwise and he felt fortunate to still be offered a job amid the health crisis
Albert Martinez admitted that he has considered retiring from showbiz due to the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic.
The seasoned actor said the thought of bidding goodbye to acting has crossed his mind after the many changes in safety protocols brought about by the ongoing health crisis. Albert, who is set to appear in his upcoming movie, “The Housemaid,” a Filipino adaptation of an iconic South Korean film, said he was uncertain if the showbiz industry can still recover.
Albert even consulted his manager, Shirley Kuan about his apprehensions. He said, “It took me to a point wherein I was telling my manager na baka it’s time for me to retire, kasi parang iba na ‘yung timpla nung industry and hindi ko makita yung how it will recover.”
He said it was the offer to do “The Housemaid” that made him change his mindset. From worrying, he became excited about acting again. He learned and understood the new protocols and felt fortunate to still be offered a job amid the pandemic.
“And then, here it comes, in-offer sa akin itong project na ito and siyempre na-shock ako, sabi ko paano gagawin yan? And then in-explain naman sa akin yung bagong protocol ngayon on how to do it with very strict guidance ng DOH and in the midst of kahirapang kumuha ng trabaho, ‘yung halos wala namang offer na kasing laki nitong project na ‘to, so I’m very excited,” Albert said.
Albert said he is thrilled about this movie since he has not made a film since early 2000s.