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Commanding presence: Playing a man in uniform is nothing new for Indonesian actor Ario Bayu. In his last two Indonesian films, he played a police and a soldier.
The actor, who is featured in the HBO movie Serangoon Road, finds it difficult to speak with a Malaysian accent.
CHALLENGING stunts and action scenes are a breeze for rising Indonesian star Ario Bayu but speaking with a Malaysian accent proved to be the toughest hurdle the actor as he found out while acting in HBO Asia’s Serangoon Road.
The striking Indonesian actor and model, who plays Inspector Amran in the series, laughed and said that it was difficult to keep the Malaysian accent on set as there were so many other actors with different accents involved in the production.
“I did not have much time to study the accent and it can get quite confusing especially when you are in the heart of a scene.
“Lucky for me, the focus is not so much on the accuracy of the accent but how the scene is carried out. In the end, the message is conveyed clearly to our English speaking viewers,” Ario said to reportes at Infinite Studios in Batam, Indonesia where some scenes from Serangoon Road were shot.
Ario, who is no stranger to playing a man in uniform, said that the experience was undeniably different from his recent roles in Java Heat (an Indonesian action film where he played a police detective) and Dead Mine (an Indonesian horror film where he portrayed the leader of a group of soldiers).
“Sometimes, I just stop and say, wow! I’m actually here,” he said adding that it was thrilling for him to be able to rub shoulders with world-renowned actors such Don Hany and Joan Chen.
“It is an incredible experience working with such talented actors and I have gained so much from this experience,” he said.
As for his role as Inspector Amran, Ario said that it was a complex performance as his character is the first Malay inspector to be hired by the government.
“I play this patriotic and passionate inspector who is a tough cookie and an anti-colonial person.
“Amran doesn’t trust foreigners and believes that Malaysia and Singapore should be led by locals but due to work he often crosses paths with Don Hany’s character Sam Callaghan and the two are forced to work together,” he said.
He added that push-pull dynamics between the two characters make an interesting watch.
>> The 10-episode Serangoon Road premieres on Sunday night at 9pm on HBO (Astro Ch 411 / HD Ch 421). Pick up a copy of Star2 on Sunday for our interview with Serangoon Road’s lead actress Joan Chen.
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