PLAYBOY: Thank you for taking the time to sit with us! So what are you doing here today?
GARCIA: We’re taping Lalola. I’m hiring a detective to find out if my grandson, Lalo is still alive, because he was involved in a plane crash. We started this morning at 7, I’m sure this will go into the wee hours of the morning.
PLAYBOY: How is it that people half your age are thinking of throwing in the towel, but here you are, doing a regular TV series?
GARCIA: Well, to me, movie making, or television soaps are just a job. Anything that comes along, whether in front or behind the camera, it’s just a job.
PLAYBOY: How would you describe your work ethic?
GARCIA: I’m very disciplined, I come to the set early, earlier than the scheduled time. People who are late don’t bother me, it’s the producer’s headache, not mine.
PLAYBOY: What inspires you as a person?
GARCIA: Simple things. Friends, my work. I’m easy!
PLAYBOY: Speaking of friends, what was it like working with FPJ?
GARCIA: Well, it’s always a pleasure to work with FPJ, he was always cool on the set. No pressure. (Off the set) we’d have a few beers and shoot the bull.
PLAYBOY: FPJ was known for playing hero roles. Why are you always the bad guy?
GARCIA: Somebody has to play it, and playing the bad guy roles is sometimes the most challenging. (Inspiration comes) first of all, from the script, then you just base it from there. But I’ve played a lot of good guys, like true to life characters in films I did. In this soap (Lalola), I’m playing a villain. It’s more fun!
PLAYBOY: Did it take much convincing to play yet another villain?
GARCIA: It didn’t take much time, I told you, it’s a job! (laughs)
PLAYBOY: Be that as it may, are there any roles you’d turn down?
GARCIA: Oh yeah, if you cast me as a teenager, I’d turn it down! Haha!
PLAYBOY: What would you do if you actually had minions to command?
GARCIA: What would I do? I’d probably have a whip to keep them in line! (laughs)
PLAYBOY: These days, metrosexualism is in. Where have all the men gone?
GARCIA: There are still several who are real men. Well, maraming pagbabago. Probably the new generation’s coming in! (laughs)
PLAYBOY: How do you deal with women hitting on you?
GARCIA: With a grain of salt. Ika nga, kanya kanyang trip yan!
PLAYBOY: What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done to get a girl’s attention? Wjhat’s the secret to wooing a woman?
GARCIA: I was never wild, really. (laughs to self) Well, first of all, sincerity. And persistence counts. Just do your bit and show sincerity.
PLAYBOY: What’s funny about being an octogenarian?
GARCIA: I’ve never thought of it, because sooner or later, you’ll get there. You pick up bits of wisdom here and there and you add it to your library. Pick up the bad ones, and discard the bad ones.
PLAYBOY: With all the tabloids around, how in the world have you managed to avoid rumor and scandal so well? Aren’t there any juicy rumors?
GARCIA: Nothing that I can think of! When you have nothing to hide, and they have nothing to publish, you won’t get there (in the tabloids)
PLAYBOY: We’ve heard you enjoy going to the shooting range to do target shooting. Are you a good shot?
GARCIA: Well, I can hit a barn door!
PLAYBOY: How did you come to be interested in target shooting?
GARCIA: Oh, from way back. I was in the military before, the Philippine scouts. I enlisted. It was an adventure, it was fun, especially when we went overseas. I was stationed in Okinawa for 27 months. It teaches you discipline how to survive. I think they should bring it (ROTC) back. I think every red-blooded Filipino should undergo this training, so in the future, in case there’s an invasion, they can take up arms and defend the country. Just like Israel, where even the women have to train.
PLAYBOY: What kind of fan mail do you get?
GARCIA: Now it’s very limited. It isn’t like before when fans would write a lot. Usually these days they just approach you for autographs..they could approach me in the middle of a meal, and ask for a photo, and I pose with them, it doesn’t bother me. I just stop eating and join them (for the picture). It’s part of the job, you have to maintain a good relationship with the fans.
PLAYBOY: What’s next for Eddie Garcia?
GARCIA: I finished one, Fuschia, probably to be shown in January. It’s an independent film…An independent film is just like working with a major company, just on a smaller scale. (It’s not my first) I’ve done some digital films before, and it’s less commercial, because these young directors, they want to be different. They’re not rom the mainstream who think of the box office. These guys are thinking more of awards. Of course, when I was doing lead roles in action movies, I wanted them to do well so the producers would make more!
PLAYBOY: Why did you never get into a love team with Gloria Romero?
GARCIA: The one I finished is actually with Gloria and Robert Arevalo. Before, I was doing villain roles, and she would be the leading lady. I’ve done a lot of leading roles with Gloria and Luis and the late Rafe? Rodrigo, but as a villain, not a love team. I never had a love team. I had partners in crime, haha!
PLAYBOY: Did you ever envy the guys playing the heroes who got the girls?
GARCIA: No, like I said, somebody has to play something, and me, playing villains, well, somebody has to play it.