ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera says acting on BuyBust ten times harder than competing
Santino Honasan on Oct 15, 2018 03:53 PM
"Having to shoot a movie with Director Erik was way harder. It was way way way harder."
Brandon "The Truth" Vera is the ONE Heavyweight World Champion for a reason.
The 41-year old Fil-American is a life-long mixed martial artist, and a very good one at that.
Unbeaten on the ONE Championship stage, has been able to dispatch all three of his opponents with relative ease in under just one round.
Recently however, the champion admits facing a challenge that was ten times tougher than competing inside a mixed martial arts cage.
Vera recently got his big silver screen break as part of the widely-successful Erik Matti action movie BuyBust, starring alongside Anne Curtis and Victor Neri.
This was Vera's first foray into the acting world, and he says that it is way more challenging than competing in mixed martial arts.
"Having to shoot a movie with Director Erik was way harder. It was way way way harder," Vera said without hesitation, "I would say maybe ten times harder?"
The reason being, Vera continues, is that inside the cage, all he has to worry about is himself and his opponent.
In front of the camera on the set of a movie however, the dynamic changes.
"The only reason why is because I have to worry about everything else except me. You know? Like I have to worry about everything else, except me, except for certain points in time. The rest of the time I’m worried about everyone else," he added.
Much like working on a team, sharing a scene with fellow actors entails working together, something that Vera doesn't have to worry about inside the mixed martial arts cage.
"In martial arts, in this event, I’m just worried about me and the person standing across from me in the ring.”
Once his professional mixed martial arts career is over, Vera admits that he’s looking to be more active in movies as well.
“It was amazing, definitely something I look forward to doing after I’m finished with my competition side of martial arts, I absolutely loved it,” Vera said of his BuyBust experience.
For now however, it’s back to competition for the reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion, as he hopes to be able to defend his title in the upcoming ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS on 23 November at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.
Brandon Vera may be a budding action star in the future, but for sure he’s a mixed martial arts star now, and in the cage is where he is at his best.