Arvin Jimenez, more popularly known as “Tado” passed away on the morning of February 7, 2014 in a bus crash in Bontoc, Mountain Province. The first time I saw Tado was on Word of the Lourd’s satire “How to make an Indie”. I thought nothing of him other than found his performance funny.
But then last week, I finally got to watch Brillante Mendoza’s “Captive” and as I was watching the movie, I instantly recognized Tado with his long hair and thick black-rimmed over sized glasses playing one of the Abu Sayaf bandits. I said to myself, “Hey that’s the guy from ‘How to make an Indie’.” Knowing nothing about who was in the movie “Captive” other than it being a Brillante Mendoza film; I was surprised to see the movie full of who’s who of character actors from Philippine indie and mainstream cinema. Some where even very brief in and out cameos, that you would not notice them unless you are familiar with the actor.
But for me Tado stood out because of his appearance. He was the only bandit that looked like a hipster. I remembered 2 scenes in particular which Tado stood out. One was the scene set in the river during a break from walking and Tado got angry at Isabelle Huppert on how she was washing herself. So Tado gave his gun to Isabelle Huppert and he then took her malong to demonstrate how to properly wash herself without exposing any skin, all the time speaking in broken English.
The second scene was when the leader of the Abu Sayaf was assigning jobs to his men. He assigned Tado and another bandit to be the personal watcher of the 2 American captives. Tado was so excited to be assigned to watch the Americans that he blurted out off screen as he was heading to the American, “Heeey Joe…come heeere…”. The scene was a wide shot and Tado wasn’t the focus of the scene but I found his off the cuff line funny. I don’t know if that line was ad-libbed or scripted but it goes to show that in a movie that had over 2 dozen actors in a given scene, he was still able to stand out. So much so that he was among the Abu Sayaf bandits that you noticed when they got killed.
Rest In Peace Tado.
Part 1 of Word of the Lourd’s “How to make an Indie”
Tado: Nakakaingit ang mga bird. Nakakalipad sila, napupuntahan nila ang mga gusto nilang mapuntahan.
Part 2 of Word of the Lourd’s “How to make an Indie”
Lourd: Tandaan, sa indie cinema dapat may “gay element”
Jun: Okay, ito na ang pinakamalaking eksena.
(Jun pointing to Dragon)
Jun: Ikaw, hahalikan mo sya. SA LIPS.
(Jun points to Tado)
Tado: Sige payag ako.
Dragon: Eh wala naman yan sa usapan.
Jun: PAANO NAMAN TAYO MANALO NG CANNES NYAN! PUNYETA!