Friday 5: Coco Martin’s trademark action styles in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano

The rapid punches and badass shooting skills; insane, death-defying stunts matched by the exotic beauty of Philippine destinations as backdrop – Coco Martin proved by mounting FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano for seven years that he’s in a league of his own when it comes to action.

Here's the one and only Primetime King and his trademark action styles. 

Coco made sure to keep his commanding angst in his arsenal. We know he means business when his default ‘gigil’ face comes out. In the first scene in this Friday 5 video, his beloved character Cardo Dalisay carried that angst alongside firearm weapons to punish a group of thieves back in his hometown in Botolan. Guns on both hands, arms outstretched, he shot the enemies as he makes a pricking turn. Before leaving the room, he made his final shot with his back turned on the target. 

His fighting ability is never just weapon-based as he can topple enemies down with bare hands. In a scene with a group of syndicate members, while chasing the drug mule Marta (Angelica Panganiban), he finished the goons with only his power punches, then, showcased his trademark insane leaping powers. 

He thinks as fast as he runs amid danger. It even gets better when such chase scenes flaunt the cinematic appeal of Manila streets, reminiscent of classic films by the legendary King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe, Jr., the original ‘Probinsyano.’ In the third scene in this feature, Cardo outsmarted the enemies by hanging on top of a delivery truck. 

As both the main actor and director, Coco concocted deliciously satisfying stunts using random objects around him – proof of his brilliance and spontaneity. One of the show’s most creative fight scenes features Coco, with new-gen “Darna” Jane De Leon as Capt. LiaMante, facing a group of armed men at a banana plantation. He swerved bullets while swinging from the vines – pure action delivered with stunning choreography. 

Another perfect example of Coco blending visuals and action is when he pulled out a bolo knife, standing like the valiant hero that he is while waves crash behind him. He leaped toward the enemies and killed them with his weapon, engrossing viewers with his acrobatic moves. 

Unlike other action scenes that rely on the powers of digital technology, Coco’s dangerous action stunts are done by himself. 

It has been an epic seven-year run for FPJ’s AngProbinsyano, thanks to Coco’s talent. For the last time, in the beloved serye’s finale episode, he’s surely gifting us with more savage action. 

So, don’t miss the final episode of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano – “Ang Pambansang Pagtatapos” –tonight, at 8 PM, on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z.