Xingu’s latest big adventure – “BBOY” --the movie
Fil-Am Xingu became more known in the Hollywood industry, and I must say, in the Fil-Am community, when he personally coached and trained Charlize Theron with Capoeira, the martial arts used in the movie “Aenflux.”

He was limping and wearing a cane when I saw him at last Saturday’s DVD Premiere of “Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman” held at the Star Eco Station in Culver City. I asked what happened. “I hurt my knee doing Capoeira. I actually tore my meniscus and I had to get it fix, otherwise it would have been a bigger problem. It will be better about in a month before I’m ready to do anything,” Xingu said.

But his chinky eyes lit up when he talked about his biggest project, the upcoming film which he wrote, created, and will produce. “I’m producing a film called “BBOY” (go to BBOY is an urban coming-of-age story. It’s about a guy named Sean who gets in with the wrong crowd and ends up doing the wrong things and he gets out of it and at the same time falling in love and understanding about himself better. We’re planning on filming it next year and will be out in two years. It’s in pre-production phase and I’m talking to some companies for distribution right now. We already got the lead star, Lee Thompson Young (Friday Night Lights, Akeelah and the Bee) but we we’re actually still looking for other actors for the rest of the supporting cast. And we will need a lot of Fil-Am actors. Paul Stewart is our music supervisor (he’s done 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers).

“Capoeira is an afro-Brazilian type of martial arts where techniques are hidden in a dance. In the movie, it’s going to be displayed as well. It’s very flashy but effective as well. Hollywood seems to like it because f the movements and the way it flows from one thing to another and the fact that they’re doing combination of acrobatics mix with attack.”

How did you get involved with Capoeira? I asked, “I got involved with Kung Fu when I was younger but I couldn’t stay still. My brother found another school and I fell in love with it, so I turned into Capoeira. Ever since then, I kept on doing it,” he said.

I asked him his actual ethnic background (because some people think he’s Samoan or Hawaiian). “I was born in South San Francisco from both Filipino parents. I lived in northern California up until I was 18 and I moved out here to L.A. My mother is still in Santa Clara. My father recently passed away (he left when I was younger) and I didn’t grew up with him. I do have an older brother and a younger sister. I’ve been to the Philippines when I was younger but my girlfriend (she’s a Filipina) will be going to the Philippines this winter.”

And how was working with Charlize Theron in the movie Aenflux? “Working with Charlize was awesome. She’s a great person! She actually taught me about the business by watching her and when she goes through in a day and how hard she works. It gave me the inspiration on taking things through my own hands and to try to create something, creating more opportunities to more Filipino-Americans and Filipinos around the world in terms of media. She said, “It just takes one small thing to do to change a lot of people.”

Xingu is currently seen in the “Jack in the Box” commercial and will be seen in the new MyNetwork television (go to series “Fashion House” starring Bo Derek.
Neal Rodil, Jr. aka Xingu