AND ACTION! In a revealing interview and photo shoot, action junkie Dimas Argoebie talks about the challenges he faced in making a romantic flick and how he fought his way through
Outfit by Dior Homme
Dimas Argoebie is a man of action. Case in point: although these days the soccer fan usually watches matches on TV, cheering for his favorite player Cesc Fabregas or his beloved club Real Madrid (most soccer devotees will see the irony in this), Dimas has experienced something that most men can only dream of, as he had already had a taste of the real action. While he was living in the Netherlands, Dimas used to play in one of the country’s third division teams. Another example: many people probably recognize his face from an action-packed commercial for a popular powdered energy drink he did when he was starting out as a model, and ad in which he plays what seems to be a very intense soccer game inside an undersized cage.
And there’s more. Dimas has also starred in his first movie, Killers, which is set to be released in the near future. Directed by the dynamic filmmaking duo of Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel, more famously known as the Mo Brothers, Killers has already garnered international buzz thanks to the movie’s multicultural cast and crew. It stars Dimas’ fellow Indonesian actor, Oka Antara (The Dancer) as Bayu, a man based in Jakarta, who finds himself entranced and compelled to reenact murders committed by Nomura (played by Kazuki Kitamura of the Kill Bill saga), a Japanese serial killer who uploads videos of his victims to the Internet. The movie is co-produced by Guerilla Merah Films and Merantau Films from Indonesia, as well as Nikkatsu Corporation from Japan. If the gruesome, Internet famous movie poster is any indication, the film promises to match, or even exceed, the brutality of Mo Brothers’ previous effort, Rumah Dara (Macabre).
“At that time, I had just returned home from [finishing college in] Malaysia,” he says about his involvement in Killers. “I have this friend from the gym, and he was a part of the Mo Brothers’ team. He told me the Mo Brothers were making a movie and asked me if I was interested. So I thought I should just try and go to the casting call. Thankfully, they gave me the part.”
Although his first venture into movies was driven by a nothing-to-lose approach, Dimas says that his curiosity is what fuels him now. “I find myself wanting to learn more [about acting],” he says. “In that first movie, I was only a supporting actor. So I really want to know what it’s like to play the lead.” When William Chandra, the assistant director of Killers, asked Dimas to star in his directorial debut, he thought he had to give it a shot. The action short movie is one-third of anthology film 3Sum and is called “Impromptu.” Dimas, together with actress Hannah Al Rashid, play the nameless main characters, a couple of antiheroes who hunt and execute criminals in a dystopian city.
And Dimas is on a roll. While filming “Impromptu,” he got an offer to star in a drama called “Gadis Indigo” (Indigo Girl), which will be released as a part of another anthology movie that is coming out in April. The short movie tells the story of Maya (played by actress Revalina S. Temat), a girl with a sixth sense. Dimas will be playing a character named Ganda, the boy who falls in love with her. Being directed by award-winning actor Reza Rahadian and co-starring with Revalina, Dimas says he couldn’t help beating himself up. “I felt awkward,” he says. “Reza is this big actor and I just couldn’t seem to act around him. I mean, ‘Impromptu’ and Killers are action films, and I like action, so I felt more relaxed filming them. Besides, the two movies had the same crew, so I was already familiar with them. While doing Indigo, I had to adapt myself to a whole new and more experienced crew. I felt a bit down, honestly. It was too much pressure.” But Dimas fought his way through all the drama. “Fortunately, I’m a very easy-going person. Every scolding, I would just take it in stride,” he says. “I feel like I had a responsibility because I already committed myself to the job, so I had to do the best I could.”
Even if that means playing a character who is the complete opposite of his usual self. “I’m so nonchalant, while Ganda is very attentive,” he says. “I’m still new to [acting], so [playing someone who is so different] was difficult for me. If I were already better at this, it would have been easier for me to instantly turn myself into Ganda. But I needed a lot to process.” Still, Dimas says, “But at least I got some great experience out of it.” And he won’t need to worry about having too much of drama in his life, especially since he has ASTA to focus on. Short for “Association of Sports and Training Arts,” ASTA is a gym that’s owned by Dimas and three of his lifelong friends. The first Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing and martial arts center in the town of Bogor, ASTA is where all the actions happen.
In addition, Dimas is already making some very early preparations for a feature length version of “Impromptu.” He says, “It’s great to see people react positively to ‘Impromptu.’ At one of the movie screenings, a critic—I can’t remember his name but he’s known for being so hard to please—approached us and said, ‘I’ll be waiting for the full-length version!’” He pauses, smiling proudly. “I don’t know when we’ll start shooting yet, but hopefully, it will happen.”
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