Yet, you can also him thespian, actor, artist, performer.
Therein lies the rub. How can Baron Geisler, one of the best actors yet most controversial personality of his generation, find the place he deserves in the industry?RELATED: Manager says Baron Geisler is depressed again
How can he put his past behind and move forward? How will he make the industry he both impressed and incensed take him seriously and become the respectable and talented artist people should recognize?
‘Acts of lasciviousness’ and ‘malicious mischief’
If only his “sins” aren’t too glaring.
Who could forget his run-ins with Cherry Pie Picache, Yasmien Kurdi (touched her behind), Yayo Aguila and Julia Clarete? And the charges of “unjust vexation” and “acts of lasciviousness” that kept him off the showbiz radar for a while?
And more recently, getting detained for “physical injuries,” “malicious mischief” and “child abuse” for beating up a neighbor in front of his wife and child?ALSO READ: Police slams Baron Geisler’s ‘initiation’ claim
Can we just put these incidents aside and just focus on his acting? That would be extremely difficult, especially in the local entertainment industry where a squeaky clean image matters.
Alcoholic and bipolar
But, despite his troubles, Baron is trying to redeem himself. The actor, who has already won three Best Actor awards, identifies and accepts his problems, which are tied to alcoholism and, of late, his admission that he is bipolar.
This is a good sign.
While there are setbacks to his rehabilitation, Baron is on the right path. His stream of projects in the independent film scene and his current engagement with a TV5 fantasy series “Kidlat” shows bright prospects.
On the side, he struggles with his demons and tries his best to triumph over them, one small step at a time.
Let the award-winning actor shine through
Amid all the trust he still enjoys, Baron’s future remains in his hands. And he needs all the help he can get.
With proper support and encouragement from caring family members and peers, which now include “Kidlat” lead Derek Ramsay, we may witness less and less of the troublemaker, and more and more of the award-winning actor.
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