Meet the next big thing in entertainment industry, Yoshi Sudarso. Being an Indonesian-born yet raised in the US, Yoshi is known for his role in Power Rangers back in the States. Yet, he came back to Indonesia and had his first major project in the country: Buffalo Boys. When we had an encounter with him last year, he only talked a little bit about it. Now that the movie is going to be released on July 19th, Letter F is so ready to have more talk about it and about Yoshi’s whereabouts.
What makes you busy these days?
“These past months, I only focus to my upcoming movie, Buffalo Boys. So, yeah, you can say it that it has been Buffalo Boys all day long.”
Tell us more about it then.
“So it’s a story about sons of Sultan, Jamar – who is portrayed by Ario Bayu, and me as Suwo, who exiled to America after their father died. After years in America, two of them become cowboys and finally come back home to get a revenge. It’s like journey for finishing their mission in Indonesia.”
Then who is Suwo and what’s the interesting part about him?
“Suwo, as Jamar’s little brother, is a mischievous guy and he’ fun and a little bit artistic – he loves drawing. Like other younger brother, he still didn’t know what he wanted in life, so he just came along with his brother and uncle. Then when he came back to Indonesia, he just wanted to have fun instead of focusing on his revenge mission. When he met Kiyona – Pevita’s character, he found it contagious, her strong will. He grew mature during the mission. And I think Suwo is very similar for me, in a sense of our life. I mean, I was born here but grew up in America and came back here for a mission. Even the language barrier (laugh). Also, there was funny moment of Suwo while he messed up with the culture. The thing is when I read the script, I felt a sudden connection with Suwo, so I took the opportunity.
After years into acting, what is the art of screen acting according to you?
“Acting is being alive in the moment. I mean when you embody your lines, scripts and character, the others come easy. When the camera rolls, you just live in the moment as the character. I think that’s the best way to do it. So you’re not lying to yourself nor the audience, and you’re being truthful to who you are and the audience can see how truthful you can be as well.”
What’s your career mean to you?
“It means everything to me, it’s my life. Everything that I do is for my career. It’s something that I kinda learn as a part of me. I can’t separate myself from it. A mentor once told me, if you can see yourself doing anything other than acting, go do that because your heart’s not full be here (in acting). But this career path? I’m all for it.”
What do you gain from being in the industry?
“Everyone has a different journey in entertainment industry. As for me, I didn’t realize that I’d do this because my original plan was a Math teacher (laugh). That was why I went to school for before I fell into entertainment industry. But I learned a lot, in a sense of nothing should be taken for granted. And no matter where you are in life, don’t change. Life can bring us up high or deep down, so just do it truthfully so you don’t have to lie to people about who you are.”
Back to Buffalo Boys again, what is toughest preparation for the movie?
“As I was a last addition to the cast, I only had a month to prepare. I needed to prepare a lot, such as action class, gun rolling, horse riding, and the hardest one was learning Bahasa Indonesia. And it wasn’t modern language, but a more formal way as the background was in 1800s. Yet it was interesting to learn. Ario Bayu helped me a lot in this. We practiced dialogue like 12 hours per day and it made the conversation more familiar to me. As for action, I’m already used to it and luckily I learned about gun rolling in my previous job back in the States.”
Next project after Buffalo Boys?
“Well, we have a little bit of talks here and there, but we’ll see. Hopefully it’s in Indonesia so I can stay here a little bit longer. I’m really loving the culture. I’m now having a stronger connection with Indonesia. I just love being here, but not loving the heat (laugh).”
Writer: Adhinda Latifa
Editor: Olivia Elena
Makeup Artist: Nadia Renata
Digital Imaging: Dela Naufalia
Photographer: Ganang Arfiardi
Videographer: Iqbal Syafei