Mario Maurer

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Mario Maurer

Mario Maurer (มาริโอ้ เมาเร่อ)
Born Mario Maurer
4 December 1988 (age 23)
Thailand
Other names Nuttavut Maurer
Occupation Actormodelsinger
Years active 2004–present
Website
http://www.ohohmario.com/

Mario Maurer (Thai: มาริโอ้ เมาเร่อ, born December 4, 1988 in Thailand) is a [[Thai people|Thai] model and actor. He is best known for his lead roles in the 2007 film, The Love of Siam and the 2010 sleeper hit, First Love (A Little Thing Called Love).

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[edit]Biography

Mario Maurer was born in Bangkok, Thailand. He is of Thai-Chinese and German descent[1] He attended school at St. Dominic School in Bangkok and now is studying in Ramkhamhaeng University, majoring in Communication Arts. Mario Maurer is a Roman Catholic.[citation needed] At the age of 16, Maurer became a model doing photo shoots, commercials and music videos. In 2007, he made his feature film debut in a leading role in The Love of Siam, written and directed by Chukiat Sakweerakul.[2] The role “Tong” brought him many accolades and instant fame far beyond Thailand’s borders. Commenting on his new-found fame, “I didn’t want to do it, Acting wasn’t on my list to do.” He decided to do the movie because he trusted the director “Chukiat” and the movie would give him many opportunities. He’d be making money to help his family. He became famous in this film because of his gay role.[3]

His other work as a model.

The film’s promotion did not play up its homosexual romance. Nonetheless, most critics have given extremely positive reviews.[4] When asked about his kissing scenes with Witwisit Hirunwongkul in The Love of Siam, Maurer said, “I was nervous. I’ve never kissed a man and kissing is not something you do every day.”[5] Maurer has been nominated for an Asian Film Awards in the category of Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Love of Siam, but lost to Sun Hong-Lei for Mongol.[6] He won the Best Actor award in Southeast Asian film category at the 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival. His performance was described as “Mature acting choices within a wide range of situations. Beneath a calm and placid external demeanor his performance he displayed a rich inner struggle dealing with emotional burdens, with family, friends, his social circle and his romantic and sexual awakening.”[7]

He won the Best Actor award in Starpics Thai Films Awards and also nominated in Bangkok Critics Assembly and Star Entertainment Awards.[8]

Director Bhandit Rittakol had approached Maurer for Boonchu 9, but he was tied up with other projects.[9] He has been cast in the 2008 film by Chatchai NaksuriyaFriendship. The film is set around 1983. Maurer starring opposite Apinya Sakuljaroensuk,[10] as 12th grade student. That same year he appeared in a segment of the four-story anthology 4 Romance (segment “Joob” or Kiss) directed by Rashane Limtrakul[11] Maurer’s projects after 2008 include a comedy-horror film written and directed by Yuthlert SippapakRahtree Reborn, scheduled for release in April 2009, in which he starred oppositeChermarn Boonyasak.[12]

Maurer gained popularity after he starred in the 2010 film First Love (A Little Thing Called Love).

[edit]Other work

Maurer (right) with his brother and his mother

His brother Marco, teamed up in a hip-hop duo “PsyCho & Lil’Mario” with Mario. They have released their debutPsyCho & Lil’Mario: Dem Crazy Boyz on October 31, 2007.[13] He worked as a hypeman in this album. But Maurer later described “It was just for fun. I know myself – I’m not a singer. That’s not my dream.”[3]

Maurer participated in endorsements for the first time for Exit Rollon and other popular brands such as The Pizza CompanySugus, Foremost and now he acted as the presenter for Honda Jazz,[14] PepsiDutchmill and Sony Ericsson. In July 2011, he was signed to become an endorser for the Philippine clothing brand, Penshoppe [15] He also signed a one movie picture contract with Star Cinema, a Philippine film production company. He will be paired with Erich Gonzales in the film that is due to release in 2012.[16][16] On October 28, 2011, Maurer had a Press and Fan Conference in Philippine International Convention Center with thousands of fans in attendance, as a part of his official launch as a Penshoppe endorser.[17] On October 29, he hit the runway at the Philippine Fashion Week held at SMX Convention Center.[18][19]

[edit]Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Love of Siam Tong  
2008 Friendship Singha  
4 Romance Beaver Segment “Joob” or Kiss
Saranair Siblor Ekap สาระแนสิบล้อ
2009 Rahtree Reborn Rang  
2009 Rahtree Revenge Rang  
2010 Autumn Destiny Kim Min Ho  
2010 First Love (A Little Thing Called Love) Shone  
2010 Saranae Hen Pee Do  
2011 Bangkok Kung Fu Naa
2011 Bangkok Ghost Story Rang
2012 Suddenly It’s Magic TBA Philippine film production under Star Cinema with Erich Gonzales

[edit]Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Result Film
2008 Asian Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated[6] The Love of Siam
Starpics Thai Films Awards Best actor Won[20]
Bangkok Critics Assembly Best actor Nominated[21]
Star Entertainment Awards Best actor Nominated[22]
Cinemanila International Film Festival Best actor Won[23]
2009 Top Awards 2008 Film Rising Star Won[24] Friendship

[edit]References

  1. ^ Biography Mario Maurer (Thai)
  2. ^ Love of Siam, Movieseer.com; retrieved 2007-12-29
  3. a b Francois Oosthuizen, “2Profile_MARIO”. 2 Magazine. September 2008. p.67-81
  4. ^ Queer cinema shines at Thai Film Awards. Asiaarts.ucla.edu. Retrieved on 2012-01-13.
  5. ^ Saeng-Aroon, Vitaya. December 6, 2007. Love in a hot climateThe Nation (Thailand); retrieved 2007-12-13
  6. a b Nominations & winners asianfilmawards.org
  7. ^ 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival[dead link]
  8. ^ 2007 Thai film awards summary, Thaicinema.org. Retrieved on 17 February 2008 .
  9. ^ All in the family dailyxpress.net
  10. ^ Mario and Saiparn in Friendship sanook.com (Thai)
  11. ^ “ปรัชญา” เชื่อมั่น รักต่างมุมมอง “ฝัน-หวาน-อาย-จูบ” โดนแน่ dailynews.co.th (Thai)
  12. ^ Buppha Reborn .thaicinema.org
  13. ^ “Mario Maurer”. Hamburger Magazine. November 2007.
  14. ^ Honda Jazz positioningmag.com
  15. ^ Thai heartthrob Mario Maurer set to visit Manila for a local endorsement. Mario is expected to be in Philippines on October to have his photoshoot for Penshoppe.
  16. a b Mario Maurer meets with Star Cinema executives for a possible movie | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz. PEP.ph (2011-08-08). Retrieved on 2012-01-13.
  17. ^ Mario Maurer Fan Conference (FanCon) in Manila Announced. October 13, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2011
  18. ^ ABS-CBN News. September 28, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2011
  19. ^ Mario Maurer to headline Philippine Fashion Week this October. PEP.ph. October 16, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2011
  20. ^ STARPICS THAI FILMS AWARDS # 5 (๒๕๕๐) thaicinema.org (Thai)
  21. ^ ผลรางวัลชมรมวิจารณ์บันเทิง ครั้งที่ 16 ประจำปี 2550 popcornmag.com (Thai)
  22. ^ Result of Star Entertainment Awards manager.co.th (Thai)
  23. ^ 2008 DEKADA CINEMANILA AWARDEES Dekada Cinemanila
  24. ^ รายงานผลรางวัล TOP AWARDS 2008[dead link]