Mario Maurer

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Mario Maurer
Mario Maurer at MBK 31 May 08.jpg
Born Mario Maurer
(1988-12-04) 4 December 1988 (age 25)
Bangkok, Thailand
Other names Nuttavut Maurer, Oh (nickname)
Occupation Actor, model, singer
Years active 2004–present
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website
http://www.mariomaurer.com/

Mario Maurer (Thai: มาริโอ้ เมาเร่อ, Thai pronunciation: [maːríʔôː mawrɤ̂ː], German pronunciation: [ˈmaːʁio ˈmaʊ̯ʁɐ]; born December 4, 1988) is a Thai-Chinese-German model and actor. Starting off a career as a model at age 16, he later became best known for his lead role in the 2007 film, The Love of Siam and the 2010 sleeper hit, First Love. He also the lead star of Thailand's highest grossing film of all time, Pee Mak. He is also part of a group called 4+1 Channel 3 Superstar with Nadech Kugimiya, Prin Suparat, Pakorn Chatborirak, and Phupoom Phongpanu.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Mario Maurer was born at the Bangkok Christian Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. He is of Chinese and German descent.[1] His father chose an Italian name for him because he had a faible for Italian motorcycles.[2] Growing up, his father Roland and his mother Waranya owned several gas stations. Later they owned a business in Nakhon Nayok Province for production and export of roll-on deodorants to countries such as France and Germany.[3] Maurer has an elder brother five years older than him, who was born in Germany. He attended school at St. Dominic Savio Catholic School in Bangkok and now is studying at Ramkhamhaeng University, majoring in Communication Arts.

Career[edit]

When Maurer was 16 years old, he was approached at Siam Square to try out modeling. From there on, he started doing photo shoots, commercials and music videos.[4] In 2007, he made his feature film debut in a leading role in The Love of Siam, written and directed by Chukiat Sakweerakul.[5] 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 to-do list." 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.[6]

His other work as a model.

He won the Best Actor award in Starpics Thai Films Awards and also nominated in Bangkok Critics Assembly and Star Entertainment Awards.[7]

Director Bhandit Rittakol had approached Maurer for Boonchu 9, but he was tied up with other projects.[8] He has been cast in the 2008 film by Chatchai Naksuriya, Friendship. The film is set around 1983. Maurer starring opposite Apinya Sakuljaroensuk,[9] 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[10] Maurer's projects after 2008 include a comedy-horror film written and directed by Yuthlert Sippapak, Rahtree Reborn, scheduled for release in April 2009, in which he starred opposite Chermarn Boonyasak.[11]

Maurer gained popularity after he starred in the 2010 film First Love.

Other work[edit]

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 debut PsyCho & Lil’Mario: Dem Crazy Boyz on October 31, 2007.[12] 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."[6]

Maurer participated in endorsements for the first time for Exit Rollon and other popular brands such as The Pizza Company, Sugus, Foremost and now he acted as the presenter for Honda Jazz,[13] Pepsi, Dutchmill and Sony Ericsson. In July 2011, he was signed to become an endorser for the Philippine clothing brand, Penshoppe [14] 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 entitled Suddenly It's Magic.[15][15] 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.[16] On October 29, he hit the runway at the Philippine Fashion Week held at SMX Convention Center.[17][18] On August 3, 2013, Maurer return to the Philippines for promoting his movie Pee Mak and had a fan conference in two venues, SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia the following day together with Baifern Pimchanok,[19] as part of Baifern's official Penshoppe endorser.[20] As expected, thousands of fans in attendance for continuing support for both stars of the 2010 hit movie First Love.

Personal life[edit]

Maurers interest include skateboarding, hip-hop, and cars. Even though he is of Thai Chinese and German descent, he cannot speak German and only understands some Mandarin.[21] He is a native speaker of Thai and is also fluent in English. He converted to Roman Catholicism from Buddhism.[22] His father Roland died of a heart attack resulting from diabetes on June 27, 2011.[23] He has a very close relationship with his elder brother who works as a hip-hop artist and actor as well. He was in a relationship with actress Gubgib Sumontip before they decided to end their 9 year relationship on January 2013.[24][25]

Maurer and Witwisit Hiranyawongkul[edit]

Maurer with Witwisit Hiranyawongkul at the Star Entertainment Awards in 2008.

Due to the success of The Love of Siam, the chemistry between Mew, played by Witwisit Hiranyawongkul and Tong, played by Maurer, has been an issue and a trending topic. Hiranyawongkul has told reporters that he and Maurer are just good friends, and credited the film's editing for their seeming chemistry on-screen: "Usually, when having dialogue in the movie, we were facing different cameras." On the set, their eyes usually met the film crews', who helped make sure they acted with the right expressions.[26]

The two later performed together at a concert after not seeing each other in years, at which Maurer asked him "Mew, do you miss Tong?", and Hiranyawongkul responded "Let me think about that. If Tong didn't invite me, I wouldn't be here".[27]

They were also seen together during the ending credits of the film Love on that Day, in which Mario was the lead actor but in which Hiranyawongkul had not been a member of the cast.[28]

On the English and Thai-language TV show English Breakfast, Maurer was asked by one of its hosts if he has been "accused of being gay" due to his role in The Love of Siam. He replied "Yeah, people accused me, saying 'Are you gay'? You're kissing a man." When asked how he deals with that, he replied "If people see me in my eyes or talk to me, they'll know I'm a man. I'm not gay."[29]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Love of Siam Tong Critically acclaimed movie
2008 Friendship Singha
4 Romance Mee / Beaver
2009 Rahtree Reborn Rung First horror-comedy film
Rathree Revenge
2010 Saranae Siblor Ake
First Love P'Shone Asian sleeper hit, most talk-about/trending film
Eternity Ongkharak
The Dog Art
Saranae Hen Phi Doh
2011 The Outrage Monk
Bangkok Assassins Na
2012 Friends Never Die Gun
Rak Sud Teen Aek
Love On That Day Martin First Chinese movie
Jan Dara: The Beginning Jan Dara
Suddenly It's Magic Marcus Hanson First Filipino movie
2013 Pee Mak Mak Thailand's highest grossing film of all time
Jan Dara: The Finale Jan Dara

Drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network Broadcast Notes
2010 Tai Fah Tawan Diow
(Autumn Destiny)
Minho Channel 9 Lead role
2011 Plerng Torranong
(Arrogant Flames)
Plerngrit "Plerng" Channel 3
2012 Rak Kerd Nai Talad Sode
(Love Occurs In the Market)
Tong
2013 Madam Dun Neks
2014 Roy Ruk Hak Liam Tawan
(The Rising Sun)
Onizuka Takeshi

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2008 Asian Film Awards[30] Best Supporting Actor The Love of Siam Nominated
Siam Dara Star Awards Hot Young Man Won
Starpics Thai Films Awards [31] Best Actor Won
Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards[32] Nominated
Thailand Film Festival Awards Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
Star Entertainment Awards[33] Best Actor Nominated
Cinemanila International Film Festival[34] Won
Seventeen Choice Awards[35] Seventeen Choice Hottie Male Won
OK! Awards Rising Star Award[36] Won
2009 Top Awards Best Rising Star Film Actor[37] Friendship Won
IN Young Generation Awards Hot Guy Award[38] N/A Won
2010 Top Awards Best Film Actor Rahtree Reborn Nominated
IN Young Generation Awards[39] Sexy Guy Award N/A Won
Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards Best-Looking Actor First Love Nominated
Star Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor Nominated
2011 Top Awards Best Film Actor Won
MThai Awards Star Couple for 2011
(with Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul)
Won
Seventeen Choice Awards Seventeen Choice Hottie Male Nominated
2012 Kom Chad Luek Awards Excellent Actor for Drama Plerng Torranong Nominated
Popular Actor Award Nominated
Mekala Awards Anti-Drugs Celebrity N/A Won
Asian Film Awards[40][41] Best Supporting Actor The Outrage Nominated
Top Awards Best Film Actor Jan Dara: The Beginning Nominated
Star Party TV Pool Awards Attractive Smile Star Award N/A Won
Candy Style Awards Most Stylish Candy Cover Boy[42] N/A Won
Seventeen Choice Awards[43] Seventeen Choice Actor N/A Won
2013 6th Nine Entertain Awards Actor of the Year Rak Kerd Nai Talad Sode & Jan Dara: The Beginning Nominated
TV Gold Awards Outstanding Actor Rak Kerd Nai Talad Sode Nominated
Kom Chad Luek Awards Best Drama Actor Nominated
Popular Actor Award Nominated
Siam Dara Star Awards Actor Excellent Pee Mak Won
Most Popular Male Star Nominated
Seventeen Choice Awards Hot Guys of the Year[44] Won
Kerd Awards Born to be Together
(with Davika Hoorne)
Nominated
Kerd of the Year Won
ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards[45] Pop Screen Kiss
(with Erich Gonzales)
Suddenly It's Magic Nominated
Pop Love Team
(with Erich Gonzales)
Nominated
11th Starpics Thai Films Awards Best Actor Pee Mak Nominated
2014 22nd Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards Best Actor Nominated
7th Nine Entertain Awards Actor of the Year Pee Mak & Jan Dara: The Finale Won
TV Gold Awards Outstanding Actor Madam Dun Nominated
Daradaily The Great Awards Best Film Actor of the Year Pee Mak Won
Siam Dara Star Awards Most Popular Male Star N/A Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography Mario Maurer (Thai)
  2. ^ "Definitions of Mario Maurer ", She and I Magazine, June 2008-issue, No. 579, Pages 80-83.
  3. ^ "The Rising Stars Mario & Lee Dong Wook," นิตยสารแพรว ฉบับ, issued on October 25th, 2008, Pages 190-199.
  4. ^ [interview with Mario Maurer "Woody was born here," the Modern Nine TV on August 3, 2008 from 10 to 11 PM.]
  5. ^ Love of Siam, Movieseer.com; retrieved 2007-12-29
  6. ^ a b Francois Oosthuizen, "2Profile_MARIO". 2 Magazine. September 2008. p.67-81
  7. ^ 2007 Thai film awards summary, Thaicinema.org. Retrieved on 17 February 2011 .
  8. ^ All in the family dailyxpress.net
  9. ^ Mario and Saiparn in Friendship sanook.com (Thai)
  10. ^ “ปรัชญา” เชื่อมั่น รักต่างมุมมอง “ฝัน-หวาน-อาย-จูบ” โดนแน่ dailynews.co.th (Thai)
  11. ^ Buppha Reborn .thaicinema.org
  12. ^ "Mario Maurer". Hamburger Magazine. November 2007.
  13. ^ and cloud 9 commercial by Unilever company Honda Jazz positioningmag.com
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ a b Mario Maurer meets with Star Cinema executives for a possible movie and Maurer really have fun to have a movie with Erich Gonzales. | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz. PEP.ph (2011-08-08). Retrieved on 2012-01-13.
  16. ^ Mario Maurer Fan Conference (FanCon) in Manila Announced. October 13, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2011
  17. ^ ABS-CBN News. September 28, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2011
  18. ^ Mario Maurer to headline Philippine Fashion Week this October. PEP.ph. October 16, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2011
  19. ^ http://www.spot.ph/event/50690/penshoppe-fan-conference-2013-with-mario-maurer--baifern-pimchanok
  20. ^ http://bidakapamilya.blogspot.com/2012/10/baifern-pimchanok-is-newest-penshoppe.html
  21. ^ "the other Mario" Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  22. ^ The secret of Mario, page 28, ISBN 9789740528661
  23. ^ [1] (Thai)
  24. ^ Krissa, Donida (January 12, 2012). "Mario Maurer isn't bothered by Erich Gonzales revealing that he has a girlfriend.". Push. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Mario Maurer downgrades relationship status with Gubgib to the word 'friends'". Sugar Daily. January 31, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  26. ^ witwisit hiranyawongkul and mario maurer
  27. ^ 4-1 Superstar Concert Thai
  28. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=nthidgqZ7Dw#t=5556s
  29. ^ Maurer, Mario (July 31, 2011). Interview with Suphajon Klinsuwan. English Breakfast. TPBS. Bangkok.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  30. ^ Nominations & winners asianfilmawards.org
  31. ^ STARPICS THAI FILMS AWARDS # 5 (๒๕๕๐) thaicinema.org (Thai)
  32. ^ ผลรางวัลชมรมวิจารณ์บันเทิง ครั้งที่ 16 ประจำปี 2550 popcornmag.com (Thai)
  33. ^ Result of Star Entertainment Awards manager.co.th (Thai)
  34. ^ 2008 DEKADA CINEMANILA AWARDEES Dekada Cinemanila
  35. ^ Seventeen Teen Choice Awards. iheartlakorns. OCTOBER 28, 2008.
  36. ^ OK! Awards 2008. iheartlakorns. OCTOBER 30, 2008.
  37. ^ Awards 2008 winners. iheartlakorns. JANUARY 27, 2009.
  38. ^ Ken and Aff won “Best On Screen Couple” at the IN magazine Award. iheartlakorns. FEBRUARY 10, 2009.
  39. ^ Pictures from the “IN Young Generation Awards 2009″. iheartlakorns. FEBRUARY 10, 2010.
  40. ^ "2012 Asian Film Awards List of Nominees – Eugene Domingo gets Best Actress nomination". Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  41. ^ "Moments with Mario Maurer". Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  42. ^ Style Awards 2012. remakestyle. May 10, 2012.
  43. ^ (English)Sweet, sexy and Seventeen. The Nation. November 17, 2012.
  44. ^ (English)Mario Maurer is Seventeen Magazine’s “Hot Guys Awards 2013″ (Photo)!. WHY NOT COCONUT! E-NEWS AT ITS BEST!. OCTOBER 17, 2013.
  45. ^ Nominees for ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice released. ABS-CBNnews. October 20, 2013.

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