MANILA - Former president Joseph Estrada is excited to be making films again after 22 years of hiatus.
For his comeback film, Estrada is teamed up with ace comedienne Ai-Ai delas Alas. The two are set to begin filming a comedy movie under Star Cinema.
"Napapanahon [ito] dahil sa maraming taong umiiyak ngayon sa hirap. So, patatawanin namin ni Ai-Ai para matulungan sila. Kahit sa pelikula man lang ay mapatawa namin sila, mapasaya namin," Estrada told ABS-CBN News.
Estrada, who will play a strict father to his six children, said the whole family can watch his upcoming movie.
He also assured the moviegoers that they will not only enjoy watching it but, more importantly, they will learn a lot from the family-oriented film.
Estrada is also proud of his on-screen partner. During his imprisonment, the deposed leader, who was convicted of plunder, said he would always watch Delas Alas’ films.
For Delas Alas, on the other hand, doing a project with the former president is one of her greatest achievements as an actress.
"Ito ang pinaka-classic at historical na magagawa ko sa buong showbiz career ko,” Delas Alas said.
The comedy queen, who will play Estrada’s wife, said the still untitled flick will also be different compared with her other family-oriented movies.
"Ito ang family film na may asawa ako. Lahat ng 'Tanging Ina' movies wala akong asawa dahil namamatay nga. So naka-sentro ang buhay ko sa mga anak. Ngayon ako magkakaroon ng asawa sa pelikula," Delas Alas said.
Toni Gonzaga, Thou Reyes, Janus del Prado, AJ Perez, Carl Camo and Sam Milby are also part of the film. Dionisia Pacquiao, mother of People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao, will also make a special appearance.
Produced by Star Cinema, the upcoming comedy movie will be directed by award-winning Wenn Deramas.