MANILA, Philippines – Hunk actor Zanjoe Marudo is looking to score gay roles for his next projects onscreen.
Taking inspiration from the late film icon Dolphy, whose 65-year career in showbiz saw him take on several gay roles, Marudo said he intends to take on the same to "challenge" himself as an actor.
"Gusto ko iyong ginawa ni Manong Dolphy dati. 'Yung 'Facifica Falayfay' at 'Ang Tatay Kong Nanay,'" Marudo was quoted as saying in the 2013 edition of ABS-CBN Publishing's Star Magic Catalogue, released this month.
Released in 1969, "Facifica Falayfay" is about a boy, Pacifico (Dolphy), who was raised as a girl. In one scene, as described by film critic Noel Vera, "Dolphy makes a grand entrance, sashaying down a staircase in a see-through raincoat over bikini underwear."
"Tatay," a film released in 1978, tells the story of a cross-dressing gay man, Coring (Dolphy), who is forced to raise Nonoy (played by Niño Muhlach) after the child was abandoned by his father to join the U.S. Navy.
"Challenging eh," Marudo said of taking on gay roles. "Tingin kasi sa akin brusko-brukso, tapos bakla pa 'yung role. Maganda 'yung role na ganun, kakaiba 'yung ginagawa mo," he said.
"Mas mahirap kasing gawin 'yung ordinaryong tao ka, 'yung normal ka kaysa 'yung malayo sayo," added Marudo, who is regularly seen on the late-night gag show "Banana Split."
Now seven years into being a talent of Star Magic, ABS-CBN's talent management arm, Marudo has taken on drama, comedy, and action. Now a well-received actor in his own right, the hunk actor might well come by his first serious gay role before hitting a decade in the industry.
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