Luis speaks up on 'Captain Barbell' rumors

By Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jan 30 2015 04:53 PM | Updated as of Jan 31 2015 12:53 AM

Luis Manzano

MANILA - Actor and TV host Luis Manzano on Friday reacted to rumors that he will play the role of the fictional Filipino superhero Captain Barbell.

In an interview with reporters during the launch of his newest endorsement, Puregold Perks Card, Manzano made it clear that the role was not offered to him.

"Captain Barbell? Hindi ako, hindi ako," said Manzano, who is set to return as the host of the ABS-CBN game show "Kapamilya Deal or No Deal."

"No, not at all," he added. "Kasi hindi ako leading man [material]. Ang Captain Barbell ay pang-leading man 'yan. Ako hindi."

Manzano's father, Edu Manzano, portrayed Captain Barbell in the 1986 movie of the same title.

When asked if he is open to taking on the role if given a chance, the TV host said: "Depende din talaga kasi lahat naman ng ginagawa ngayon ay new version... so depende sa treatment nila ngayon."

ABS-CBN won the rights to "Captain Barbell" and 12 other titles for characters created by Mars Ravelo.

Actors Xian Lim and Coco Martin have also been rumored to play the iconic superhero, but both have denied accepting the project.