One thing that we definitely miss about local cinema are the action movies that we had during the 90s. You know what I’m talking about, right? Yung may tumatakbong action star na may hawak hawak na leading lady habang may sumasabog na lumang kotse sa likod dahil wala silang budget magpasabog ng magandang kotse? Those ones. Some of them might be riddled with cheesy gung-ho dialogue and formulaic storytelling, but they were fun! And for better or worse, they represented Filipino views on masculinity. Cesar Montano doing an acrobatic move in the middle of a gunfight and then asking the audience “o kaya niyo yun?” Rudy Fernandez acting all tough and serious pero pinipingot ng asawa niya pag nahuling may ibang chicks? Will that ever happen in a Vin Diesel movie? Of course not! Only in the Philippines.
That’s why it’s high time that we go back to making movies like that! And what better way to do that than to tell the story of person that has captured the imaginations of many Filipinos in recent months. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we’re talking about a movie about President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte.
Whether you voted for the guy or not, there’s no escaping the fact that he’s now the President of our beloved republic. People might have varying views on him – some adore him, some dislike him, some are downright afraid of him. He’s a very polarizing figure that’s for sure. But the one thing we can all agree on is that Pres. Rody is one colorful character. And it would be really interesting to see his controversial life and rise to power depicted on the big screen.
So if we were to make a “Duterte: The Movie” how would it play out? Will there be old cars exploding in the background? Of course! What’s a Pinoy movie without one! Will there be fistfights inside of restaurants? Aba may pompyang pa! May dialogue ba muna bago magbarilan? Oo, paastigan muna ng speech bago bumaril!
Listen up, local film studios, because this is how you should make a Duterte movie.
Who will be “Digong”?
One of the major things we have to decide on is who will be playing the titular role. It has to be someone authoritative and also someone who seems like he can beat you up if you cross the line. Ironically, despite going against his daughter in the last elections, FPJ would have been perfect to play the role. The King has brought to life NBI agent Epimaco Velasco and former mayor Edward Hagedorn in his movies before. But since FPJ is no longer with us, who can play the part? John Arcilla was able to bring the tough-talking Heneral Luna back to life so he’s a candidate. Jose Manalo does a great impression of him, but he won’t be convincing in an action movie. So who do we have?
Well since we’re making a throwback of 90s action movies, Cesar Montano might be our best choice. O easy ka lang ah! Before you react, think about it for a minute. Cesar is from Bohol so he can definitely nail that Bisayan accent. In terms of acting chops, Cesar won awards for playing Jose Rizal so you know he’s up to the task of playing a real-life character. He and Digong both share the same moreno complexion. He’s young enough to play the younger version of Digong and with the help of make up, they can definitely make him look like the present day version of Du30. (Nanunuod naman kayo ng Your Face Sounds Familiar? Kaya ng mga make up artist yan!)