How Dennis Trillo got the role of Felix Manalo in Iglesia ni Cristo movie
MANILA, Philippines – Dennis Trillo said that he is grateful for being given the opportunity to play the role of Felix Manalo in the movie based on the life of Iglesia ni Cristo founder.
In an interview, Dennis said: "Napakasuwerte ko lang na napasama ako sa pelikula. Maganda 'yung experience na nakatrabaho ko yung mga the best sa industriya magmula sa mga artista, direktor, sa likod ng kamera. And first time ko din makagawa ng pelikula sa Viva Films."
(I am very lucky to be part of the film. It was a good experience, working with the best in the industry – from the actors, director, the people behind the the camera. And it's my first time to work with Viva Films.)
Dennis said he was initially suprised why he was chosen as he was not an INC member. (WATCH: Dennis Trillo as INC founder in 'Felix Manalo' movie trailer)
"'Yung unang pagtataka is bakit ako yung pinili nila? Siguro kapatid din pero later on noong nag-meeting kami, saka ko na realize na kung gaanong kalaking proyekto itong ginagawa namin."
(At first I asked, why was I chosen? I guess it should be a brother also, but later on, during the meeting, that's when I realize how big this movie was.)
"Laking pasasalamat ko na na-land itong role na ito sa akin, na originally hindi naman po talaga para sa akin, pero siguro destined lang ako to play this role kahit mahirap siya dahil ang hirap nung role ng isang icon. At talagang maraming nagmamahal at maraming nakakakilala, pero awa ng Diyos nagampanan naman po ng maayos," he said.
(I am very thankful that the role was given to me. It was originally not really for me but I guess I was destined to play this role despite the difficulty because it's very hard to play a role of an icon. And many really love him and know him but by God's grace, I was able to portray it well.)
When asked how he was able to effectively portray the INC founder in the movie, Dennis said he had a hard time since he had minimal reference material.
"Yung pag-portray mismo kay Felix Manalo, yung pag-transform ko dito para maging katulad niya, and yung pong kakulangan sa reference. Nung panahon niya wala siyang mga video recording. Puro lang po mga audio na mahahanap lang sa Internet at litrato," he said.
(The potrayal of Felix Manalo itself, the transfromation I had to undergo to be him, and the minimal references. During his time, there was no video recording. It was just all audio that was available on the Internet and pictures.)
"Kaya kung pagbabasehan mo y'ung isang tao at wala ka naman makikita na paano siya namumuhay, mahirap iyon," he added.
(That's why if you are basing it on a person and you do not have any reference [material] on how he lived his life, that's very difficult.)
Dennis said that in order portray the role well, members of the INC were on set to help them.
"Hindi po talagang puwedeng mag-improvise kasi nandiyan naman po yung gabay ng mga kapatid, mga ministro sa set and may immersion din po kaming ginawa bago namin sinimulan, kaya nakatulong naman po iyon sa paganap ko kay Ka Felix."
(You cannot really improvise, that's why we have the guidance of our brothers and sisters, the ministers and we had an immersion before we did the movie, so it helped me in playing the role of Ka Felix.)
Felix Manalo tells the story of the founder of the Iglesia ni Cristo. The trailer, which was shown on Sunday, August 16, shows Manalo's life from his days as a young boy to the establishment of the INC, which numbers more than a million followers.
The movie also stars Bela Padilla, Gabby Concepcion, Lorna Tolentino, EJ Falcon, Joel Torre, Heart Evangelista and Richard Yap.
Directed by Joel Lamangan, Felix Manalo opens on October 7. – Rappler.com