Dingdong Dantes had the chance to work with Hollywood actor Patrick Bergin for the upcoming movie Dance of the Steel Bars.
In this film, Dingdong and Patrick are cast as inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC), a maximum security prison.
Patrick Bergin is best known for playing Julia Roberts’ abusive husband in the psychological thriller, Sleeping with the Enemy (1991).
To be screened in Philippines this May, Dance of the Steel Bars is directed by Cesar Apolinario and Marnie Manicad.
"Ang inspirasyon talaga nun ay ang Cebu Dancing Inmates. Sila yung pinagbasehan.
"It's an original story about some of the inmates," said Dingdong during the StarStudio autograph signing session held at National Bookstore, Glorietta 1 last March 17.
He continued: "Ako yung isa sa mga yun. Ipapakita namin ang mga buhay-buhay sa loob...kung paano nabuo ang grupo, kung paano nagsimula ang pagsasayaw."
What made him accept this role?
"Para sa akin, gusto ko gumawa ng kakaiba parati.
"Nung time na yun, parang kakaiba yung role dahil may dancing involved.
"It's different, I don't know how to categorize it," explained Dingdong.
What was the hardest part of shooting Dance of the Steel Bars?
"Challenge para sa amin to dance with them kasi we literally did their routine with thousands of inmates. Alam naman natin kung gaano sila kagaling at well-coordinated.
"For me, it was such a privilege na makasabay sila na sumayaw," said the Kapuso actor with a smile.
Aside from Dingdong and Hollywood actor Patrick Bergin, Dance of the Steel Bars also stars Ricky Davao, Mon Confiado, Kathleen Hermosa, Joey Paras, and Thou Reyes.
A story inspired by actual events in a Filipino prison, the struggles that inmates experience and their quest to feel human again. This riveting feature film about redemption follows Frank Parish (Patrick Bergin), a retired U.S. fireman and philanthropist who finds himself wrongly accused of murder and jailed in the Philippines.
Stuck in prison, Frank was beginning to lose faith in everything he believed in until he becomes friends with Mando (Dingdong Dantes), a convicted murderer who denies his passion for dancing just to prove his masculinity and Allona (Joey Paras), a transsexual who tries to contribute to prison reforms by teaching his fellow inmates dance exercises. They get involved in a tricky struggle between the positive changes initiated by the new warden (Ricky Davao) and the corrupt system that weighs down the inmates' chance to become better individuals.
Frank finds himself caught in an intricate web of lies and must choose between concealing what he knows to keep himself out of danger or to help his fellow inmates by revealing the truth.
Will he remain on the sidelines as an observer, or will he dance the dance of the steel bars?