Why did Robin Padilla turn down chance to portray Andres Bonifacio in El Presidente?

When Robin Padilla (in photo) declined to star in El Presidente, the role of Andres Bonifacio went to Cesar Montano.



Robin Padilla reveals that he previously turned down a chance to portray Andres Bonifacio in a movie.

"Hindi na titigil 'yan," the actor told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters when asked if he will continue to do historical projects in the future.

"Dahil maraming producers na naniniwala sa rebolusyon na yun. Kahit naging successful o hindi ang [Heneral] Luna, isa lang ang advice ko: 'Huwag tayong aalis sa katotohanan.'

"Kasi kapag umalis tayo sa katotohanan, hindi na historical ang ginagawa natin: bolahan na."

Robin portrayed Andres Bonifacio in the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo.

It turns out that he could also have played the Supremo in an earlier MMFF entry but he passed up the opportunity.

Robin reminded everyone, "Kailangan pag naglahad tayo tungkol sa kasaysayan, huwag tayong lalabas dun sa tunay na nangyari."

The actor stressed, "Kailangan kapag pinadala mo sa akin ang script, kailangan totoo."

He said that he declined to portray Bonifacio after reading the script of El Presidente, one of the entries in the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival.

"Kasi nangyari na sa amin ni Gov."

He was referring to ER Ejercito, who portrayed Emilio Aguinaldo in El Presidente.

"Pinadalhan niya ako ng [script ng] El Presidente. Binalik ko sa kanya.

"Sabi ko sa kanya, hindi nangyari ito. Hindi ginawa ni Bonifacio ito."

Robin recalled, "Masyadong naging biased."

The Andres Bonifacio in El Presidente was eventually portrayed by Cesar Montano.

Robin's Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo took home nine awards during the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival.

These accolades included Best Picture, Best Festival Sound Recording, Best Musical Score, Best Original Theme Song, and Best Cinematography.

It also won the Best Float, Youth Choice Award, as well as the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award for Film Excellence and Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award.

(Read: International version of Robin Padilla-starrer, Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo, now screening in cinemas)


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