For the first time, Derrick Monasterio portrays a superhero in GMA-7's upcoming comedy-fantasy weekly series Tsuperhero.
The Kapuso actor will play the role of Nonoy, a jeepney driver who turns into a superhero because of a mysterious object from a distant planet.
Since he is used to playing a role in drama series, Derrick admits his new role is a bit of a challenge for him.
“Mas mahirap po ang comedy,” said the 21-year-old actor.
“Kasi, 'yong drama kahit minsan kaya pang dayain, e.
“'Yong comedy, kailangan nakakatawa ka, kailangan simultaneous.
“Kapag hindi ka nakakatawa, kumo-corny minsan.”
As part of his study of the character, Derrick also tried to experience the life of a jeepney driver.
In his immersion, he learned, “Mainit sa jeep, hindi po biro ang ginagawa nila.
“Dati galit ako sa mga jeepney driver kasi bastos sila minsan.
“Pero ngayon, muntik ko na silang mahalin. Totoo 'yong hindi biro ang pinagdadaanan nila.”
FIRST SUPERHERO COSTUME. This project marks Derrick's first time to wear a tight-fitting superhero suit.
During the press conference, he appeared wearing his blue and yellow superhero suit.
The wacky adventures of Tsuperhero will begin every Sunday beginning November after 24 Oras Weekend on GMA Sunday Grande.
Asked about his first experience, the young actor jokingly said, “Nang humuhubog na sa katawan ko, mas kumakapit na po, mas napi-feel ko na superhero ako.”
Derrick thinks his physique is one of his advantages among actors who portrayed a superhero.
“Mas bata po siguro at mas fresh,” he said in jest.
“Kasi, 'yong mga superhero dati, may mga nilalagay pang padding kung saan-saan.
“Ako po, wala. Like, 'yon na 'yon, 'yong suot kong costume.”
Derrick's leading lady in Tsuperhero is Bea Binene who plays Eva, a barker who finds Nonoy’s kalye attitude irritating and endearing at the same time.
Joining them are Gabby Concepcion as Sgt. Cruz, Nonoy’s ninong who works as a cop; Alma Moreno as Aling Martha, Nonoy’s half-blind and loving mother; Albert “Betong” Sumaya as Julius, a small time crook; Philip Lazaro as Mang Pedi, the owner of the karinderia where Nonoy usually hangs out; Miggs Cuaderno as Bok, the alien who gives Nonoy his powers; Valentin as Polding, a cook;Annalyn Barro as Anna, the probinsyana niece of Mang Pedi who Nonoy becomes friends with; Jemwell Ventenilla as Choy, the street kid that Nonoy and Eva come across with; Kuhol as Mong, the tactless yosi vendor.
This is an original concept of Bubble Gang and Pepito Manaloto star Michael V.