Zanjoe Marudo is one of the Kapamilya actors being groomed to be a leading man. And his director and co-actor in the upcoming movie Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi believe that he has a very good potential as an actor.
Movie director Joey Reyes said he never knew anything about Zanjoe until they worked together in this movie. He was surprised about his attitude, which was actually lacking to some of the new breed of stars.
Direk Joey related at the press conference of the movie recently, "Nagulat lang ako. He is such a down-to-earth person.
"Kahit personal na ’yong tinatanong ko sa buhay niya, okay lang. Walang kaplastikan.
"Sabi ko, aba, pambihira ito sa industriyang ito. Lalung-lalo na sa tao na very down-to-earth siya."
Direk Joey also noted Zanjoe ability to perform as dramatic actor and comedian.
"You know, it’s a matter of positioning himself, e," he told the media. "Kasi, at this point, they’re giving him all kinds of jobs.
"Di ba, for a year, nasa Banana Split siya, sumasayaw kasa-kasama nina Jason [Gainza] at John Prats? Kung minsan naman nagiging leading man siya.
"So, medyo nalilito pa ang mga tao kung saan talaga siya ipupuwesto at saan siya ilalagay. Ngayon, ilalabas naman ang Hiyas na parang tribal ano naman siya.
"Eventually ’yan, kapag na-identify kung ano talaga at kung ano ang position niya bilang isang leading man, doon siguro mabibigyan ng talagang kabuuan ng talento niya.
"Talented kasi si Zanjoe."
The director also think that Zanjoe has that kind of wit for a comedian.
In fact, when asked what kind of role would fit the former Pinoy Big Brother celebrity housemate, he answered, "You know, kasi ang dami nang romantic leading man, e. Pero kung tatanungin mo kung sino talaga ang magaling na komedyante na hindi naman mukhang bugoy, bagay kay Zanjoe, e."
WAITING TO BE LAUNCHED. From being a PBB celebrity housemate in 2006, Zanjoe already appeared in several TV shows and movies.
His previous TV projects include Super Inggo (2006), Dyosa (2008), The Wedding (2009), Lovers in Paris (2009), and Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Kristine (2010).
He also appeared in movies such as You Got Me (2007), Kimmy Dora (2009), Cinco (2010), and Sa’Yo Lamang (2010).
Despite all these, Eugene Domingo, Zanjoe’s co-star in Wedding Tayo Wedding Hindi, believes that he still has to have his own launching movie.
"Sabi ko nga sa kanya, ’Alam mo, hinihintay kita talaga na ma-launch," she related.
Then, she explained, "Kasi, sabi ko, dati hindi ako naniniwala na ma-launch.
"Dati, kuntento na ako sa ginagawa ko until Spring Films offered me a launching picture [Kimmy Dora].
"Doon ko lang na-realize na lahat pala kailangan nalu-launch if you really are serious about it."
When asked what she can say about Zanjoe’s performance as a leading man, Eugene replied, "Nagagalingan ako sa kanya, e."
She also stressed, "Para sa akin, ha, given the right material, he can be the next Bembol Roco. Both comedy and drama.
"At saka ’yong mukha niya, hindi siya poging-pogi o stunning at once kaya pwedeng-pwede mong paniwalain ang character. Magaling talaga siya."
Eugene and Zanjoe first worked together in the movie Kimmy Dora.