Why Gabby is PH cinema’s enduring leading man

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Gabby Concepcion is still at his prime

Gabby Concepcion is still at his prime

“It’s just his amazing genes!” exclaimed Andoy Ranay when The Manila Times asked him why 49-year-old actor Gabby Concepcion is still a very hot leading man, compared to his showbiz contemporaries.

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“Not only is he a great actor but he just simply oozes with sex appeal and charisma,” he the man at the help of Viva Film’s upcoming big screen drama When the Love is Gone. “But aside from these, he is also very professional. When we told him he would have many intimate scenes in the movie, he asked for a couple of months to physically prepare for the specific shots. Inuna muna namin yung iba until he felt ready for the rest.”

Gabby leads the all-star cast of Cristine Reyes, Andie Eigenmann, Jake Cuenca and Alice Dixson in the remake of master director Danny Zialcita’s ‘80s classic Nagalit Ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi. He plays the role of an unhappy husband, who finds himself falling for a married woman who had just discovered her spouse’s shocking secret. Alice plays the role of Gabby’s wife, while Cristine sizzles in the part of the mistress.

Absent from Tuesday night’s panel interview, Gabby was still very much talked about for his enduring and powerful presence in front of the camera. While most of his fellow-actors from the ‘80s have gone on to do supporting roles be it on TV or the big screen—usually as parents of the current crop of young stars—the erstwhile heartthrob remains to be so, and still excites fans as the bida in his string of projects.

“Gabby was my one and only choice for Emman in When the Love is Gone,” revealed director Wenn Deramas who served as the movie’s creative producer. “Kasi si Gabby, labi pa lang, mata pa lang, umaarte na, kahit ngayon.”

When the Love is Gone is both a tribute to the late Zialcita and Viva Film’s 32nd anniversary offering. It opens in cinemas nationwide on November 27.

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