While Zanjoe Marudo has portrayed gay characters in several skits for the TV comedy Banana Split and in Star Cinema’s anniversary movie 24/7 in Love, the actor admits he never expected to play a gay role in a full-length movie.
Marudo is the lead star of the upcoming movie Bromance: My Brother’s Romance where he plays the dual role of one straight and very “macho” character and his screaming, cross-dressing twin brother.
“Kaya naman ako pumayag dun sa 24/7 in Love kasi isang maliit na episode lang yun tapos si Bea [Alonzo] pa ‘yung partner ko. Pero hindi ko akalain na mabibigyan ako ng ganitong role in a full-length film na gagampanan ko ng buo mula simula hanggang matapos,” he told reporters during the press conference of the upcoming movie.
Marudo adds he’s also okay to do more gay roles in the future. “Maganda siguro kung mangyayari sa akin ‘yon, kasi ibig sabihin gusto ng tao, nagustuhan ng producers, kaysa yung isang beses ko lang gawin tapos hanggang dun na lang. Mas maganda yung maulit para sa akin, mas gusto ko ‘yon.”
But is he also willing to portray more serious gay characters like the movie Brokeback Mountain?
“Oo naman, kasi siyempre ibang atake naman ‘yon, mas seryoso, mas drama. Maganda para sa isang artista na masubukan ang iba’t ibang roles kaya dapat di ka mamili—teka ano ba ang nangyari sa Brokeback?” he answered eliciting laughter from the audience.
Marudo said he’s happy to get the support of his girlfriend Bea adding she was one of the inspirations of his gay character.
“Ginagaya ko ‘yung pagpa-pout niya ng labi kasi nga napansin ko halos lahat ng mga pictures niya sa mga magazine, laging naka-pout ‘yong labi niya. So ‘yon ang naging peg ko,” he said.
Bromance tells the story of identical twins in which the macho Brando could not accept his gay brother Brandy. So he leaves home to put up his own auto repair shop where he works as a mechanic. Unfortunately, things don’t go well and he falls into debt. One day, the twin’s mother begs Brandy, who has become a successful interior designer. When Brandy falls into a coma following an accident, Brando is force to assume his identity in order to close a multi-million peso deal and reconnect with his ex-girlfriend Erika (played by Cristine Reyes) who happens to be Brandy’s best friend.
Directed by Wenn Deramas, the movie also stars, Arlene Muhlach, Joy Viado, Manuel Chua, Boom Labrusca, Joey Paras, Lassy Marquez, Nikki Valdez, Maricar de Mesa, Abbie Bautista, Carlo Romero and Jeff Luna.
Produced by Skylight Films and Star Cinema, Bromance: My Brothers Romance opens in theaters on May 15.