Isko Moreno As Ninoy Aquino: How Darryl Yap Convinced The Actor

Isko Moreno accepted this role for his showbiz comeback

Actor-turned-politician Isko Moreno played the character of Ninoy Aquino in the movie Martyr or Murderer and this is how director Darryl Yap convinced him.

For several years, Isko concentrated on his duty in public service. His last government position was as the Mayor of Manila. He tried his luck in the presidential election but he failed.

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📷: The Philippine Star

This year, he is making his showbiz comeback, aside from the production company he established. His first role to mark his return to the entertainment industry is former Senator Ninoy Aquino in Direk Darryl’s second installment in a trilogy about the life of the Marcoses before and after Martial Law.

Previously, Direk Darryl Yap revealed that he initially wanted Phillip Salvador or Herbert Bautista to play the character of Ninoy in the MoM. However, for certain reasons, this did not push through.

Then, Isko Moreno came into the scene. In a recent interview with The Philippine Star, the controversial director shared, “During the elections, I had meetings with the Isko camp naman if I’d be willing to do campaigning for them. So, I already have connections. And I think to further push for the term ‘unity,’ I have to include the former adversary from a different camp to finally show the essence of unity. Then, I told the senator,” he said.

When Direk Darryl said this to Sen. Imee Marcos, she responded that she was not confident that Isko will say yes to this. The director said that they will try and the meeting happened.

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📷: Manila Bulletin

Nag-usap kami tapos pinabasa ko yung script. Sabi niya, basahin ko muna (script) bago ako umo-o. It’s just a seven-page script and ang shooting niya sa amin one day lang. So, if people are thinking tungkol kay Ninoy ang pelikula, sorry po, hindi eh,” the director shared.

Direk Darryl also stressed that Isko is prominent in the movie poster because he is playing a big role but the movie is not about his character. “It was his (Isko’s) concern, ‘Baka mamaya, all of a sudden ako yung nasa spotlight. I don’t like it. I don’t want any friction with the Marcoses anymore,” he added.

The director also said that Isko is very gracious. After reading the script, the former Mayor smiled and hugged Direk Darryl. Then, the actor said, “it’s a yes.” With this, the director said that he is happy to have both Isko Moreno and Cesar Montano in his film.

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