In his second movie project this year, Dennis Trillo brings to life the role of Felix Manalo, the First Executive Minister of Iglesia ni Cristo in monumental film that traces the origin of the INC church. Dennis said he considers himself lucky to be recommended for the role by the film's director Joel Lamangan. “Katoliko ako eh, kaya nagulat ako nung sabi nila ako yung gaganap. Sabi ko, 'Bakit kaya hindi kapatid yung pinili nila?' In-explain naman nila na siyempre gusto naman nila magampanan ng maayos, hindi na nila inisip yung mga relihiyon ng mga artista. Gusto nila siguro kung sino ang makakaganap at mapapanindigan yung role na yun,” he shared during the Felix Manalo grand presscon held last August 20 at the Gloria Maris Restaurant in Quezon City.
The actor also admitted he is still overwhelmed after he finished 57 shooting days in over eight months for the film. “Ngayon ko lang na-ri-realize unti-unti na this is the role of a lifetime. Siguro kahit patayin na ako pinapalabas pa rin ito kung saan man. Feeling ko magiging isa sa mga important pelikula ito of the century. Ito na yung pinakamalaking project na nagawa ko sa buong buhay ko. Ito na talaga yun eh wala ng iba. Hindi ko alam kung may darating pa na ganitong role ulit. Minsan lang ito kakatok sa pintuan mo so pag tinanggihan mo baka magsisi ka pa so walang dahilan talaga para tumanggi,” he explained.
One of the people who is happy for him is his current TV series co-star and former flame Jennylyn Mercado. “Natuwa lang siya para sa akin. Siyempre alam niya kung gaano kalaki yung Iglesia so naiisip rin niya siguro yung posibilidad kung gaano ito magiging isang malaking project,” he said. Even though there is speculation that there might be a reconciliation between the two of them, Dennis says work is his main focus for now, “We're very well. Maayos naman lahat. Hindi naman ito ulit yung first time namin magkatrabaho pero ito yung first time magkatrabaho five years ago. Pero sa awa ng diyos maganda naman yung mga nanagyayari. Lahat maganda kaya thank you Lord.”
Watch Viva Films' biopic Felix Manalo when it opens in theaters nationwide on October 7. Starring Dennis Trillo, Bela Padilla and a cast of a hundred stars including Lorna Tolentino, Gabby Concepcion, Richard Yap, Mylene Dizon, Yul Servo and more. Directed by Joel Lamangan. For more updates, visit VIVA ENT YouTube channel and www.felixmanalothemovie.com.