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Malvar Scion Rejects Manny Pacquiao as Miguel Malvar

Manny Pacquiao's camp, however, defends the casting.

Film executive producer and director Gabriel Malvar, isn't happy with the casting of boxer-senator Manny Pacquiao as revolutionary General Miguel Malvar, although he made it clear his opposition had nothing to do with the boxer's acting chops.

The young Malvar also claimed the family wasn't consulted about the project.

"Had I been consulted, I would have said that I preferred someone not involved in politics or in public service to portray him," said the younger Malvar.

"I do not think he (Gen Malvar) would have preferred to have his name associated with anyone in politics and government service. I would like his name and legacy totally apart from the political milieu."

The camp of Manny Pacquiao has defended the athlete-actor-politician casting as the main star of a historical movie about the war hero Miguel Malvar that is set for an international release next year. “International release yung movie, so kailangan mo ng pang-draw. Yung sikat, yung kilala sa ibang bansa," explained Arnold Vegafria, veteran talent manager and head of ALV Talent Circuit.


“Sino ba ang sikat na Pilipino na kilala sa ibang bansa? Si Pacquiao lang naman, di ba?” added Vegrafria, who also handles the showbiz, endorsements, and television commitments of the ring icon.

Pacquiao has already starred in 10 films from 2000 to 2015, most of which flopped in the box office.

His last foray, the documentary biopic Manny, which was also released internationally, received unfavorable reviews from international critics and was even rated 25% and labeled “shallow” by Rotten Tomatoes, an American film and television review aggregator.

“Manny did not volunteer for the job and he is not even spending a single centavo for this venture. Hindi siya mag-i-invest dito, talent lang talaga siya and he was asked to do the role,” said veteran showbiz talent manager Arnold Vegafria.

Vegafria bared that Pacquiao is set to be backed by an all-star cast that will include former actor and now Manila mayor Isko Moreno as Andres Bonifacio and former Laguna governor ER Ejercito as Emilio Aguinaldo.

A source bared that matinee idol Alden Richards is also being considered as Dr. Jose Rizal while other season actors like Raymond Bagatsing, Joel Torre and many others are also being considered for key roles.

No leading lady has been named for the movie to be directed by Jose “Kaka” Balagtas and produced by JMV Films and four other partners.

Vegafia told that Pacquiao will undergo a rigid acting and speech workshop, especially since the Malvar role will require a distinct Batangueno accent.

“Sasalang siya sa workshop saka hindi naman talaga Batangueno accent ang ipo- portray, tagalog lang. Saka parang magmumukhang modern yung approach,” said Vegafria.

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The producers of the movie turned to Instagram to defend their choice for the lead role.

Pacquiao is set to begin shooting in Batangas on October 18 and is expected to complete all his sequence in 15 days.

“Pero dahil may Senate commitment siya, hindi siya araw-araw shoot. Kaya malamang abutin siya ng 30 days to complete all his takes,” said Vegafria, also the manager of Bianca King, Megan Young, Ali Forbes, Baron Geisler and singer Kris Lawrence.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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