Jake Cuenca is Lizardo, the mortal enemy of Coco Martin’s character Flavio, in the upcoming “Ang Panday” film.
Based on the eponymous comic book character created by Carlo J. Caparas, “Ang Panday” is an official entry to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
In an article on ABS-CBN News, Jake expressed his gratitude being cast in the role.
“Nagpapasalamat na lang ako kasi hindi ako nagpagupit before I did this movie. But I’m really excited with ‘Ang Panday.’ I’m excited working with Coco at sa iba pang malalaking artista,” he said.
The character of Lizardo was originally portrayed by veteran actor Max Alvarado in the “Ang Panday” film released in 1980 starring the late Fernando Poe Jr.
Philip Salvador also played Lizardo in a film adaptation of “Ang Panday” in 2009 opposite Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.
Meanwhile, Christopher de Leon portrayed the role in the 2016 TV series “Ang Panday” alongside Richard Gutierrez as Flavio.
As the new Lizardo, Jake promises to give a new flavor to the character.
“Iibahin ko talaga…in my own way. Like I said, when I do kontrabida I really do it well. And kapag pinagsasama kami ni Coco, it’s magical, sumasabog. And it’s about time to do it in a movie tapos ‘Ang Panday’ pa,” he shared.
Jake has no qualms playing support to Coco. The two have worked together on “Ikaw Lamang” and “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.”
He also doesn’t mind portraying mostly kontrabida roles.
“I’ve always embraced being a kontrabida, what I love doing is surprising people. I become a kontrabida then I become lead then kontrabida ulit. Parang once you love me, I will make you will hate me.
Once you hate me, I will make you love me,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jake is the lead star of the 13th Cinemalaya Entry “Requited.” He also serves as one the film’s producer.
“Requited” is about an ailing biker who takes to the rail for one last adventure that pits him against nature and the woman he desires. Jake stars alongside Anna Luna.
“As a producer, siyempre iniisip mo ‘yung returns e, iniisip mo kung kikita ka. But with this particular project, I’m not really thinking of any return, I just really want to make a movie at matuloy ang project because I’m really believing in this,” he said.
Jake is also one of the cast of the triathlon TV series “Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin.”
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