Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 13.50.24Incredibly, Jake Macapagal initially thought he would only be involved on the production side of Metro Manila. Indeed, when he was first contacted, he felt the filmmakers needed help being connected to the ‘indie’ industry. In the actor’s own words, “I asked for the character breakdown of Oscar and thought, I know the type he is looking for… Not me.” Yet, one meeting was all it took for director Sean Ellis to cast his lead.

It proved to be an inspired decision; Macapagal’s earnest performance as Oscar, a family man who is slowly driven to desperate measures, is easily the main draw of Metro Manila. In the interview, Jake discusses what it was like working with his fellow cast members John Acrilla and Althea Vega, as well as the process of adapting the English script to Tagalog.

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Metro Manila is out in UK cinemas on 20 September, and our review can be read here.

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