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Shakespearean actor stars in Pinoy-made St. Ignatius biopic

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Andreas Muñoz as the soldier turned mystic Iñigo de Loyola (Photo: JesCom)

MADRID, Spain, July 22, 2015—A Spanish actor, who worked for the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, was chosen to play the lead role in “Ignacio: The First Jesuit”, a film on the life of Ignatius of Loyola produced by Jesuit Communications (JesCom), and shot on location in the saint’s homeland.

Thankful

“I personally want to thank everyone who is involved in this film and making this dream to happen … so I really really hope that you enjoy the film,” said Andreas Muñoz in a video message.

Born into a family of actors, the 25-year old trained at the Scottish Royal Conservatory and the Spanish Royal School for Dramatic Arts. His filmography includes the coming-of-age “Arena en los Bolsillos (Sand in the Pockets)” and “The Students of Springfield Street.”

Ignatian parallels

In 2008, he won “Best Actor” at the NoteCortes FilmFest for the Spanish movie “Paredes,” and performed with the National Theatre of Scotland. Best known by millennials for his appearance on Disney Channel Spain and Disney Channel USA, his range of acting experiences parallels aspects of St. Ignatius’ life.

Muñoz began acting at nine, débuting in the Spanish-Mexican gothic horror movie “El Espinazo del Diablo” (The Devil’s Backbone) by the legendary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro where he was cast as Santi the ghost-child. Moreover, he starred in Emilio Estevez’s “The Way,” a film that focuses on an unlikely group of travellers on a spiritual pilgrimage along Camino de Santiago.

Fighting skills

In his award-winning role in “Paredes,” Muñoz is a young student longing for the beautiful woman next door, an experience shared by worldly courtier-soldier Ignatius who had fallen for a noblewoman in his town. His part on “El Caballero Don Quijote (The Knight of Don Quijote)” honed his skills at handling 18th-century weapons, which he displayed in action scenes in Ignacio.

Directed by award-winning Paolo Dy, the movie is a full-length feature shot completely in Spain. Ignacio: the First Jesuit is expected to premiere in the Philippines in July next year.

Screening

Shooting started on June 22 and ended on July 17. The production crew expresses hope that they will be able to present the film to Pope Francis —the first Jesuit Pope—some time in March 2016.

For more information, interested parties may visit the “Ignacio” website at http://jescom.ph/IgnacioMovie or contact JesCom at (02) 4265971 to 72 and esablan@admu.edu.ph. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)


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