In film, every hero needs a villain. For the King of Philippine Cinema, Fernando Poe Jr, there is no better one than Eddie Garcia, an equal titan in the industry. Few performances have given us a better look at villainy than Eddie. With almost 600 roles spanning a seven-decade illustrious career, his contribution to the industry has been incomparable. Yet, it is when he plays the antagonist that his thespian skills are truly demonstrated.
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In a sea of almost superficial, one-dimensional portrayals of villains in Filipino movies, Eddie gave Filipino audiences a more nuanced view of evil. While most great contrabidas are defined by the evilness of their actions, he added an elegantly menacing flair that made his characters more sinister, giving birth to some of the most memorable villains of Philippine cinema. From the sophisticated malevolence of Judge Valderama in the trilogy Kapag Puno na Ang Salop, to the arrogant bravado of the Major in Batas Sa Aking Kamay, to the flinty resolve of Captain Rios in Muslim .357, his well fleshed out characterizations provided a formidable foe to FPJ’s hero and anti-heroes that the Filipino audiences would love to hate for years to come.
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