From his portrayals of legendary characters like the Panday, to the brooding, gunslinging swagger of the Lo Waist Gang, to the explosive carnage that follows any Probinsyano fight scene, Fernando Poe Jr. has played it all with great aplomb. Through his films, he takes his audience on a thrilling journey where justice always triumphs over evil and karmic retribution is swiftly meted out to those who deserve it. His success in resonating with his audience with such roles made FPJ unequivocally the archetype for all the dark and brooding cinematic heroes who would come after him.
It's of no surprise, therefore, that 13 years after his death, the King of Philippine Movies is still considered by many to be the ultimate paragon of manhood and a badass for the ages. While there will only be one FPJ, we can examine today's current roster of stars to see who is fitting to take up the reins that the Legend left in his wake.
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