MANILA, Philippines -- For his next big screen outing, Kapamilya leading man Sam Milby will take on his "most deglamorized" role yet.
Sam Milby takes on the "deglamorized" role of an American soldier in "Death March."
"Ito ang [role ko na] pinaka-deglamorized, I guess would be the term to use," Milby told ABS-CBN News at the sidelines of the filming of "Death March."
"Ito talaga ang gusto ko, parang ganito, kailangan mukhang walang pakialam talaga sa itsura, kasi person of war. Kailangan haggard, kailangan pangit. Pati 'yung ngipin ko talagang [madumi] eh," Milby enthused.
Directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr., "Death March" was among the films vying for a slot in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). The historical drama, however, failed to make the cut, along with other independent films such as Brillante Mendoza's "Thy Womb."
Also starring actors Zanjoe Marudo, Ejay Falcon, and Carlo Aquino, "Death March" tells the story of its namesake -- the forcible transfer of 76,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war by the Japanese Army in 1942.
Born in Ohio in the United States, Milby said he is particularly happy to have taken up "Death March" so he could learn more about the history of the Philippines.
"Wala rin ako masyadong alam sa Philippine history, so I'm glad I was able to do this movie. Not only to be a part of this movie na ibang-iba, but also I get to learn about the history of the Philippines, 'yung dinaanan namin, dinaanan ng mga Pilipino nung World War II, and the American soldiers also," he said.
"You really have to internalize 'yung mga pinagdaanan nila, walang pagkain, sobrang pagod sa lakad, everything that they went through, all the deaths around them, lahat-lahat. So it takes a lot of work to internalize the character," Milby added.
Taking inspiration from "films in the 1920s," "Death March" is entirely shot in a studio against a backdrop, according to Alix.
With filming having started in August, the independent film is expected for a release later this year.