My Illegal Wife

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My Illegal Wife
My Illegal Wife.jpg
My Illegal Wife theatrical movie poster
Directed by Tony Y. Reyes
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release date
  • June 11, 2014 (2014-06-11)
Country Philippines
Language Filipino, English
Box office P80,000,000+[2]

My Illegal Wife is a 2014 Filipino comedy drama spoof film directed by Tony Y. Reyes starring Pokwang and Zanjoe Marudo. The film, produced by Skylight Films and distributed by Star Cinema officially premiered in the Philippines on June 11, 2014.


Main cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]

The Bullies[edit]


Casting and Development[edit]

On May 16, 2014, Star Cinema released news through their website about their next film, topbilled by Marudo and Pokwang with the title: "Coming soon: ‘My Illegal Wife’" and accompanied by a spoof image of ABS-CBN's The Legal Wife primetime series.[3] They first introduced the cast, including Zanjoe Marudo, Pokwang, and Ellen Adarna as well as the storyline.[4] The film, which started shooting on April 7,[5] is their second film together after Cinco in 2010. In that case, both wanted to do more scenes that will show their improvement as a team, particularly having bed and love scenes on-screen.[6][7]

The director noted that Marudo can be the next Vic Sotto, who is the "Prince of Comedy", as the director can see his skills on becoming like one. Coincidentally, Marudo is a fan of Sotto.[8]


The team had a story reference on March 28 under Skylight Films. During the reference, Pokwang promises that their team-up will bring laughter and kilig.[9] One month when their first shoot on April 7 started, both the main actors excitedly posted exclusive sneak peeks on their Instagram accounts.[5] In the same way, entertainment writer Mell Navarro posted a behind-the-scene photo of one of Pokwang and Marudo's scenes through his Facebook account on May 9.[10]

On May 30, the full trailer of the film was uploaded in YouTube.[11] The team, then, attended their grand press conference on June 2 at 11 a.m., accompanied by a livestream.[12] In addition, the Marudo and Pokwang have had guestings in ABS-CBN to promote their upcoming film, including The Buzz, Gandang Gabi Vice, and ASAP, wherein they had a dance production number on the latter.[13]


There are numerous television and movies that the film used to spoof. In fact, their title is a spoof of ABS-CBN's The Legal Wife primetime series.[3] Note that only the title is spoofed, not the storyline.[14] Other sources parodied include:


  1. ^ "My Illegal Wife". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "Coming soon: ‘My Illegal Wife’". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  4. ^ "Pokwang and Zanjoe Marudo in ‘My Illegal Wife’". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  5. ^ a b "Pokwang and Zanjoe Marudo’s first shooting day: Laughtrip success!". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  6. ^ "Roar in laughter with ‘My Illegal Wife’". Philstar. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  7. ^ "Zanjoe says 'yes' to numerous bed scenes with Pokwang". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  8. ^ "Director dubs Zanjoe Marudo as the "young Vic Sotto"". Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  9. ^ "Pokwang: ‘Mas kikiligin kayo sa amin ni Zanjoe ngayon’". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  10. ^ "Pokwang says ‘I love you’ to Zanjoe Marudo". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  11. ^ "My Illegal Wife Full Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  12. ^ "Catch the live streaming press conference of “My Illegal Wife” later!". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  13. ^ "Pokwang to Toni Gonzaga: ‘Magkano ang 'Starting Over Again?' P400 M? Kami P400 M first day’". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  14. ^ "Zanjoe Marudo says ‘My Illegal Wife’ is not just a comedy film". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  15. ^ "Got To Believe in Pokwang, Zanjoe". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  16. ^ "The Amazing 'Illegal Wife' Pokwang". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  17. ^ a b "Catch the premiere night of ‘My Illegal Wife’". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  18. ^ "WATCH: Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga insist: 'We are the legal Marco and Genie'". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2014-06-10.

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