Like Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Thailand's Sombat Metanee and other politicians, Estrada got his start in film, starring in more than 100 B-movies and action films from the 1950s to the 1980s.
He often played heroes of the downtrodden classes, which gained him the admiration of a lot of the nation's many unschooled and impoverished citizens. This later proved advantageous to his political career.
He says his comeback will be "in the movies only". Agence France-Presse has more:
I was in jail for six years, I don't have money anymore," the former movie action star president and self-confessed womaniser said.
"People are already suffering and crying, we don't need to make them cry some more in a dramatic movie," he said, explaining his choice of a comedy for his comeback.
For more on old-timey Filipino cinema, check out Video 48 and FPJ (solely devoted to another Filipino actor-turned-politician, Fernando Poe, Jr.)