Vice Ganda on MMFF entry: This is not just a comedy movie

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Friday, December 6, 2013

COMEDIAN Vice Ganda is certain that his upcoming flick "Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy" will cater to all ages and the whole family.

One of the official entries in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), the film centers on the story of a quadruplets, all played by Vice, separated from each other as babies.

Vice Ganda stars in MMFF entry "Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy" produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films.

Two of the siblings grew up with their father (Joey Marquez) in the United States while the remaining two were left behind under the care of their mother, played by Diamond Star Maricel Soriano.

During the press launch of the film, Vice said this is his most difficult movie to date. For his girl character alone, it took him six hours to prep every taping day. There was also one scene where he was required to shoot for eight straight hours.

The comedian added that doing the 'tomboy' character is the most challenging one as he sometimes mistaken it for the 'boy' role. He shared hosting "That's My Tomboy" segment in "It's Showtime" helped him adapt their usual nuances.

"Naiyak na ako, napikon na nga ako dito. Physically kasi nakakapagod siya. Iniisip ko pa lang siya bago gawin yung pelikula, parang okay pa. Pero sobrang lala ng kapaguran na ginawa ko. Mahirap talaga siya," he said.

When asked about the fun part of doing four-character roles in the project, Vice said he gets to do a "girl" role. The comedian even disclosed that he thought of having breast implants just to give variation on the female character.

But kidding aside, Vice shared the film is a close reflection of his gay life. He clarified that this is not just pure comedy.

"Hindi ito puro kabaklaan at pagpapatawa ng walang kapapararakan. Ang istoryang ito ay tumatalakay sa pagmamahal ng bawat miyembro ng pamilya. Kung hanggang saan ang kayang isakripisyo, kung gaano kalaki ang pagmamahal ng ina sa anak," he said.

Wenn Deramas, the same director who helmed his prior projects "Petrang Kabayo," "The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin" and "Sisterakas," said this is the best Vice Ganda he's even seen on the big screen.

Deramas lauds the actor's wit, timing for comedy and performance in the movie.

"Napanood na natin si Vice sa lahat ng pelikula na bakla siya, pero dito ultimo 'yun iniba niya. Ako, pag pinapanood ko yan, sinisekreto ko na lang sa kanila (staff na sabihin) ang galing ni Vice no. Nakakabilib."

Vice, who was silently listening while Deramas was speaking, said it's his first time to hear such praises from the director, and continued: "Matipid kasi yan sa papuri."

He's happy that he was able to deliver what's expected of him.

"Just like last year, in-enjoy ko lang yung pelikula. Happy ako sa produkto and excited ako na ipalabas. Parang regular lang talaga, walang kumpetisyon."

"Confident ako kasi same team kami nung gumagawa ng ibang pelikula ko. Yung tiwala ko ay 100% ko na binigay ko sa kanila and sila din naman ganun din sa akin."

Vice didn't zero in the fact that there's pressure to gain box-office success, especially when his last MMFF entry "Sisterakas" with Ai-Ai delas Alas and Kris Aquino holds the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time.

"May pressure pero hindi ko ini-entertain kasi hindi ko magagawa ng maayos yung trabaho ko. Meron akong high hopes na mag number 1 ito and kini-claim ko na mag number 1 ito kasi wala namang mawawala sa akin at wala naman akong inaapakang tao. Baka pag narinig ng Diyos, baka ibigay niya sa akin."

Asked if he had recently talked to his 'asawa' Kris, Vice shared he visited the latter and her son James "Bimby" Yap Jr. on the set of their MMFF movie and disclosed their funny banter.

"Wala talagang competisyon, walang ganun sa amin. Walang pustahan pero sinasabi ko sa kanya na 'Congrats number 2 ka ha'. Ang reaksyon niya? 'I hate you, I hate you. Tie na lang tayo'. Sabi ko 'imposible, walang tie diyan no."

But Vice claimed that this year will be his year again.

"Mahal kasi ako ng tao kaya malakas din yung loob ko, kaya di rin ako natatakot. Hindi ko mine-menos yung ibang pelikula pero ako, sa pelikula ko, number 1 ako." (Sunnex)


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