Moving people to tears and making girls swoon are things Jericho Rosales does easily. But can he tickle funny bone?
Fans will find out in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough” where the actor stars opposite the awarded Eugene Domingo.
If you will take director Marlon Rivera’s word for it, then, yes, and as always, Jericho delivers the goods.
“Pasok na pasok,” he said. “Si Echo noong hiningi ’yung comedy, binigay.”
Jericho downplayed the praise, saying he can only be grateful working with both whom he respects and idolizes.
“Si Direk and si Eugene, I think they’re game changers,” he said. “’Yung intellect nilang dalawa is what I enjoyed the most while working on the film.”
Jericho considers it a blessing to have been given the chance to showcase his funny side in this film.
“Pangarap ko itong gawin,” he said. “’Di ba puro drama (ako) so this time around, I got to explore the other side. I think it’s nice lalo na it came at a time na madami akong saloobin at nailabas ko ’yun sa trabaho.”
The actor didn’t have a hard time delivering punchlines at all.
“’Yung script kasi maganda talaga. Intellectual pero ang dali mo matatawa kasi swak talaga siya. So, it wasn’t hard. I actually had fun,” he said.
All about chemistry
Marlon commends the chemistry between Echo and Eugene, jesting, “Gumanda si Uge. I think ’yun din ’yung sikreto ng mga leading man. Si Uge, mukhang poodle doon, pero dahil sa trato ni Echo nagmukha siyang tao.”
Marlon is also satisfied with the performance of Kean Cipriano and Joel Torre in “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2.” He hopes the MMFF juries will “recognize” this come awards night.
“I can’t ask for a better set of actors. Sana mabigyan sila. I think all my actors deserve to be recognized, was how he put it.
While the first movie was a satire on the indie film industry, the sequel parodies the romantic-comedy genre.
To those who might think the film is high brow, writer Chris Martinez insisted, “Hindi po mataas, promise. Matino pero hindi mataas. Try niyo lang kasi nakakatawa talaga.”
“Marlon Rivera did a fantastic job. The cast members were all game. Hindi sila nagpapatawa, nakakatawa sila. Uuwi ka ng parang hindi nalugi or nainsulto. Na-challenge ka din ng konti pero hindi naman siya sobrang lalim,” he added.
Jericho said, “Hindi duduguin ang ilong mo dito. Pwede mo din dalhin ’yung mga linya sa bahay niyo at sa mga tropa mo.”
Marlon, who also directed “Enteng Kabisote 10 And The Abangers,” explained how he approached the two films.
“Magka-iba ’yung estilo kasi magka-iba ’yung materyales. Iba ’yung hinihingi ng ‘Septic Tank,’ iba ’yung hinihingi ng ‘Enteng.’ So, dahil magkaiba ’yung condition for each, iba din ’yung nangyari,” he said.
“Napaka-visual ng pagkagawa nitong ‘Septic Tank’ eh. May mga hugot, may mga kantahan, may mga punchline. Hindi siya malalim pero matino,” the director added.
“Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2” also stars Khalil Ramos, Cai Cortez, Agot Isidro, and Ricci Chan. The movie opens in theaters on Dec. 25. (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)
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