Angelica Panganiban never planned to be a comedian

Angelica Panganiban reveals she almost passed on her role in 'Here Comes The Bride'

BY ABS-CBN CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS

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6/9/2010 8:30 AM
Angelica Panganiban never planned to be a comedian


Angelica Panganiban expressed her overwhelming gratitude to those who went to see her film Here Comes The Bride, which on its third week of showing nationwide already reached the 120 million-peso mark. “Hindi namin expected na magiging bonggang bonggang hit ‘yung movie. Aabot siya ng 120 million. Sobra kaming thankful at happy. Salamat sa lahat ng nanood, at nagkalat na sobrang nakakatawa ‘yung pelikula.”

Viewers and critics praised Angelica for her comedic performance in the movie which many described as at par with her co-star and seasoned comedian Eugene Domingo. Looking back, Angelica confessed that she never really wanted to do the role in Here Comes The Bride. “January nung inoffer sa akin ‘yung movie. E kakatapos ko lang ng I Love You, Goodbye so parang gusto ko munang magpahinga kasi gagawin ko pa ‘yung Rubi. Four times a week na akong nagtatrabaho nun. Kung tatanggapin ko ‘yung movie, mawawalan na ako ng pahinga.”

Back then she thought that Toni Gonzaga could do a better job with the role. “Nagsabi akong kung pwede kay Toni na lang. Tutal, kapag pinapanood ko naman siya talagang ‘have’ na ‘have’ siya sa comedy.” But Star Cinema Managing Director Malou Santos strongly believed that Angelica was the only actress who could give justice to the role. “Bumaba pa talaga si Ms. Malou sa taping ko ng Banana Split para personally ibigay ‘yung script. Sabi niya na para sa akin talaga ‘yung role, na kayang kaya ko nang mag-comedy sa movie. Sabi ko babasahin ko muna ‘yung script. Wala talaga sa isip kong tatanggapin ko ‘yung movie.”

Only when the actress read the script of Here Comes The Bride did she agree to do the project. She felt excited that she would get to play a woman possessed by the soul of a gay man. “Kilala naman siguro ako ng mga taong malalapit sa akin na ang mga kaibigan ko halos bakla o lalaki. Sobrang konti ng mga kaibigan kong babae kaya mas madali sa akin maging bakla kesa maging prim and proper na babae. Ang challenge talaga sa akin sa movie na ito e ‘yung maging sweet ako sa simula ng story. ‘Yung pagiging bakla never akong napagod.”

With the box office success of Here Comes The Bride, there are already talks that a sequel is now being planned. Although nothing is certain at this time, Angelica had said that she is prepared to sign up for the part two. “Sana matuloy. Kami lahat willing naman gumawa ng part two. Excited akong makatrabaho uli ‘yung same production at cast.”

But if she can have it her way, Angelica doesn’t want to do another comedy movie very soon. Aside from her hilarious Kris Aquino impersonation on Banana Split, she wants to do something else other than comedy. “Ayoko namang magsawa ‘yung mga tao sa comedy ko. Siguro kaya nagkakagusto sa akin ‘yung mga tao e dahil nakikita nilang iba iba ‘yung ginagawa ko. Sa susunod kong gagawin gusto ko iba naman.”