Vice Ganda couldn’t be any happier that he’s back on the Metro Manila Film Festival scene after failing to have an entry in last year’s season.
The Box Office star joins forces with young Box Office King Daniel Padilla and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach in Gandarappido: The Revenger Squad by director Joyce Bernal.
“Of course na-miss tsaka na-sad kami last year na di kami kasali. Tapos yung fans na rin ng Vice Ganda Christmas movies, na-sad rin sila na hindi kasama sa Metro Manila Film Festival,” said Vice in an interview during his solo blogger’s conference for the superhero flick.
“Pero masaya lang rin kami kasi last year naipalabas ng mas mahaba ang pelikula namin kaya siyempre mas marami ang nakanood. Pero siyempre iba kapag film fest entry ka,” he explained. “Parang pride rin namin yun, nung production at ng artista. Kaya ngayon happy ulit kami.”
Despite what happened last year, Vice assured fans that they would continue submitting an entry to the MMFF committee every year.
“Nasa sa kanila naman yun kung papasukin kami or hindi. We wish and we pray na sana tanggapin kami,” he said.
Did they have to change the “vibe” of their movie this year in order for it to be part of the eight official full-length entries?
“Yung vibe ng movie ko isa lang naman, fun lang naman, feel good, good vibes. Wala kaming binago. The usual masayang masaya lang at makulay,” he claimed.
The It’s Showtime host is well aware that there’s a certain level of subjectivity among the MMFF jury, who happens to be different every year.
“Hindi mo alam kasi iba-iba ang taste ng tao. So, maaaring iba ang taste nila last year, iba ang taste nila ngayon. So, ngayon sa taste ng bagong jury pasado yung material namin kaya pumasok kami,” said Vice.
Quite interestingly though, Vice admitted that he was really nervous as to who would make this year’s MMFF lineup.
“Noong araw na yun na i-a-announce na, eh live kami sa It’s Showtime, yung tingin ako ng tingin sa Twitter. Ano ba yan naabala ako, hindi ako ma-brief ng maayos kasi may inaabangan ako sa Twitter. Nakaka-tense, parang announcement ng semi-finals ng Miss Universe ganon,” he said with a laugh.
For what it’s worth, Vice is very glad that they made the cut. As to their film’s potential box office standing, Vice had this to say. “Ako niloloko ko sila lagi P1 billion. Kasi powerful ang words eh, malay mo ibigay. Eh di kung hindi, eh di thank you pa rin. May ibibigay pa rin naman kahit paano. Wala namang masama dun, lagi nalang tayong mag-claim ng maganda at positive,” he ended.
Catch the official MMFF 2017 entry Gandarappido: The Revenger Squad starring Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla, and Pia Wurtzbach in cinemas nationwide starting December 25.