As the stars of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino film entry Bar Boys, Rocco Nacino and Enzo Pineda said they are happy to bring back the age of barkada-themed films. “Talagang pinagmamalaki ko itong pelikulang ito dahil ngayon lang ulit nabuhay ang barkada films and sa Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino we have a lot of genres. There’s heavy drama, there’s action, there’s thrillers and we have what we offer a really, really feel-good film at nakaka-relax. Sometimes you need something that makes you feel good when you watch movies. Hindi laging mabibigat. So sa tingin ko ang leverage namin dito ay lalabas ka ng sinehan na nakangiti at nakatawa,” Rocco shared during the Bar Boys premiere held last August 12 in Ortigas.
The film which revolves around the lives of a group of friends who enter law school actually took writer and director Kip Oebanda two years to finish. “It brings back a lot of memories kasi two years in the making ito eh so makikita niyo na iba talaga yung itsura namin dito and we look like fresh students going through law school talaga. The experience of doing this film was actually very different for me lalo na kapag ensemble cast tapos lahat kami may different objectives. Maganda yung pag-atake ni direk Kip (Oebanda) dito. It brought out a different side of me and Enzo (Pineda),” Rocco explained.
Enzo, who plays top honor student Chris in the film, said Bar Boys is not out to compete with the usual romantic comedies or dramatic movies which are popular in showbiz. “I think it’s something different compared to the recent movies that we’ve been watching. It’s a barkada film and sobrang tagal na hindi na gumagawa ng mga pelikulang ganito. It’s something very relatable lalo na sa mga students and also to everybody. So dapat talaga siyang abangan because it’s very unique, very relatable, and at the same time it shows a different side naman of Philippine cinema. I think as an actor the challenge was learning how to be a law student. Kasi it’s really a big shoe to fill so for me and Rocco we really had to study our role and it’s actually a fun movie kasi sobrang iba yung atake ni direk Kip and we just really had fun doing it and ang laki ng experience and knowledge na nakuha namin dito,” Enzo shared.
Both of the lead actors revealed that they were able to inject a lot of adlibs in the film along with their co-stars Carlo Aquino and Kean Cipriano. They were also able to learn a lot during the filming process. “First time ko gumawa ng pelikula na nakakatawa. Ngayon lang ako umalis sa comfort zone ko at umatake ng ibang klaseng character. Kakaiba yung field na tinackle namin ngayon, sa mga law students. Kasi I’m always the guy who lets things go, alam mo yun? Sige hayaan na lang natin. Pero alam niyo after this film kapag I want to make a point now I really make it happen. Talagang i-po-prove ko yung point ko, pakinggan niyo yung side ko. May nakuha ako from this film. Ako kasi nurse ako eh so naranasan ko rin kaya naka-relate ako sa film na ito. But I think I’ll stick to the medical side kasi grabe ang hirap maging lawyer (laughs). While doing the film, yung pagbasa nila ng mga codes. We had a glimpse of what they read, hindi biro eh. Ibang klase, mahirap,” Rocco said.