After headlining Vivamax films like 69+1, Mang Jose, and Sanggano, Sanggago’t Sanggwapo 2 as well as being part of Viva’s Metro Manila Film Festival entry A Hard Night, Janno Gibbs revealed he now has plans to start directing his own films.
“Nasabi ko na kay boss Vic (Del Rosario of Viva Films) at sa ibang mga bosses yung nailahad ko yung hangarin ko mag-direct next year for Vivamax. So sana, nag-pi-pitch na ako for Vivamax. Siyempre comedy rin. I think parang kulang tayo sa comedy directors ngayon kasi from my experience, lahat ng mga comedy directors na nag-di-direct sa amin nun nila Andrew E eh wala na lahat. Ang nag-di-direct na lang sa amin ngayon si direk Al Tantay pagdating sa straight comedy. So I want to help the comedy genre para maituloy naman namin,” he explained.
The veteran comedian, whose digital films became Viva’s Christmas and New Year’s day offerings, said Mang Jose is actually a dream come true as it brings together his former love team partner Manilyn Reynes and real-wife wife Bing Loyzaga together onscreen for the first time.
“Yes dream project ito. Ako yung nag-request talaga for the two to be together in this movie. Now is the perfect time to do it. Kung noon namin ito ginawa medyo mahirap (laughs). I think more than anything, kaming tatlo individually we respect each other regardless of whatever happened (in the past),” he shared.
When asked why it took so long for him to work on a project with his wife of more than 30 years, Janno said it was just a matter of the right script.
“Generally I think it’s because magkaiba kami ng mundo ni Bing. Mostly she’s in drama series, ako naman sa comedy so medyo mahirap pagsamahin yung mundo namin. But for this one, actually I requested for both Manilyn and Bing to be with me. Kumbaga baby ko itong project na ‘to so I wanted this to be the first time me, Bing, and Manilyn would, share the screen together,” he explained.
Regarding the influx of more projects featuring ‘90s stars like him, Bing, and Manilyn, Janno, the actor said that people should welcome the throwback trend.
“Ang tingin ko kasi diyan, bawat henerasyon merong throwback na love team or artista. Like halimbawa nung panahon namin, ang throwback noon, matutuwa ka pag napanuod mo ulit si Sharon (Cuneta) at si Gabby (Concepcion), parang ganun nung panahon namin. So bawat henerasyon may throwback. So in this generation, kami na yung throwback,” he added.
Watch Janno Gibbs in Mang Jose and Sanggano, Sanggago’t Sanggwapo 2 on Vivamax.