KRIS Bernal is being compared by some viewers to James Bond. “Para kasi siyang si Agent 007,” writes one ardent follower of her hit show, “Impostora”, on social media. “Hindi mapatay-patay. Unkillable. Invincible. Indestructible.”
And this is true. As the oppressed Nimfa, the other Kris Bernal, Rosette, has tried to kill her several times, but Nimfa always emerges alive and unscathed. The latest bad guy who makes an attempt on her life is Marc Abaya, who replaced Ryan Eigenmann as the resident villain and accomplice of Rosette.
“Siyempre, dapat laging makatakas si Nimfa sa kamatayan,” another fan writes, “kasi kapag napatay si Nimfa, di wala nang istorya. Tapos na ang ‘Impostora’.”
Kris is all set to spend her Christmas break on a short vacation in Iceland where she wants to experience the chilling wintry weather. Meantime, followers of “Impostora” have observed that Kris really has good chemistry on screen with Renz Fernandez, who plays an NBI agent helping her in her trials and tribulations.
Renz was very vocal then in saying he really courted Kris fervently when they were doing “Little Nanay”, but Kris doesn’t seem to be interested in him, so he stopped. Well, what about a Part 2 of their courtship this time, now that they’re together again in “Impostora”?
VIC ON VICE GANDA AND COCO: NOT COMPETITION
VIC Sotto is asked how he feels against his “kalabans” in the coming Metro Manila Filmfest, with his entry, the wholesome family movie “Meant to Beh”, fighting Vice Ganda’s “The Revenger Squad” and Coco Martin’s “Panday” at the box office.
“I’d like to say na hindi kalaban ang tingin ko sa kanila,” he stresses. “Magkakasabay lang kami mag-showing but I don’t look at them as mga kalaban ko, kasi iisa lang ang layunin naming lahat, ang pasayahin, aliwin ang mga manononood ngayong Kapaskuhan. Lahat kami, gusto naming maging masaya ang publiko this Christmas at mas maraming kumita, mas masaya. After all, we are all working in the same film industry at iisa lang ang film festival na ito, so we are all working in this together. I think the message we should all bear in mind is hindi mahalaga kung Kapuso ka o Kapamilya. What’s important is maging friends tayong lahat at magtulung-tulong tayo to entertain the moviegoing public.”
DIREK DAN'S LATEST MOVIE ONE OF HIS BEST
DAN Villegas is one of our most reliable young directors today. In terms of track record, most of his films are really worth watching, from his debut in “Mayohan” which won Lovi Poe the Cinemalaya best actress award, then his mainstream films starting with “English Only, Please” that won him the 2014 Metro filmfest best director award.
We’ve just seen his newest work, “All of You”, and it ranks as one of his best. Both Jennylyn Mercado and Derek Ramsay deliver solid performances, but it’s Derek who’s electrifying in their final confrontation scene by the road side where even he kneels down in front of Jen. Full review later.
Dan’s debut film, “English Only”, was followed by the 2015 filmfest hit, “Walang Forever”. Both films won acting awards for its lead stars. For Star Cinema, he did romantic films like “The Breakup Playlist”, “Always Be My Maybe” and “How to Be Yours”, all hits. How does his current filmfest entry, “All of You”, differ from the first teamup of Jen and Derek?
“”English Only’ is actually more of comedy,” he says. “Mas madrama itong ‘All of You’, mas seryoso, kasi it’s about relationships and commitment so mas realistic ang situations at hindi basta pampakilig lang. Three years na rito ang relationship nina Derek and Jen. They’re about to take it to a higher level but something happened. Derek is stiff pa in ‘English Only’, but dito, he inhabits the character totally. Si Jen, naman may gray areas 'yung character niyang may pagka-controlling and very analytical, kaya mas mahirap ang role niya kaysa sa ‘English Only’ na jologs lang siyang babaeng bakla.”
He and his GF, writer-director Antoinette Jadaone, have also been on for sometime but they also have not tied the knot yet. Is the film’s story based on their own experiences as a couple?
“Hindi naman totally based sa amin, loosely based lang. May few scenes that really happened to us. But most of it, galing sa experiences ng ibang mga taong kilala namin. Maraming makaka-relate kasi all the situations are real. Nangyari na sa buhay mo, o sa buhay ng kaibigan o kamag-anak mo. 'Yung mga pinagdaanan dito ng characters nina Derek at Jen, I’m sure, somehow, may ganung naranasan na rin ang lahat sa atin, so it’s very relatable.”
How did he feel when Jericho Rosales, who won best actor for his “Walang Forever”, was originally meant to play Derek’s role but he backed out? How did he feel about it? “Walang problema kasi may ibang movie siya na ipinasok din sa filmfest. Nagpaalam naman siya nang maayos, so we’re okay. What’s good is that we haven’t started to shoot any scene with him yet. We just had to rewrite the role para mas bumagay ang character kay Derek. Kasi si Jericho, supposed to be, singer. Si Derek, naging bar owner. When Derek came in, we realized ang daming naka-miss sa tambalan nila ni Jen in ‘English Only’. Their fans really want more of them on the big screen kasi parang nabitin daw sila. So maraming natuwa at mas lumaki pa ang movie.”
Are they expecting to duplicate the success of “English Only”, which is a big critical and box office success? “A lot of people expect na ganun nga ang mangyari. All I can say is that mas magaling dito sina Jen at Derek kaysa sa ‘English Only’ for which they won before, so I’m sure malakas ang laban nila sa awards night. And since the movie is something na lahat, makaka-relate, sana mas maging tagumpay rin ito sa box office at lahat ng nakapanood, irekomenda sa friends and relatives nila. Maraming salamat kung mananalo uli kami ng awards, pero mas masaya if more people would watch and enjoy it para maging isa kami sa topgrossers.”