The dream project uniting comedy genre’s stalwarts Dolphy and Vic Sotto does not only intend to capitalize on its immense box-office potential.
More importantly, "Dobol Trobol" might be the key to revive the state of comedy in the local film industry what with the film’s trailer seemingly concentrated in classic punch lines and situational humor.
"It will mean something more should the movie achieve that," Vic Sotto told the Manila Bulletin in a recent interview. "Maganda nga sana kung magkakaganon kasi pure comedy naman talaga ang ino-offer ng pelikula," added the box-office king who has more recently dabbled on fantasy-comedies with his successful "Okay Ka Fairy Ko" franchise.
Vic has been working on a project with the King of Comedy for more than a year now since its inception. But he did not know what a treat he would be in when it came to shooting time. "Matagal nang plano ito, pero noong ginagawa na namin yung pelikula, sobrang na-amaze ako kasi ang dami ko pa ring napulot na mga style sa kanya [Dolphy] pagdating sa pagpapatawa."
To this, Dolphy interjected, "Eh napulot ko rin lang naman ‘yun kina Pugo at Tugo!"
The two royalties of local comedy were surprised to have noted how much similarity they have. Dolphy, who is being rallied for National Artist honors, said, "Nakikita ko ang sarili ko kay Vic. Kung paano siya bilang artista at bilang kaibigan pati na sa pakikipag-kapwa tao niya, nakikita ko talaga ang sarili ko sa kanya."
Vic returned the praises telling the media that he would be among the first to draw full support about the campaign to make Dolphy a National Artist. "Talagang mangunguna ako at susuportahan ko ‘yang kampanya para maging National Artist siya."
To this, Dolphy shared, "Kung ibigay sa akin, salamat. Kung hindi naman, okay lang. Sana makuha pa natin yun hangga’t buhay pa tayo."
The 80-year-old funnyman said he does not mind giving up the Comedy King crown for successors like Vic. "If there is one person at kung magkakaron nga din ako ng successor, si Vic na nga ‘yon."
But Vic humbly refused, "Isa lang ang Comedy King eh. Nag-iisa lang si Dolphy."
In "Dobol Trobol," humor takes full control the moment Vic and Dolphy begin repelling each other while working together for a resort. First impression had Dolphy’s character thinking that Vic is one of the guests in the hotel and serves him gracefully only to find out that Vic will take the job of his new assistant. More complications lead to comic consequences happen when Vic falls for the character of Riza Santos, who happens to be Dolphy’s balikbayan daughter in the movie.
Directed by Tony Y. Reyes, "Dobol Trobol" also stars Carmi Martin, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Ricky Davao, Dexter Doria, BJ Forbes, Epi Quizon, among others. The film opens today, Aug. 13, nationwide.
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