Film and TV director Wenn Deramas considers the death of two directors recently as a reminder for him to take care of his health. Directors Gilbert "Manong" Perez died on July 16 and Abbo dela Cruz, last July 22. Both of them succumbed to a heart attack.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to talk with Direk Wenn while he was taping scenes of Dyosa at the Trinoma Mall in Quezon City last Monday, July 28.
According to Direk Wenn, he is thinking about becoming a business-unit head instead of being a full-time director. Until then, Direk Wenn will continue doing what he does best: entertain viewers with his own brand of comedy and drama.
Aside from megging the upcoming fantaserye of ABS-CBN,
Direk Wenn is also busy taping for the 2008 Metro Manila Film Fest entry Ang
Tanging Ina Ninyong Lahat starring Ai-Ai delas Alas.
"Sa Coconut Palace kami nagsu-shoot, kunwari Malacañang. Hindi kasi puwede mag-shoot sa loob ng Malacañang mismo, bawal. Meron din kaming locations sa Malolos, Bulacan; meron sa Makati; meron kaming Intramuros."
Since Ai-Ai will be portraying a president of the country, will the story be tackling political issues?
"Ang ginawa kasi namin, mas pinili namin na ‘wag mag-touch sa political [issues]. Gumawa kami ng mga sariling problema na magiging problema ni Ai-Ai [character] sakaling maging president siya. Hindi kami nakisakay sa...although mata-tackle niya yung problema sa bigas, sa traffic, etc. Gumawa kami ng ibang klaseng problema, pero kahit sino naman president naging problema niya rin yun."
Direk Wenn narrated that he wanted to do a political joke about President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo but he was prevented by Star Cinema from including it in the script.
"I have a very very good joke sana, iniwas talaga ng Star Cinema ang PGMA joke. May kausap si Ai-Ai sa cell phone tapos sasabihin niya, ‘Hello Garci, pumunta ka na dito.' Nagre-react yung Cabinet members niya pero si Gwen Garci pala yung papasok. Sayang, nakakatawa sana," he says, a bit regretfully.
Does he feel limited by these rules that might hamper his creativity?
"Hindi naman, kasi okay naman sa ‘kin yung gumawa kami ng sarili naming problema. Iniisip ko rin baka by that time [MMFF], almost 2009 na, baka luma na. Dun kami as bago, puro kabaliwan na naman siyempre. Sana ano lang, ‘wag seryosohin masyado."
Will this be the last of the Tanging Ina movies starring Ai-Ai?
"Oo, pero meron pa kong mga concept tulad ng Ang Santang Ina, parang spoof ng Himala ni Nora Aunor. Meron ding Cooking ng Ina Mo, concept naman ito ni Tita Malou [Santos, managing director of Star Cinema]. Marami pa talagang titles," says Direk Wenn.