Vice Ganda believes that his 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Fantastica will be a hit in the box office.
This is the reason why Star Cinema—the film’s producer—allowed Dingdong Dantes and Richard Gutierrez to become Vice Ganda’s leading men in the movie.
According to Vice, he personally convinced Star Cinema managing director Olivia Lamasan to have Dingdong and Richard as his leading men.
Being established actors in the industry, Dingdong and Richard are both considered to be two of the highest-paid actors.
However, the It's Showtime host promised Lamasan—who is also called Inang in showbiz—that his movie will reach his projected box office gross.
Vice recalled, "Noong unang sinabi ko na Dingdong and Richard, sabi nila, 'Anak, ang mahal.'
"[Sabi ko,] 'Ibigay niyo na sa akin kasi mag-P900 million naman ito.'
Sabi ni Inang, 'Sure ka ba diyan?' Sabi ko, 'Sure, mag-P900 million.'
"Ayun, in-approve agad yung Richard at Dingdong."
Despite this declaration, Vice said he does not pressure himself regarding the movie's box-office gross or ranking in the 44th edition of the MMFF.
"Bahala na ang Diyos kung ano ang ibibigay Niya and I claim na sobra ganda ang ibibigay Niya."
Aside from this, Vice is also excited that the movies of his close friends Coco Martin and Anne Curtis will also be part of the annual movie festival.
"Ang saya kasi magkakaibigan kami, pumasok mga entries namin. Nandoon si Coco, nandoon si Anne Curtis parang ang saya ng float magkakawayan kami lahat."
Currently, Vice is conceptualizing for the new look of his character, with the help of Fantastica director Barry Gonzales.
"Kino-consider namin lagi yun, kasi ang mga bata gusto sa pelikula ko ang makulay ko na costume, yung itsura ko, yung panibago kong buhok."
Aside from Dingdong and Richard, the other cast members of Fantastica: The Princess, The Prince, and the Perya are Bela Padilla, Rufa Mae Quinto, Jaclyn Jose, as well as the love teams of Kisses Delavin and Donny Pangilinan, Loisa Andalio and Ronnie Alonte, and Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber, among others.