Vice Ganda on Derek Ramsay: "Gusto ko siyang kasama kasi pinantasyahan ko siya noon pa."


"Sobra siyang walang arte, ako yung nahihiya...Halos lahat ng eksena namin, maselan. Yung bed scene. Yung shower scene. Ako yung nahihiya. Di nawawala yung malisya sa akin," says Vice Ganda (top frame) about his Praybeyt Benjamin co-star Derek Ramsay.


Vice Ganda’s movie career is definitely on a roll. His first solo starrer Petrang Kabayo was a certified blockbuster. From playing a character cursed to become a horse, the comedian assumes the role of a gay soldier in his upcoming film, Praybeyt Benjamin.

Co-produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films, the movie also stars Derek Ramsey, Eddie Garcia, Jimmy Santos, Nikki Valdez, Kean Cipriano, Vandolph Quizon, Dennis Padilla, DJ Durano, and Malou de Guzman.


In Praybeyt Benjamin, Vice Ganda plays the role of Benjamin Santos whose family has a long tradition of serving in the military. In fact, the movie’s opening sequence traces the roots of the Santos’ military service, from the days of Lapu-lapu and the Katipunan, up to the modern times.


Conflict ensues when Lolo Benjamin (Eddie Garcia) finds out that his apo (Vice) cannot continue the tradition because he is gay.


But when Lolo Benjamin is captured by terrorists, the grandson enters the military and musters all his masculine strength to save his dear grandfather, and the rest of the war-torn country as well.

Vice Ganda was accompanied by his co-stars and director Wenn Deramas during the recent press conference of Praybeyt Benjamin.

Opening the forum was a question directed at Vice Ganda. What is his reaction when he learned that his forthcoming movie?

The comedian enthusiastically said, "Masayang-masaya ako dahil ipinagkatiwala sa akin ng Viva at Star Cinema ang pelikulang ito. Kaya sobrang pasasalamat! Masaya ako kasama ko ang mga artista sa pelikulang ito."

SENSITIVE SCENES WITH DEREK RAMSAY. One of the stars of the movie, model-actor Derek Ramsey is Vice Ganda’s long time fantasy actor.

How does it feel now that Derek is part of the movie?

Vice admitted, "Parang nakakahiya. Gusto ko siyang kasama kasi pinantasyahan ko siya noon pa.

"Sobrang generous siya sa sarili niya sa friendship. Walang kaarte-arte. Sobra siyang walang arte, ako yung nahihiya...Halos lahat ng eksena namin, maselan. Yung bed scene. Yung shower scene. Ako yung nahihiya. Di nawawala yung malisya sa akin."

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What were the difficulties you encountered during the combat scene?

The Praybeyt Benjamin lead star admitted, "Physically, mahirap po siya. Bukod po doon, parang di naman ako. Nahirapan dito. Ok yung trabaho, ang gaan-gaan. Ang saya ng grupo namin...Para kaming magbabarkada, harutan ng harutan. Yung hirap at pagod, nararamdaman namin pauwi.Kinabukasan, mahirap bumangon. Masakit sa katawan. Pero during the shooting, wala po kaming masyadong paghihirap na nararamdaman."

When asked to describe Vice Ganda as a person, Direk Wenn revealed, "Maraming di nakakaalam, mabait si Vice bilang tunay na kaibigan. Mukhang di mabait. Mukhang kontrabida. Pero bida yan sa tunay na buhay...Mayroon siyang angking kabaitan siya lang ang meron noon. Ang iba sasabihin, e, ganyan si Vice, lumaki ulo...Siguro yung trabaho ang nagbibigay ng pressure pa minsan-minsan... Mabait. Maaalalahanin.

Another question was posed to Direk Wenn: What will you do to reach the level of the movie Bulong in terms of blockbuster appeal?

Direk Wenn explained, "Pinag-usapan namin kung ano ang second movie ni Vice. Kaya it ang naisip ko. Yung peg ko sa Petrang Kabayo, parang Beauty and the Beast. This time yung Mulan, yung heroine sa China na ginawa ng Disney...ang peg ko lang ito."

"Mga Disney movies...may appeal agad yan...Babae, lalaki, bakla, tomboy, bata. Makakaasa tayo na di lang cute, pampamilya, pang kalahatan yung pelikulang susundan ni Vice."

"Tingin ko ito ang perfect na pelikulang na pangsunod doon. Bukod sa mas mahal at mas malaki, talaga namang pinaghusayan...Mas solid itong Praybeyt Benjamin bukod sa dalawa ang produksyon...Viva at Star na. Nagkasundo sila na parehong maganda ang naging pelikula."

GOLDIE HAWN SPIN-OFF? Is Praybeyt Benjamin a spin-off of Private Benjamin, the ’80s movie starring Goldie Hawn?


Direk Wenn pointed out that the movies are very much different. "Yung title lang po talaga. Nagkataon na pareho silang ’Benjamin.’ Parehong sundalo. Yung kay Goldie Hawn naman ay isang mayamang babae. Ito naman, kasarian ang issue. Ang pagmamahal sa pamilya, ang pagtanggap at pagkilala bilang ako ang central theme."

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Vice Ganda says that he felt more at ease while shooting Praybeyt Benjamin compared to this launching movie, Petrang Kabayo.

He said "Mas comportable ako dito. Mas relaxed na di tulad sa Petrang Kabayo ay pagka-restricted ang kilos, ang galaw...yung acting ko. Kung ano ang tinatrabaho ko. Mas magaan siyang panoorin. "

"Sa Praybeyt Benjamin...Mas malaya na akong magbigay ng mga requests... kung ano ang gusto kong sabihin, kung ano ang gusto kong eksena...mas bongga talaga."

Veteran actor and director Eddie Garcia who plays Benjamin Santos VII, says about the lead actor, "Si Vice ay isang ’commiserate’ na actor. Talagang lahat ng eksena gusto niyang mag-excel. Kaya involved siya...He’ll rise and he’ll go a long, long way."

Does he believe the military will accept "gays" in its ranks?

Manong Eddie replied, "Noong 1946, wala akong nakasama sa military...di tanggap. Ngayon, tanggap na. Tanggap na ngayon sa military sa U.S."

Vice Ganda was asked if there would be any "gay bashing" in the film.

The resident judge of Showtime mentioned, "Sa pelikula namin, may ’gay bashing.’ May mga eksena na niloko-loko ako ng barkada ...yung pamilya mo ipinakita ko dito sa pelikulang ito kung paano ko naisalba ang loob ng pamilya namin..."

What changes did the comedian observe in his life right now?

Vice Ganda remarked, "Marami po. Marami pong nagbago sa sarili ko. Unang-una sa pisikal. Kung anong mayroon ako. Kung ano ang naipon ko. Sa mga taong nakakakilala sa akin. Maraming taong malapit sa akin noon, nawala na rin...Sinungaling ako kung sasabihin ko na walang pinagbago. Mayroong pagbabago. May mga bagay na kailangang baguhan sa sarili ko para makatulong sa mga pagbabagong nangyari."

Callalily lead vocalist Kean Cipriano was asked if he will pursue his acting career over his band.

The Callalily front man said, "No. I’m just happy everything is doing very well. Marami akong ginagawang shows ngayon. May movies. I feel so blessed at nakakatuwa yun. Kasabay doon yung banda ko. Mas malawak na range ng tao ang maabot ko. Siyempre yung Callalily will always be my surname. It’s always gonna be me. It’s always gonna be the air that I will breathe. I will never ever trade Callalily for anything."

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"Di ko plinano [pasukin ang showbiz]. Natutuwa ako na in-invite ako...Para di rin masayang ang pangarap ng ibang tao, gagawin ko nang tama. Di ko siya ginagawa na half-hearted. "

On choosing projects to prioritize and work on, Kean disclosed, "I fully trust my manager. I trust my God. And I trust myself sa pagpili. Di lang ako nagdidesisyon niyan.Yan lang naman ang prinsipyo ko. Kung para sa amin, sa amin."

Kean described his role in the movie by saying, "Nasa parte ako ng the losers. Kami-kami nina Vice.Sinabak kami sa military ng walang kaalaman-alam. Ako si Emerson dito. Malabo ang mata...nerdy-nerdy. Parang tanga...Nadalian ako sa parang tanga pero nahirapan ako."

Vice Ganda describes Direk Wenn as "the best comedy director today."

For his part, Direk Wenn says about his working experience with Vice Ganda: "Masaya. Magaan. Masarap katrabaho si Vice" he said.

Praybeyt Benjamin hits theaters nationwide on October 26, 2011.


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