Enrique Gil opened up about the challenges they faced while shooting ABS-CBN's upcoming fantaserye Bagani.
"Yung fight scenes, we were shooting in Ilocos. Pag nakikipaglaban, kailangan flexed [ang muscles]. Ang hirap, ah!"
The actor talked about his new project during his press conference for Samsung held last February 13 in Taguig.
"Sa Ilocos, ang init tapos naka-sandals lang kami, yung buhangin mainit.
"Pag nuhuhulog kami, napakainit, sobra. Napapaso kami sa buhangin.
"Saka pag tumatakbo ka sa buhangin tapos naka-sandals, mas mahirap gumalaw.
"But it was so fun!"
In the trailer of Bagani, Enrique is seen playing a character named Lakas who ends up training Liza Soberano and her fellow tribe members.
His LizQuen partner, Liza, is cast as Ganda in this fantasy series.
"Magsisimula ang story na slave lang ako sa tribo namin. Doon ako magsisimula, hanggang sa makita niyo ang journey, hanggang sa maging Bagani si Lakas," said the Kapamilya actor.
There have been those comparing Bagani to GMA-7's Encantadia, which aired its requel (remake + sequel) from July 18, 2016 - May 19, 2017.
GMA consultant Suzette Doctolero, the creator of Encantadia, described Bagani as "pang circus ang costume."
The Headwriter for ABS-CBN Star Creatives, Mark Duane Angos, responded by reminding people of Suzette's show, Alyas Robin Hood, that was accused of copying the Hollywood series Arrow.
How does Enrique feel about people comparing Bagani with other epic teleseryes?
Enrique reacted by saying:
"In comparison to other epic teleseryes, they're epic for a reason.
"We're just doing what they want to do: tell a good and great story, an epic story for people
"That's what we really want."
Enrique then stressed: "Wala kaming ginagaya. It's very original.
"It's something new and something very, very close to our hearts."
He disclosed that ABS-CBN has been working on this project for a long time already.
"This is actually five years in the making. Last year lang kami nagsimula. Matagal na po talaga siyang plano pero ngayon lang na-execute.
"We transferred a lot of the sets to Bulacan. But we still shoot in Bataan and Subic.
"Malalaki po ang sets na ginagawa."
Enrique admits that he is more comfortable doing rom-com projects since he has been doing them for a long time already.
"Yung mga linya namin, mahirap. Makatang Tagalog.
"May ibang words na hindi pwede gamitin. Hindi mo pwede sabihin yung mga words tulad ng 'teka.'"
The actor recalled shooting dangerous stunts for this upcoming series that also stars Matteo Guidicelli, Sofia Andres, Makisig Morales, and Diether Ocampo.
"Marami, yung mga harness scenes, yung mga fire effects, bigla na lang [sumasabog] sa likod namin. It's fun.
"Yung ibang grupo, may nahuhulog mula sa scaffolding. Ako marami rin akong injury."
The trailer of Bagani indicated that this fantasy series will air its pilot episode this March.
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that La Luna Sangre is now down to its last three weeks.