Vic Sotto and Comedy King Dolphy regard each other with mutual love and admiration

by Elyas Isabelo Salanga
Aug 12, 2008
"Matagal na akong nag-aaral ng style, e, saka mga karakter na ginagampanan niya. Kung tutuusin, marami akong characters na pinatern sa mga characters niya noong araw, e," says Vic Sotto (left) about getting tips from Dolphy (right).

Comedy King Dolphy and Box-office King Vic Sotto sat down for an interview with Startalk last August 9 to talk about their upcoming film Dobol Trobol,—which will open tomorrow, August 13—their sentiments on Joey de Leon's controversial issues, and the special people who inspire them.

There's talk going around that people are already clamoring for a sequel to Dobol Trobol even though the film has yet to hit theaters. What is their reaction to this?

"Sana nga," Vic said to Startalk co-host Butch Francisco. "Gusto kong maulit ang experience ko kay Pidol. Yung trabaho namin parang nagsaya lang kami, e."

"Hindi mo mararamdaman na tapos na," agreed Dolphy.

"Ganoon kasaya ang pagtratrabaho namin," affirmed Vic. "Ganoon ang shooting namin, e."

Since this the first time the two great comedians team up for a movie, what exactly did they discover about one another?

"Totoo pala ang chismis tungkol sa kanya," Vic said. As Dolphy's eyes perked up, Vic continued by saying, "Mabait, galante, at mahusay makisama sa kapwa. Magaling magpatawa, at magandang lalaki!"

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After laughing, Dolphy proceeded to say his piece on the observation of his co-star. He said, "Noong magkasama kami, at alam ko na rin yung tinutulungan niya ibang kaibigan ko din, at tinutulungan ko ay tinutulungan din niya—ako, okay na okay sa akin na magkakaroon ng sequel."

In the art of making people laugh, did Vic and Dolphy exchange lessons?

"Matagal na akong nag-aaral ng style, e, saka mga karakter na ginagampanan niya," Vic said of Dolphy. "Kung tutuusin, marami akong characters na pinatern sa mga characters niya noong araw, e."

PATCHING THINGS UP FOR FRIENDS' SAKE. Even outside of work, Vic and Dolphy seem to cross paths, with Joey de Leon and Willie Revillame, as bridge. Recently, Dolphy asked Willie on when the latter was going to make up with Joey.People may remember that Joey and Willie had verbal tussle on TV concerning a Wowowee incident.

"Oo, sabi nga niya [Willie] na ayusin ko daw," Dolphy said. "Sabi ko, ‘Sige, kakausapin ko si Joey.' So, sabi niya na gusto na niya makipagtuos kay Joey."

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"Sana maayos na din," Vic agreed. Then he quipped, "May bagong kaaway si Pare [Joey], e.

"Alam ko na kung sino," Dolphy said in between laughs. "Nababasa ko din!"

THE WOMEN. Dolphy's autobiography entitled Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-isa showed content from writer Bibeth Orteza saying that Dolphy, when it comes to women, has already gone through A to Z. However, Vic Sotto was close at his heels.

"Yun talaga, e," Dolphy laughed. "A, e, 'tapos Z ang last ko, si Zsa Zsa [Padilla], so A to Z."

In Dolphy's case, before he reached Z for Zsa Zsa, there was an A for Alma Moreno. A controversial issue went out about Alma refusing to be interviewed for Dolphy's book, a thing that Dolphy respects.

"Wala naman controversy, e," Dolphy said. "Diyaryo lang at media lang nagpapalaki noon. Kami ni Vandolph nag-usap. Hindi pa kami nag-usap ni Ness, actually."

So what is Dolphy's message to Alma?

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"Kay Ness, basta tayo magkaibigan tayo alang-alang kay Vandolph. Huwag na natin itong halukayin pa kung ano ang pinag-awayan natin, dahil mahal natin ang pamilya natin. Kaya ako, hindi ako nagsasabi ng anything against you."

Turning to Vic, Butch asked, "Ikaw Bossing, may letra ba nakalista sa..." But before he could finish, he was met with numerous "Ay, wala, wala," from the comedian.

"X, marami," joked Vic, referring to the former relationships he had before. Vic also said that he had stopped at P and he intended it to stay that way. P, by the way, stands for current girlfriend Pia Guanio.

When it comes to relationships, Vic is normally quiet and secretive, but in this situation, he was sure about girlfriend Pia Guanio. "Siya na ang huling babae sa buhay ko," Vic said. Then he jokingly added, "ang sunod sa kanya, e, baka lalaki na!"

There is some news popping out that Vic and Dolphy were planning to do a double wedding with their respective partners. Is this true?

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"Nagkabiruan kami noong nag guest ako sa birthday niya," Vic related, "tinatanong ako kung ano ang wish ko daw kay Dolphy. Sabi ko na wish ko lang na makapag asawa na siya at mag-double wedding tayo para talagang Dobol Trobol na."

Dolphy and Vic may be comedians but their camaraderie for one another is taken very seriously. For Vic, it was very much a blessed opportunity for him to star in a film with Dolphy, as he expressed in his final message.

"Ako ay nagpapasalamat sa pagkakataon na ibinigay sa akin na magkasama kami sa isang pelikula," Vic said as he smiled to Dolphy.

"Pag mahal ko ang isang tao, sinasabi ko ‘I love you,'" Dolphy, in turn, said. Then facing Vic he said in all seriousness, "I love you. Mahal kita."

"I love you, too," answered Vic.

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"Matagal na akong nag-aaral ng style, e, saka mga karakter na ginagampanan niya. Kung tutuusin, marami akong characters na pinatern sa mga characters niya noong araw, e," says Vic Sotto (left) about getting tips from Dolphy (right).
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