If there is one wish that Diether Ocampo would want for his 33rd birthday, this is to do a remake of the 1978 movie of the King of Comedy Dolphy, Ang Tatay Kong Nanay.
Diether expressed his intention to reprise Dolphy's character in the movie during the outreach program of KIDS (Kabataan Inyong Dapat Suportahan) Foundation held last Saturday, July 18, at San Vicente Pilot School for Philippine Craftsmen in Bulaon, San Fernando, Pampanga.
The actor said that it is really his dream to play the role of Coring in the Lino Brocka film, which was considered one of the first movies that gave an honest portrayal of a gay man's life. Ang Tatay Kong Nanay also featured former child actor Niño Muhlach, Phillip Salvador, and Marissa Delgado.
The movie is about a gay man (Dolphy) whose lover (Phillip) left him for a bar hostess (Marissa). Later on, his lover came back asking him to take care of his son (Niño). Dolphy's character kept his true identity a secret to be a good role model to the kid and spare him from embarrassment.
"Alam mo, kung bibigyan nga ako ng pagkakataon, kung kailangan kong i-produce, gusto kong i-remake ang pelikula ni Tito Dolphy, Ang Tatay Kong Nanay (1978). Gusto kong gawin talaga 'yan. Ang gusto kong ka-partner diyan, 'yong sa May Bukas Pa, si Santino [Zaijian Jaranilla]," said Diether.
The Only You actor is confident that he can give justice to Dolphy's character. He said, "Noong una ko pa lang napanood 'yan, tumatak na sa akin, nagmarka na sa puso't isipan ko."
Diether added that if the role is given to somebody else, "Hindi niya siguro mapo-portray ng kasing ganda ng kung paano ko mapo-portray [ang karakter ni Dolphy]. Kasi, ganun kalapit sa puso ko ang pelikula na 'yon. Kasi kapag naiintindihan ko, nakaka-relate ka, mata-touch ka talaga."
Did he already talk to Dolphy about this?
Diether said he has not yet had the chance to talk to the King of Comedy. However, when given the chance, he would say: "Tito Dolphy, ito lang ang masasabi ko sa inyo, in this lifetime, wala na akong ibang pangarap kung hindi magampanan ang role na binigyan ninyo ng sobrang buhay."
HELP REBUILD THE MOVIE INDUSTRY. Diether also wants to do another independent film. His first indie film was Pi7tong Tagpo in 2007 with Cherry Pie Picache, Bembol Roco, and Karylle.
"Alam mo ang gusto kong gawin talaga? Gusto kong gawin na makapagtrabaho para sa isang independent film. 'Yan ang mga masisipag ngayon gumawa ng pelikula. Kung mapapansin mo, 'yong mga regular o malalaking production, bilang na bilang, kasi bibihira," the actor said.
He added that people in local showbiz should work together in rebuilding the movie industry.
"Madaming magagandang pelikulang Pilipino na hindi binibigyang halaga. Kung gusto nating buhayin ang industriya—ke writer ka, artista ka, PA [production assistant], kung ano ka man—kailangan magtulung-tulong tayo. Wala na, e. Ilang pelikula na lang ang ginagawa natin in a year?"
Diether is optimistic that the movie industry has the chance to regain its former prosperity, when there were more local movies shown in theaters than foreign films.
"Hindi malayong mangyari at sinasabi ko na ngayon, kapag naniniwala ka sa sinasabi mo, mangyayari 'yan. Sana sama-sama at tulung-tulong tayo na maitaguyod at mapalago ulit ang industriya natin. Itong industriya natin ang bumubuhay sa maraming mga pamilya. Ibang sektor tayo, parte tayo ng lipunan na may contribution, e."