Dolphy, patriarch of the Quizon clan, considers Willie Revillame as part of his family.
"Matagal ko nang kasama si Willie, parang anak ko na yan, e," said the King of Comedy of his co-star in Nobody, Nobody... But Juan! at the press conference for the Metro Manila Film Festival entry. "Pag nagkakamali nga 'yan, sa akin tumatakbo. Humihingi siya ng advice. Mahal ako nun, e."
The showbiz icon gives the Wowowee host the benefit of his wealth of experience. "Sabi ko, ikaw [umiwas] kang kainisan ka ng mga kasama mo sa trabaho. Maganda yung ka-vibes ka ng lahat. Medyo bawasan mo yung high blood."
Dolphy stressed: "Humility is the name of the game."
The veteran comedian said he also experiences temper flare-ups but he expresses them in a different way. "Sa akin minsan, nangyayari rin yun pero kinakailangan huwag makita ng tao. Kung maaari, kausapin mo sa tabi [yung tao]. Pag nagmura na 'ko, ayan, nagagalit na 'ko."
If Willie runs for public office, will Dolphy support his decision?
"Sabi ko sa kanya, 'Huwag ka na muna tumakbo, tutal marami ka nang napapaligaya sa show mo. Marami ka nang natutulungan, dito ka na lang muna.' Ang dami nang kinikita niya, bihira mong makamtam ang magic na 'yan. Hanggang nandiyan ang magic, samantalahin mo," he explained.
NOBODY, NOBODY... BUT JUAN. This year, Dolphy will return to the big screen with the dramedy Nobody, Nobody... But Juan!
He was last seen in the 2008 comedy film Dobol Trobol with his "heir apparent" Vic Sotto.
Produced by Kaizz Ventures in partnership with RVQ Productions, Nobody, Nobody... But Juan! is directed by Dolphy's son Eric Quizon from a screenplay by Bibeth Orteza. Dolphy plays Juan, an old man who stays in a nursing home located in the U.S. To alleviate his loneliness, Juan regularly watches Wowowee but because of an untoward incident, he is prohibited from watching the program. Juan resorts to drastic measures for the sake of his favorite game show.
Does Dolphy have a cutoff time when it comes to shooting?
"Ayoko na ng pa-morningan. Pero actually, nag-i-start na 'ko, hapon na. After lunch na 'ko dumadating sa set. Pag hindi ko na kaya, sinasabi ko sa kanila. Pero minsan, pag kailangan tapusin yung eksena, tinatapos ko na rin. Kasi ayaw ko rin naman mabitin, yung momentum mawawala."
According to a source, Dolphy once stayed until 1 a.m. on the set to finish a crucial scene.
What is the difference between being directed by his own son and by someone who is not a family member?
"Pareho lang ang trato, e. Pag nasa set, hindi ko anak yun, director ko siya. Pero pagkatapos na ng shooting, kami-kami na lang, ako na ang masusunod," said Dolphy, prompting members of the press to laugh out loud.
Eric, who also acts in the movie as Dolphy's son, attested to how Dolphy's sense of humor has remained sharp. Eric narrated that in one scene, the King of Comedy cracked jokes that sometimes distracted Gloria Romero (who is cast as Dolphy's long-lost love). "May isang beses, sa take one, nag-ad-lib si Daddy, tumawa si Ms. Gloria. Then take two, ibang punchline naman yung binigay niya, natawa uli si Ms. Gloria. Humirit si Tita Glo, kung puwede ulitin na lang niya ang una niyang punchline para hindi na siya matawa."
As the co-producer of Juan, Eric also expressed his gratitude to ABS-CBN for waiving licensing fees for the trademark of Wowowee.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked the King of Comedy if there was still any role that he would like to do in the future. He revealed, "Meron kaming plano, pari ako. Lumalaban sa prinsipyo. Hindi pa ako gumaganap ng pari kasi very touchy."
WHY WOWOWEE? This movie was partly inspired by the concept of the 2009 Oscar Best Picture winner Slumdog Millionaire, which showed how a young man changed his life by joining a game show.
PEP asked co-producer Joe Aldeguer why they opted to tap Wowowee and not other game shows.
"You want to make sure that the movie is current. Right now, in the United States, people watch Wowowee. It's on three times a day, every day. In the United States, Wowowee is more popular. It's all about timing," explained Joe.
Incidentally, Joe Aldeguer is also cast in the movie as one of Dolphy's sons. He was born in the Philippines but migrated to the United States when he was three years old. He works as a radio and TV personality in Chicago.
The cast members shot the movie for 13 days in the Philippines and six days in Chicago. Eddie Garcia, Heart Evangelista, Eugene Domingo, Pokwang, Vandolph, Epy Quizon and G Tongi are also part of the movie.
Nobody, Nobody... But Juan! will open in cinemas nationwide starting Christmas Day, December 25.