Dolphy on working at 81: "Okay pa naman ang memory ko."

"Ang legacy na [gusto kong] maiiwan ko, gusto ko kapag nadidinig ang pangalan ko, nakikita ko ang smile sa kanila," says Comedy King Dolphy who has been giving smiles to Filipinos for 65 years.


Comedy King Dolphy proves that he can still do his job as an actor in his upcoming movie Nobody, Nobody But Juan.

For 65 years, he has given laughter to every Pinoy through his movies and TV sitcoms. And there's no stopping this veteran comedian from his passion for acting even at 81.

In an interview at the press conference of his movie, which is one of the official entries in the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), Dolphy said he willingly took this offer because, "Pasko, e, lagi tayong nagbibigay ng ligaya kapag ganyang festival, Pasko, magaganda ang nagagawa ng tao. Sana magustuhan nila ang ginagawa nila."

At his age, Dolphy said he had planned to leave show business many times before. However, there are still networks interested in having him in their projects.

"Kumbaga sa kuwan, ayaw ko na," he said. "E, lumapit ang Dos [ABS-CBN], sitcom daw. Ang sagot ko, 'Ako ba ay gusto niyo pa talaga? Dahil ang mga sponsor, ayaw na nga sa akin. 'Kako, e, di sige. Noong ako naman ay nag-umpisa, tinitira naman ako, bakit daw bubuhayin pa ang bangkay."

Despite these, Dolphy continued with the project offered to him. He narrated, "Ginawa namin ang Home Along Da Riles, sumikat lalo ang ratings. Kumbaga sa ratings, hindi naman talaga special, pumalo pa ng 81 ang rating noon at tumagal naman ng almost 14 years ang show. Pero 'ika nga, kapag talagang oras mo na, hindi na kaya ng katawan mo..."

Dolphy admitted that he's past his prime years as an actor, but he believes he has made an indelible mark in the industry, along with other veteran actors.

"'Ika ko nga noong araw, fresh na fresh ang hitsura namin, ngayon collector's item na kami!" he joked. "Pero 'ika nga, mga mahal na kami. Kumbaga sa mga collector's item, mga mahal na collector's item kami."

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After Nobody, Nobody But Juan, would Dolphy still be willing to do another movie project?

Dolphy answered laughing, "Okay pa naman, memory ko okay pa naman. Pero 'yong mga sayaw, mga fight scenes, double na lang!"



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