John Lapus on box-office forecasts: "It's too early to tell."

John Lapus will be part of two Metro Manila Film Festival entries this year—the Shake Rattle & Roll 12 and the Super Inday and the Golden Bibe. During the parade he will join the Super Inday float. "Apat lang kaming nangangarir sa Inday, dito na ako pinasakay ni Roselle [Monteverde-Teo, Regal Films producer], marami na sila roon," he explains.


John "Sweet" Lapus does not believe in the box-office trending for the coming Metro Manila Film Festival.

Come December 25, the Star Magic talent and GMA-7's regular comedian/host will have two entries: the "Isla Engkanto" episode of Shake Rattle & Roll 12, which also stars Andi Eigenmann and Rayver Cruz; and the Super Inday and the Golden Bibe, wherehe shares the title role with Marian Rivera.

Shake Rattle & Roll 12. This is Sweet's fourth SRR appearance, and it has been a tradition for his fans to anticipate what will kill him in the longest running horror franchise this time.

"Nakakatawa, nag-iisip na ang mga tao kung mapapatay naman ako ngayon ng mga engkanto rito, pero sabi ni Roselle [Monteverde-Teo, Regal Films producer], huwag daw naming sabihin kung this time, mamamatay nga ako," says John in his first solo press conference, which was held yesterday, December 13.

"Nung una kasi, pinatay ako ng Christmas Tree (SRR 9, "Christmas Tree episode"). Yung ikalawa, pinatay ako ng aswang (SRR 10, "Emergency" episode), and last year, ng wedding gown naman (SRR 11, "Wedding Gown" episode).

"Ang mga directors ng SRR, nagtatanong na kung kanino ako ngayon mapupuntang episode. Parang pinaghahandaan nila kung paano naman ako papatayin," the Showbiz Central host quips.

This is Sweet's first time to work with Topel Lee, and he admits he's a fan of the director.

He relates, "Ay, pinanood ko nga ang White House, iba talaga ang estilo niya. At gusto ko sa kanya, nakikinig siya sa suggestions. Basta kapag break, yosi-yosi lang kami, nag-uusap kung ano ang maganda. Sasabihin ko, 'Direk, puwede kong sabihin ito kay Rayver,' at nung okay sa kanya, pinagawa niya naman."

Then John makes a revalation about his role, "Lalaki ako rito, ha, best friend ako ni Rayver," he shares. "Kita niyo naman, pati boses ko kinarir ko."

Super Inday and the Golden Bibe. For the remake of the 1988 film originally starred by Maricel Soriano, it's Sweet's first time to be part of the title. This, he says, is in preparation for next year, when his solo picture, Roderick Paulate's Bala At Lipstick, willbe launched.

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"Gusto ko yun, another challenge sa akin, isang lalaki-isang bakla. Iibahin ko na naman ang style ko doon. Let's face it, ilan lang ba ang puwedeng ibigay sa akin? Puro bakla. Kaya dapat iniiba-iba ko naman ang estilo ng pagkabakla sa bawa't pelikula," Sweet said.

Doing both movies simultaneously proved to be another challenge for Sweet.

"Magkasabay ang shooting ng dalawang pelikula. Minsan, may call time ako, akala ko SRR, ayun pala, Super Inday. Mabuti na lang, nasa kotse pang lahat ang damit ko at hindi binaba ng driver," he narrates.

This is also the reason Sweet had to beg off from accepting a soap for the Kapuso network. He is hoping though he will have one next year. Sweet is presently part of two Sunday shows, Showbiz Central and Show Me Da Manny.

In the Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na 'To) presscon, Ai-Ai delas Alas said her film may be ranked second, behind Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote, in terms of ticket sales.

In the Dalaw presscon, Kris Aquino accepted just being number three to the other two.

John's reaction to these forecasts: "It's too early to tell. Prangkahan na, ilang beses na bang nangyari sa festival na yung inaasahang magna-number one, e, sumemplang? 'Tapos yung mga hindi man lang inaasahan na kumita, nag-top three pa!

"Sana kumita na lang lahat. Wish ko nga, sana limang piso na lang ang pagitan ng mga movies. O kaya, kahit one hundred pesos ang diperensiya ng number one sa number two. Basta, lahat sana kumita para happy...

"At saka na 'yang number one-number one na 'yan. Ang taong bayan ang magdi-decide niyan, hindi sila."


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