Veteran action star Phillip Salvador is very proud of his latest project, Ang Panday, which is slated to be shown in local theaters on December 25. The movie is a joint venture of GMA Films and Imus Productions for the Metro Manila Film Festival.
Aside from playing his first villain role, Phillip is thrilled with the quality of the movie that boasts the high quality technical effects common in foreign pictures. The production team acquired the best available facilities here and abroad to polish the film's technical effects.
A press conference was staged earlier today, December 3, to allow the members of the entertainment media and the cast members to witness the official trailer of the movie.
"I'm very excited dito sa movie dahil nakagawa tayo ng ganitong klaseng pelikula!" exclaimed Salvador.
BONG'S CHOICE. Phillip, who portrays the lead villain role of Lizardo, was not intended for the part as another actor was being considered during the film's conceptualization .
"Ang alam ko hindi ako kasama dito. Tinatanong ko siya [Bong] 'Ano ba gagawin mo [for the film festival]?' Sabi niya 'Gusto kong gawin ang Panday.' 'O, sinong Lizardo mo?' 'Yon agad ang tinanong ko. Meron siyang sinabing pangalan tapos sabi ko 'Bagay yan! Bagay sa kanya,'" recalled Phillip.
Phillip gave Bong unsolicited advice on how he should attack his character. He also asked his close friend to distance himself from the previous Panday installments to make his version fresh and updated.
The discussion between the two friends continued for several days until Bong surprised Phillip with a bombshell: "Hindi pare, kasi ang gusto ko ikaw."
Phillip readily accepted the offer, much to his friend's delight, of course. Being the dedicated actor that he is, Phillip shaved his head to make Lizardo look more menacing on screen.
After seeing the final edit and trailer, Phillip happily announced his willingness to assume more kontravida roles in the future.
"Why not?" smiled Ipe, "I'm still learning and I still want to do more challenging roles."