Vhong Navarro is ready to move forward from the stormy episode early this year that put his showbiz career on hold.
It took a while for Vhong to recover from severe beating he took in a controversial incident that is now the object of a court case.
A film he just finished has put the comedian back on track. Da Possessed is set to open on April 19 in cinemas. It is produced by Star Cinema with Regal Films, and directed by Joyce Bernal.
“Ang lagi kong naiisip, kahit na ano pang dumating sa buhay ko, ay ang magpasaya ng tao. ‘Yon ang importante para sa akin,” Vhong said during the press conference for Da Possessed on March 30 at the Dolphy Theater of ABS-CBN in Quezon City.
Saying he was always thinking about his fans, Vhong made sure he gave his all to finish Da Possessed, which stopped filming because of his recovery and legal concerns.
Navarro admitted that returning to the shoot again was very hard for him at first. “Hindi ko ma-deliver o mabigay ang mga hinihingi sa akin ni Direk Joyce. Hindi ko alam kung anong nawala sa akin. Inisip ko na baka ‘yong kumpiyansa.”
It was Bernal who helped him regain his natural talent as a comedian.
The director and the actor had worked in previous films like the hit D’Anothers (2005), which is in the same horror-comedy genre, Mr. Suave (2003) and Agent X44 (2007).
Vhong recalled what Bernal had told him: “Kailangan nating may gawin para maibalik ang dati.”
The solution was for him and co-star Solenn Heussaff to spend more time together during the shooting at it was the first time that the two worked together in a film.
“Sa shooting parang doon na yong workshop [with Solenn]para mas makilala namin ang isa’t isa. Iisa ang restroom namin para lalong makapag-usap at maging magkalapit. Ito pong si Solenn, walang kaarte-arte,” Vhong said.
Solenn was very happy and excited to work with Vhong. “Ang kulit ni Vhong and yon ang gusto ko sa kanya. Masaya lang,” she said.
Dubbed as the comedic summer movie of the year, Da Possessed revolves around the simpleton Ramon (Vhong) who attempts to venture into landscape art.
Ramon falls for his sexy boss Anna (Solenn) but conflict begins when spirits from another world start to possess his body, igniting a series of wacky events.
The movie brings together the country’s finest comedians and character actors led by John “Sweet” Lapus, Empoy, Smokey Manaloto, Beverly Salviejo, Lito Pimentel, Joy Viado, Matet de Leon and Joey Marquez, with child actress Aaliyah Belmoro.