Actor-producer Vic Sotto—whose yearly entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is a perennial blockbuster—is revved up anew for an entirely different offering for 2014.
Having ended the highly successful run of the Enteng Kabisote franchise with 2013’s top-grosser My Little Bossing (co-starring Ryzza Mae Dizon and Bimby Aquino Yap), he tweaks the title a bit this year with My Big Bossing, but multiplies the comedy, the cast, the effects and the directors by three.
“My Big Bossing is a trilogy,” he said at the movie’s first press conference on Wednesday in Quezon City. “Nung una akala ko mas madali pag tatlong episodes sa isang pelikula at mas mura, yon pala mas mahirap na mas mahal pa!” he added joking.
The film features the work of three high-caliber directors—Tony Reyes, Marlon Rivera and Joyce Bernal—with a bigger cast that, as expected, includes many of Bossing Vic’s posse from Eat Bulaga, led by childwonder Ryzza Mae Dizon.
For star power, he enlisted Marian Rivera and Nikki Gil as his leading ladies, whom he describes as perfect for their roles.
“I know they’re big stars and they’re great to work with but as in any movie we make nauuna muna yung role bago namin piliin yung artista for the part,” the veteran comedian assured.
True to its title, My Big Bossing is the biggest-budget entry in the MMFF race, and further boasts of the collaboration of three of the country’s biggest film production outfits: Octoarts Films, M-Zet TV Production and APT Entertainment.
My Big Bossing’s features Vic and Ryzza Mae first in “Sirena,” which happens to be the young superstar’s dream role and concept [“Siya yung nag-isip na ibababad siya sa batya ng patis para wag siya mangati sa lupa,” proudly revealed Vic], along with Wally Bayola, Manilyn Reynes, and Pauleen Luna.
Episode 2, billed “Taktak,” has Marian and Jose Manalo in the cast, with Vic and his leading lady portraying the role of news anchor and executive producer, respectively, who are at odds with one another.
“Bagay na bagay kay Marian yung role na ito,” Bossing guaranteed, “and first time ko din mag portray ng media man kaya bagong bago din ang konsepto.”
“Prinsesa” is the third and final episode, which again puts Ryzza Mae Dizon in the spotlight alongside rising child star Alonzo Muhlach—son of former child star Niño Muhlach [who will also play the role of Alonzo’s dad in the movie].
“Crush ako niyan eh,” was the only thing Ryzza could say about her new and very handsome onscreen partner.
Asked what his formula is in making yearly blockbusters for the Christmas movie festival, Vic replied, “It’s all to do with fresh material every time because audience expectations grow higher every year. That’s what I ask of my directors, and thankfully, the actors I choose to work with always give the movie their best.”
My Big Bossing opens Christmas Day as an official entry to MMFF 2014.