RICHARD Gutierrez is the first to admit that he is not a comedian. He’s better known for the many action series he did on GMA like “Captain Barbell” and for the romantic dramas he did on the big screen like “Let the Love Begin”, so doing a fantasy comedy like “Fantastica” is something really new for him.
“Bago talaga ito lalo na nga’t first time ko ring makasamang mag-comedy si Vice Ganda,” he says. “Naiiba rin talaga ang combination ng cast dito kasi ngayon ko rin lang nakatrabaho sa isang movie si Dindong Dantes, Bela Padilla at lahat ng ka-love teams na nasa cast nito. Lahat, mahuhusay and we all had fun on the set.”
He says he has plenty of hilarious scenes in the movie but the funniest one is his scene with Vice where he keeps calling her Bellat and she keeps calling him Mahal. They keep on repeating it until Bellat says: “Hindi tayo matatapos dito hangga’t hindi mo ako tinatawag ng mahal.” And he should do it with matching seductively ribtickling movement of his eyes and his tongue.
“Never pa ako nakagawa ng ganoong eksena pero alang-alang sa ikakaganda ng movie at para matuwa rin ang viewers, I did it. Nakakailang noong una but those who’ve seen that scene on screen say very funny siya talaga lumabas, so at least, we were able to achieve what we’re trying to do.”
“Real trouper si Chard!” says Vice. “Lumalaban talaga siya sa pagko-comedy at walang kiyeme-kiyeme pati sa labas-dilang eksenang 'yun. Marami siyang gugulatin dito sa pagiging natural comedian niya.”
“Well, it’s good nandiyan lagi si Vice para umalalay sa co-stars niya,” adds Richard. “Honestly, kaming co-stars niya, tawa nang tawa sa shooting kasi kung minsan, may mga hirit siyang ina-adlib niya nang di namin alam na gagawin pala niya, kaya caught off-guard kami at kami ang unang natatawa sa eksena. Lahat kami, we really let just all our hair down.”
Richard plays the role of Prince Pryce from another dimension, a kingdom called Fantastica. He meets Vice as Bellat, whose family operates a peryahan or local carnival called Perya Wurtzbach, and asks their help so he can return to Fantastica with their missing princesses played by Loisa Andalio as Rapunzela, Maymay Entrata as Maulan and Kisses Delavin as Ariella. In turn, they ask him also to help save their perya from bankruptcy. Bellat discovers that what will open the portal to lead back Richard to Fantastica is gathering 10,000 palakhak (palakpak and halakhak) so they have to come up with “The Perfect Show” to entertain the viewers of their carnival.
After “Fantastica”, Richard is happy to return to drama in a new teleserye with Bea Alonzo. “I’m excited as this will be the first time for us to work together,” he says. “I’ve seen her work and she’s really one of our best drama actresses today. We’ve started our training for our respective roles in the yet untitled show scheduled for telecast next year.”
They were paired in their musical number for the ABS-CBN Christmas show at Araneta Coliseum that will be aired this weekend and everyone agrees that they have fantastic chemistry together. Off cam, we all know Bea is currently happy with Gerald Anderson while Chard is fulfilled with his inamorata, Sarah Lahbati, and their two sons, Zion and Kai.