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Posted by : Pinoy Screen and Stage Saturday, December 31, 2016
“I selected actors na medyo close sa characters…yung mga pinagdaanan nila sa buhay. It’s so happened na may mga actors na ganun --- parehong sitwasyon, parehong family issues,” said Kip Oebanda, the writer and director of Bar Boys, the film about four college best friends aiming to pass the bar exams. The lead stars are Carlo Aquino, Kean Cipriano, Enzo Pineda, and Rocco Nacino. It was originally slated for a December playdate but because of the MMFF 2016, the director confirmed they made a last minute decision of opening around early 2017 to maximize their audience potential. The idea was born when he watched a horror film with his friend and realized that people have a negative impression of lawyers. “We enjoyed the film a lot. However, there was one scene where an evil lawyer was trying to coerce the bida to see her house.” His friend then told him he’s sure that the lawyer will die first since they’re always the bad guys in films.
“Ang initial reaction ko was let’s do it…it’s different,” said Rocco, who also shared that ever since they started making the film, his contacts from different law schools told them that it would be the first of its kind to be made in the Philippines. Apart from this, his other upcoming film is Lakambini directed by Jeffrey Jeturian where he’ll be playing the role of Andres Bonifacio. “My role in the film is…ako yung feeling know-it-all…leader of the group. Mataas ang ego niya. Siya ang go-to person kapag may kailangang sagot yung grupo throughout any situation.”
Kean plays the role of Josh, the one on the group most challenged by the upcoming exam. “Yun yung role ko, ako yung parang naging odd man out sa amin.” Newcomer Hazel Faith Dela Cruz plays the plum role of Alice, a law school classmate of one of the four boys. “She’s usually the weird one, the ‘not noticed one’, the one in the background. There’ll be a lot of scenes where hindi n’yo alam, nandun pala ako sa likod.” Kean then proceeded to say more about the different characters’ motivation. “Iba-iba naman ang drama namin rito. Merong isang gusto na nasa tuktok siya ng lahat ng bagay, iyon kay Rocco (Nacino), iba rin iyong conflict noong kay Carlo (Aquino) sa tatay niya. Iyon namang kay Enzo (Pineda), may aspect naman ng lovelife. Kumbaga meron isang clown, may isang know-it-all, may isang konyo at may isang nangangailangan ng tulong”, aniya. “Hindi lang siya tungkol sa law school kundi iyong nangyayari sa buhay ng estudyante, sa mga pressure ng bawat law student sa kanyang pamilya, sa pag-ibig, sa sarili. Fight for survival talaga siya. Iyong mga legalities na inaaral nila tungkol sa constitution,sa batas at sa iba’t-iba pa. Kung paano ba talaga kumakapit ang bawat estudyante na nag-a-aspire na maging lawyer sa mga situwasyon.”
The film was produced by Tropic Frills and co-produced by the Rotary Club of San Miguel, Makati in cooperation with SM Lifetyle Entertainment, Inc.