With Ai Ai and Marian, ‘Kung Fu Divas’ expected to be a blockbuster

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With Comedy Concert Queen Ai Ai delas Alas and Primetime Queen Marian Rivera headlining “Kung Fu Divas,” how could it not be a blockbuster at the tills? Both have proven box office power, and joining forces just doubles the potential of their very first film together.


But what could be most significant and unforgettable for both Ai Ai (a Kapamilya star) and Marian (a Kapuso) is the friendship they’ve forged together while filming “Kung Fu Divas.” At the recent press conference for the movie held at ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theater (which we consider one of the most interesting ever) both Ai Ai and Marian were all praises for each other.

Asked about her reaction when told of the project, Ai Ai recalled saying, “Si Marian? Wow! Pinayagan ba siya?” When they met, Ai Ai found Marian “parang Virgin Mary ang dating” in that “ang ganda niya pala, ang puti-puti, at ang sweet pala niya…” She also said Marian is very thoughtful, “laging may pasalubong.”

Marian said she’s honored to work with Ai Ai. “Si Ate Ai, Box Office Queen yata ’yan pero napaka-down-to-earth niya. May maganda kaming chemistry, ipinantay niya ako sa kanya. Para bang kinuha niya ang kamay ko at iniangat niya ako.”

The two lauded the film’s top caliber concept and execution. “Dahil sa movie na ito, viewers will realize that Pinoys are very talented at kaya nating gumawa ng pang-Hollywood na materyal. Marami na akong comedy films na nagawa pero ibang klase ang katatawanan dito, hindi mo ma-explain. Kailangan talaga siya panoorin,” Ai Ai said.

Marian added: “First time ko rin pong nakatrabaho si Direk Onat Diaz, first time kong magkaroon ng comedy-action na pelikula, at siyempre first movie ko po ito from Star Cinema.”

Ai Ai and Marian co-produced the film together with Star Cinema, Reality Entertainment and O & Co. Picture Factory. As co-producer, Ai Ai had to forego her talent fee, and so with Marian “pero dahil mas mababa ang talent fee ko kay Ate Ai Ai kailangan magdagdag ako,” Marian revealed.

“Kung Fu Divas,” which opens on Oct.2 in theaters nationwide, is part of Star Cinema’s continuing celebration of its 20th anniversary. Also in the cast are Roderick Paulate, Edward Mendez, Bianca Manalo, Precious Lara Quigaman, Nova Villa and Gloria Diaz. Manila Bulletin

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