In the zone

Zizan Razak is keep­ing in shape for Po­lis Evo 2.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By AN­GELIN YEOH en­ter­tain­ment@thes­

WHEN it comes to get­ting ready to shoot the se­quel to the high­est­gross­ing lo­cal film of all-time Po­lis Evo, Zizan Razak is com­mit­ted to look­ing his best on screen.

Re­leased in 2015, Po­lis Evo achieved a box-of­fice col­lec­tion of RM17.47mil.

“I think the pro­duc­tion team just wants me to look fit­ter. I’ve been going to the gym a lot, to the point where I feel the gym has be­come my home,” he joked dur­ing an in­ter­view in Kuala Lumpur.

Zizan said the ini­tial plan was to start shoot­ing Po­lis Evo 2 be­fore Ra­madan. How­ever, he re­vealed that pro­duc­tion has been de­layed due to lo­ca­tion-re­lated is­sues. As of now, there is no con­firmed date on the shoot.

What is known about the se­quel is it’s going to be di­rected by Joel Soh, who takes over from Ghaz Abu Bakar, and is said to be co-star­ring Erra Fazira.

“I love my new di­rec­tor. He’s a per­fec­tion­ist. Pre­vi­ously, he sent us photos of the shoot­ing lo­ca­tion and it looked good. Then some­how, he decided to change. I un­der­stand. He just wants to do his best for the movie,” Zizan rea­soned.

To en­sure he is ever ready, the 33-year-old ac­tor-co­me­dian has been work­ing out since early this year to achieve a new and im­proved physique for his char­ac­ter, In­spec­tor Sani. Zizan, how­ever, ad­mit­ted that it’s not easy to main­tain a fit fig­ure.

“I keep won­der­ing when we are going to fi­nally start shoot­ing.

I’m try­ing to main­tain my body but my weight keeps fluc­tu­at­ing. I’m not try­ing to look like Spi­der-Man, my goal is to be just like Cap­tain America.”

Jokes aside, Zizan as­sured us that the first draft of the script is out­stand­ing.

But, at the same time, he wor­ries he may not be able to carry the role as well as he wants to. “All I know is that I have to try or else it would be such a waste to let this op­por­tu­nity go.”

Zizan is thank­ful for the success of Po­lis Evo.

He be­lieves the ac­tion-com­edy helped to el­e­vate his sta­tus in the lo­cal film in­dus­try.

“I re­ceived a Best Ac­tor nom­i­na­tion at the 28th Malaysia Film Fes­ti­val for Po­lis Evo. I feel I was fi­nally recog­nised for some­thing I am good at.

“I have this per­cep­tion that peo­ple tend to look down on co­me­di­ans. They think we can’t go far. I’m try­ing to pave the way for co­me­di­ans to be taken more se­ri­ously and to get recog­ni­tion for our hard work.”

None­the­less, he also ac­cepts that the au­di­ence wants him to main­tain a some­what comedic per­son­al­ity even though he’s open to the idea of play­ing a se­ri­ous role.

“I have to con­sider if any­one would pay money to watch me play a part like that. I don’t think so, right? That’s why I tend to go for roles with comedic el­e­ments.”

De­spite the uncer­tainty of Po­lis Evo 2’s shoot­ing sched­ule, Zizan has man­aged to keep busy. He’s just wrapped up film­ing for the tele­movie Jula Juli Bin­tang Pu­tus Cinta with Mira Filzah.

Also, he is going to Mecca to spend his Hari Raya there.

“This is my first break since last year so I thought why not go on a hol­i­day and per­form wor­ship at the same time. I can’t get my par­ents to join me so I’ll be there alone. I will feel calmer there,” he said.

Photo: YAP CHEE HONG/ The Star

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