Power trio

Tempo - - Entertainment - By NEIL RAMOS

WHAT makes a win­ning Metro Manila Film Fes­ti­val (MMFF) en­try? Is it sim­ply about cast­ing the right stars? Is it about craft­ing a wholly en­ter­tain­ing story? Is it about em­ploy­ing fan­tas­ti­cal ef­fects?

For “Jack Em Popoy: The Pulis­cred­i­bles,” it is all that and more.

Com­ing to­gether os­ten­si­bly to make sure they got all bases cov­ered are to­day’s big­gest stars: Vic Sotto, Maine Men­doza and

Coco Mar­tin.

At a press con­fer­ence, Coco crowed they have done their ut­most to make “Jack Em Popoy: The Pulis­cred­i­bles” the most “ex­cit­ing and en­ter­tain­ing” fam­ily movie yet.

“An­dito na la­hat eh,” he said. “May aksyon, may com­edy, may kilig, may kaunt­ing drama din... sig­u­radong la­hat ng manonood lal­abas ng sine­han na masaya.”

If Coco seems too sure it is be­cause he is the brains be­hind the whole op­er­a­tion. He said so him­self.

“Ako ang lumapit sa kanila,” he re­lated, shar­ing how he got in touch with Vic’s peo­ple. “Sin­abi ko may ideya ako, isang pe­likula na bagay sa amin ni Boss­ing. Natuwa ako na pumayag agad sila. Ang ma­g­a­nda pa roon, sila na­man ang nag-of­fer na isama din si Maine.”

In “Jack Em Popoy: The Pulis­cred­i­bles,” Vic, Coco, and Maine are a trio of law en­force­ment agents out to top­ple a gang of hood­lums.

Coco, it seemed, learned a lot with the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) com­plain­ing about their por­trayal in “FPJ’s Ang Probin­siyano.”

He made clear this time they won’t have to worry.

“Magig­ing proud sila kung paano namin sila pinakita dito,” Coco said. Mean­while, Vic shared how happy he is to have worked with Coco on the film.

“Mata­gal ko na siyang si­nusub­ay­bayan eh,” he said. “Kahit noong in­die days pa lang niya, sabi ko ma­g­a­l­ing na ak­tor ito. Lalo akong hu­manga nang maka­tra­baho ko siya. Mabait si Coco. Bukod doon very pas­sion­ate sa tra­baho. Hindi puwede sa kanya ‘yung puwede na. Mabu­sisi.” Coco, on his part, ex­plained, “Siyem­pre ka­pag ka­tra­baho mo idolo mo, gaya ni Boss­ing, gusto mo galin­gan, gusto mo ‘yung ma­g­a­nda talaga. Nakakahiya na­man na lumapit tayo sa kanila tapos hindi tayo handa.” Coco plays Maine’s love in­ter­est in the film, and many were quick to tease him with the pos­si­bil­ity some­thing ro­man­tic might have sparked be­tween them. But Coco said, “Hindi ‘yan sig­uro puwede magka­mag-anak kami eh.” “Jack Em Popoy: The Pulis­cred­i­bles,” screens in the­aters, Dec. 25.

FROM left: Vic Sotto, Maine Men­doza and Coco Mar­tin

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