After portraying a transwoman, expect more offbeat roles from Enchong Dee
For Enchong Dee, getting nominated as best actor for his performance in the 1st Summer Metro Manila Film Festival entry, “Here Comes the Groom,” was “a big step forward for my career and my body of work, as well.”
Chris Martinez’s comedy, reportedly the top-grosser during the first days of the festival’s two-week run, was declared second best picture at the Gabi ng Parangal on Tuesday.
“I am filled with gratitude and happiness,” said Enchong as a reaction to the film’s box-office and critical acclaim.
“I also felt starstruck knowing that Ms Dolly [de Leon] is jury chair. To be nominated as best actor for a project that is meant to promote an ensemble cast is already something else,” Enchong told reporters shortly before the awards ceremony held at New Frontier Theater in Quezon City.
Enchong said the offer to play Junior, a guy whose soul gets magically swapped with that of a transgender woman’s a day before his wedding, was something he couldn’t say “no” to.
“I have always had a very good relationship with Atty. Joji (Alonso, producer). She presented the movie in such a way that I couldn’t resist. Also, its prequel, ‘Here Comes the Bride,’ opened so many doors for my friend Angelica (Panganiban). I want to be able to partake in that success. I consider this project a blessing,” Enchong said.
The actor pointed out that was only one of several offbeat roles he’d be seen portraying this year. “Nakakasa na sila. I’m excited for you to see them. The next one, which I’m still not allowed to reveal, is going to be shown in an international festival next month,” he said. INQ