Dingdong feels at home with ABS-CBN stars

Posted at 10/09/2012 11:04 PM | Updated as of 10/10/2012 5:37 PM

'One More Try' 65% finished, says Dingdong

MANILA, Philippines -- Prized GMA-7 leading man Dingdong Dantes said he feels right at home in the company of his Kapamilya co-stars in Star Cinema's upcoming romance-drama film "One More Try."

Dingdong Dantes and Angelica Panganiban. File photo

"Very positive ang feeling ko parati whenever I'm on the set with them kasi they don't make you feel na hindi ka taga-network nila," Dantes told reporters on Monday, referring to ABS-CBN stars Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban and Zanjoe Marudo, his co-actors in the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry.

"Pati 'yung mga tao na nandoon [sa set, they make me feel welcome]. So it's just like working in the same network, parang walang pagkakaiba," added Dantes, who earned his first Best Actor trophy for his role in Star Cinema's "Segunda Mano."

Similar to his role in the horror flick, Dantes will portray Panganiban's husband anew in "One More Try." Their onscreen relationship, the actor revealed earlier, gets entangled with that of the characters of Locsin and Marudo.

Despite the film's "adult" four-sided romance storyline, Dantes explained that "One More Try" is still seen as a "family movie," considering its Christmas Day release.

"Ang kagandahan po, after siguro, halfway through na kami sa pag-shoot eh -- nage-evolve 'yung istorya to become more like a family movie than an adult film," Dantes said.

"It's an adult drama, since pang-filmfest siya, family movie talaga siya," he added.

Asked if he will be doing any "daring" scenes with his leading ladies, apart from the mandatory kissing scenes, Dantes pointed to the film's story instead, which he described as "heavy."

"Kung merong daring dun sa pelikulang 'yun, it's 'yung mga conflict na kailangan pagdaanan ng bawat character. Kasi 'yung mga desisiyon na kailangan nilang gawin, talagang pag pinanood niyo, mabigat talaga. Kung nangyari sa totoong buhay, [wow]," he said.

Dantes said filming for the romantic drama is "65% done."

"We're down to our last 10 days," he said.