Vilma 'shocked' by Vice Ganda's 'Darna'

Posted at 10/12/2012 9:56 PM | Updated as of 10/13/2012 6:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Having portrayed Darna herself, veteran actress and politician Vilma Santos said she was awed by comedian Vice Ganda's take on the iconic Pinay superheroine in the hit comedy film "This Guy's In Love With You Mare."

Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos. File photo

"Talagang na-shock ako, nandoon po ako [sa pelikula], naka-Darna. Naka-Darna po ako doon. Congratulations, ang galing," Santos told ABS-CBN News after the premiere screening of the hit comedy flick.

The Wenn Deramas film, which premiered in theaters October 10, features a scene where Vice Ganda mimics Darna as she was portrayed by Santos in the 1970's.

"Sobrang enjoy, grabe, hindi nawala 'yung ngiti sa labi ko, atsaka 'yung enjoyment," said Santos, whose son, actor-host Luis Manzano, also stars in the film.

"But I guess ang pinaka-importante, may meaning po. Hindi po ito basta comedy. May redeeming factor, may message na gusto iparating," she added.

In "This Guy," Vice Ganda plays Lester, a gay man who feigns romantic interest in Gemma (Toni Gonzaga), to take revenge on her for "stealing" his boyfriend Mike (Manzano).

According to Star Cinema, the comedy flick earned an estimated P23 million on its first day in theaters alone.

"This Guy's in Love with You Mare" is Deramas' follow-up to the all-time highest-grossing local film "The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin," which also starred Vice Ganda.