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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Dec 16, 2015

John 'Sweet' Lapus Happy That Even Without 'Shake Rattle' This Year, He Still Has A Filmfest Entry In 'Buy Now Die Later'

WHEN MOTHER LILY decided not have any “Shake, Rattle & Roll” entry in the Metro Filmfest this year, John Sweet Lapus said he felt sad. “Kasi for the past several years, lagi akong part ng ‘Shake’ movie tuwing Kapaskuhan,” he says. “Mga pitong ‘Shake’ movies din yata ang nagawa ko. Enjoy kasi si Mother Lily na nakikita kong pinapatay ng isang killer Christmas party of hinahabol ng mga zombie. Sa last ‘Shake’ movie, kasali ako sa lahat ng episodes at nakipagbuno pa ako sa tiyanak sa loob ng eruplano. So nang sabihing walang ‘Shake’ this year, somehow, nakakalungkot, di ba?”

It’s good Atty. Joji Alonso of Quantum Films is fielding her own horror comedy entry, “Buy No Die Later”, and got Sweet to be a part of it. “Malaki utang na loob ko kay Atty. Joji kasi kinuha rin niya ako noong one of the leads sa ‘Here Comes the Bride’ and I won my first best actor award. So when she got me for ‘Buy Now Die Later’, siempre yes agad ako, lalo na nga’t maganda ang role ko as one of the leads again.”

He plays Pippa, a gay who wants to be desired by men. He gets a special perfume from the antique shop of TJ Trinidad and when he uses it, men are just attracted to him. He doesn’t know that it has a backlash. Soon, even dead guys and zombies are running after him. “Saludo ako sa aming young director, Randolph Longjas, kasi he knows how to create very tense, scary situations pero nahahaluan pa rin ng comedy,” adds John. “Abangan nyo when our movie opens in theaters on Christmas Day at siguradong matatakot pero pero matatawa rin kayo.”