MANILA, Philippines -- The male twins portrayed by Zanjoe Marudo -- one gay, one straight -- as seen in "Bromance" are based on real individuals, according to the supervising producer of the upcoming comedy film.
"Would you believe, 'Bromance' is based on a true story. Meron talaga kaming kaibigan na isa, lalaking-lalaki, at isa, bading," Enrico Santos said in a behind-the-scenes video for the Skylight Films project released early this week.
In the Wenn V. Deramas-directed flick, which opens on May 15 in theaters nationwide, Marudo plays the role of twins Brando, a tough-talking, macho guy; and Brandy, a flamboyant gay man.
Although identical, the physical differences in the siblings is readily apparent in their fashion choices.
"'Yung kay Brando, ito 'yung medyo ano siya eh, rugged," said Rex Atienza, the film's stylist. "Si Brandy, isa siyang interior designer, so makikita mo may flair na 'yan about fashion."
While the characters' physical contrast helps to disinguish them early in the film, Marudo said he hopes to set apart both his portrayals through careful acting.
"Siyempre, iisipin mo pa lang na dalawa siya, ibang klaseng challenge na 'yon. Mahirap, pero angsarap nung nabibigyan ka ng ganoong klaseng challenges," he said.
He added: "Kailangan matapos 'tong movie na ang tingin ng tao, magkaibang tao talaga si Brando at si Brandy."
As the twins, Marudo's characters are forced to switch places after Brandy is hospitalized from a road accident. Brando, with much protest, sheds his tough persona to convince people around him that he is his fun-loving, boisterous twin.
As his brother, Brando finds a chance to reconnect with Erika (Cristine Reyes), Brandy's best friend and the other twin's first love.
"We're looking for a different kind of comedy about siblings, about brothers naman," said Danno Mariquit, who is behind the film's story and screenplay. "So naisip namin, paano namin mababali 'yung brother story na comedic na pang Skylight?"
The Zanjoe Marudo-starrer is Skylight Film's first crack at a big-screen comedy, after the successes of horror flicks like "Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang" (2012) and "Amorosa" (2012).
"'Yung Skylight Films kasi, meron siyang brand na edgy nang konti," said Aus de Guzman, who is also behind the movie's story and screenplay. "Itong pelikula na 'to, [ipapakita] 'yung sinasabi nilang, 'You don't know a person until you step into his shoes.' Literal na ganoon 'yung pelikula."
"Pero dito, siyempre itatawa mo nang itatawa 'yon para maintindihan mo," he said.
Deramas, who is also the director behind the blockbuster comedies "The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin", "This Guy's In Love With U Mare!" and "Sisterakas," promises "Bromance" will bring laughter to Pinoy audiences.