Judging from the trailer alone, netizens seem to be all excited about the riotous and rib-tickling scenes from Regal Entertainment’s latest comic offering, That Thing Called Tanga Na.
For many, the mere idea of seeing Billy Crawford, the typically suave and dapper Kapamilya host fleshing out his role as a gay security guard would be more than enough to send his fans to hysterical laughing fits.
In some ways, the gay spin seems more of a challenge compared to his previous “moronic” capers.
“Try putting on a straight face with half the cast dressed up in drag, making faces, and everyone coming up with their own alibis every now and then. Believe me, you cannot not laugh with all that going on,” Billy recounts.
“It’s the hilarity of it all. I wish we could show the outtakes just as well, because I believe some of them are actually funnier,” he continues.
Through it all, Billy gives his thumbs up to director Joel Lamangan for bringing out the best in the cast, including Eric Quizon, Kean Cipriano, Martin Escudero, and Angeline Quinto.
“Timing is really the key to good comedy. You can’t fake it. Just like a song, you just have to be able to get into that groove and ride it, otherwise it falls apart,” he explains.
“And props to Direk Joel for prepping all of us and keeping us from bursting out laughing.”
Incidentally, That Thing Called Tanga Na also marks Billy’s comeback of sorts to Regal Entertainment.
Billy’s first movie with Regal was Sandakot Na Bala, where he starred with the late Rudy Fernandez, back in1988. The following year, he played Vilma Santos’s son in Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga, a dramatic role that won for him his very first Guillermo Best Child Actor Award.
“It’s definitely great to be working with Regal again. Thanks to Mother Lily (Monteverde) for believing in me and giving me this chance. Who knows, we might make history again here and get another award,” he jests.