Singer-actor Lance Raymundo recently bagged a role in a fantasy animation movie, as the 15-year-old character Edgar in “Pepe And Pepito.”
“It’s about this guy who went to a bus station to meet the young (Jose) Rizal and then he brings him to the present day,” he said in an interview.
“Pepe and Pepito” is an adaptation of the well-loved play “Batang Rizal” under the helm of Will Fredo. Other voice actors with Lance are Enchong Dee, Pokwang, Benjie Paras, John Lapus, Baron Geisler, and Trina “Hopia” Legaspi, to name a few. The movie, produced by MEGAVISION Integrated Resources, is for submission to different film festivals.
Asked about dubbing in voice acting, Lance said he initially didn’t think it would be easy.
“I mean, I’ve done some films where I dubbed my lines and it was kinda hard. Here, they based the animation on my voice acting, they recorded my lines first,” he explained. “It was really easy, I didn’t expect that.”
It’s also a good thing some of his co-actors have done voice acting in the past and he is friends with them too.
“I already have rapport with them so it didn’t feel like acting at all but like we were just having normal conversations.”
Voice acting is more challenging that regular acting because you only have your voice to do all the acting for you, Lance pointed out.
“I mean, they (audience) can’t see us, can’t see our eyes, can’t see our smiles, can’t see us cry, so it was an extra challenge for us to showcase those feelings through our voice only. We need to make people feel the scene just by hearing it as if we have blind audiences.”
Did he have to adjust his pitch since he is a 35-year-old man doing the voice of a 15-year-old?
“The child in me is very much alive so I pretty much speak younger than I am,” he said with a laugh. “No, it wasn’t a problem at all.”
Aside from “Pepe and Pepito,” Lance will do the final installment of Elwood Perez’s trilogy that included “Otso” and “Esoterika: Maynila.” He will also release his first-Tagalog song “Sana” on Sept. 6.