Saturday, November 03, 2007

Beware! Cicakman II Is Coming Soon To A Cinema Near You..!

One-third of Georgetown's Birch Street was closed last weekend. The section north of Church & Birch up till the tower was condoned off by a bunch of RELA civil defense guys manning the roadblock. At first, I though it was Tenaga Nasional digging up the power lines again. They do that now and then... so no big deal. Two blocks away, there were a whole bunch of Mat Rempit bumming around... which was strange since they don't hang out in this part of Georgetown.

Later that evening at a friend's birthday party, one of the guests mentioned that her niece was working on a new film project, and that they were filming downtown. They also needed extras for the scenes, so she asked if I or any of my pals were interested. RM50/person was the rate.

The name of the movie? Cicakman II

Yes... you heard it. Cicakman II. The sequel to a local Malaysian superhero-movie that's actually a direct clone of Spiderman, right down to the plot... is being made.

It does not interest me that Cicakman II is being made. What interest's me... is that Cicakman II is actually being made. The KRU Brothers actually thought it'll be a Good Idea to make the sequel.

And true to being a direct clone of Spiderman, which is set in windy & temperate New York City, Cicakman II takes place in the cold season in the Malaysian megacity of Metrofulus. Hm... a Malaysian city with a fall/winter season.

It was a bit amusing to hear about the cast acting out in winter clothing. In downtown Georgetown. In the sweltering and humid Penang weather...

I missed the first movie. I heard from my Malay friends it was terrible, although it raked in a lot of cash in the theaters. Maybe I should checkout the sequel, to see how amusing it can be...

That probably explains all the Mat Rempits around Birch Street that night. Probably hoping to get their 30 seconds of fame as a movie extra.

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