Remember the series of altercations between Baron Geisler and Kiko Matos two years ago? Yes, the one with the pee and the spray bottle and the new vocabulary word, "bigwasan." And do you remember how it was eventually revealed, later the same year, that it was all staged for a movie? Well, here's your first official taste of the aforementioned movie:
If this trailer confuses you, don't worry; we can't say we'd blame anyone for missing out on one of the stranger moments in local pop culture in 2016.
It all started with a viral video of Matos throwing a punch at Geisler in a Quezon City bar. This would trigger a feud between the two, fought mostly with WWE-style callouts on social media. Eventually, their trades caught the attention of local mixed martial arts league Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC), and the two were invited to settle their differences with a real fight in the ring. In the lead-up to that fight, even more antics ensued, including the infamous weigh-in where Matos sprayed a bottle of urine at Geisler. (It was later revealed that the urine was actually beer.) Then the fight itself took place, ending in a very disappointing draw.
Months later, it was revealed in the November 2016 issue of Rogue magazine that the entire feud was orchestrated as part of a social experiment and film entitled Beastmode, "a problematic but exceptional project about entertainment, media manipulation, and omnipresent but spectral state violence."
Around the same time, Beastmode director Manuel Mesina III decided to talk about the film publicly and delineate real from staged, in light of a separate controversy (Geisler had urinated on actor Ping Medina on the set of a different film, Bubog—which according to Mesina, had nothing to do with Beastmode). Mesina spoke to Rappler and revealed that the URCC fight was not originally part of the plan, and that while most of the theatrics were orchestrated (Geisler quoting Gladiator at the end of the URCC fight, yelling to the audience, "Are you not entertained?"), Matos and Geisler really did train and fight in the ring.
It's a lot to take in, and all of it ;will figure into Beastmode. The film just last week dropped a new official trailer, featuring footage from the feud, a narrator who sounds like he just smoked up, an inexplicable choice of font (Monotype Corsiva with drop shadow), and for some reason, President Rodrigo Duterte. We can't wait to see it.
Catch Manuel Mesina III's Beastmode at Cinema Centenario on July 21 and at UP Cine Adarna on July 27. For more information, visit the film's official Facebook page.