This is the second film in the directorial comeback of former Film Bangkok studio head Adirek "Uncle" Wataleela, following 2005's all-star horror spoof Ghost Variety. Since his studio went belly up, Uncle now has a home as a director under the umbrella of Sahamongkol Film International.
Theng's Angel also marks the first time that funnyman Theng co-stars with the prolific Kotee Aramboy, the cherubic comic actor who is in nearly every Thai comedy these days. Uncle told the Daily Express that it is a classic pairing.
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All we have to do is say, 'Action', and that's it. They just unleash their gags and great dialogue. It's like watching Robert De Niro and Al Pacino together - only funnier."
Or how about Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, Uncle?
From the preview, I can't quite tell what is going on. Rather than spend any more time on research, I'll just guess and see how close I come, which is always fun. It seems Theng's character is hoping for a guardian angel, and envisions a beautiful female angel (played by Bongkot "Tak" Kongmalai), but is instead saddled with an annoying, short, fat male cherub (Kotee). Slapstick pratfalls ensue. Theng dons a variety of disguises, including Elvis (harking back to his very first film role, in Yuthlert Sippapak's debut, Killer Tattoo) and Rambo. It's a bit of Capra's It's a Wonderful Life as seen through a Happy Madison filter by Uncle, with the Sandleresque Theng opposite a Schneideresque Kotee.
The comic policeman duo of Uncle and Boonthin Thuaykaew from Yuthlert's Buppha Rahtree and many other films (including, most recently, Hormones) will of course make a special appearance, as will Yuthlert himself, as a favor to both Uncle and Theng. Yuthlert briefly cameoed in Ghost Variety, as did nearly every other living Thai director.
Meanwhile, Phranakorn Film's long-proposed sequel to the 2005 smash-hit Holy Man, which starred Theng, has languished as Theng has vaulted to superstar status as host of at least a couple TV variety series and starring roles in films produced by Workpoint Entertainment and Sahamongkol.
Now Luang Phee Theng 2 is off the back burner, with a new star: rapper Joey Boy. More on that in the coming days.