Arron Villaflor plays the lead role in Astro Mayabang

Arron Villaflor talks about his experience doing his first independent film, the Cinema One Originals entry 'Astro Mayabang.'

BY NAPOLEON QUINTOS

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10/20/2010 7:52 AM
Arron Villaflor plays the lead role in Astro Mayabang


Arron Villaflor told PUSH.com.ph about his experiences shooting the independent film Astro Mayabang, which is part of the upcoming Cinema One Originals. This is his first time to do an indie movie and to play the lead role on the big screen. "Ang role ko dito si Astro. Obsessed siya sa Filipino pride. Lagi siyang nagsusuot ng mga Filipino-branded na damit at accessories. Laging may mga Pinoy symbols. Talagang ipinagmamayabang niya 'lsquo;yung pagiging Filipino niya. Galit din siya sa kahit anong foreigner. Ayaw niyang nalalamangan siya. Ayaw niyang nakakakita ng mga Americans o Koreans, tinataboy niya, inaaway niya. Feeling niya kasi unti unti na tayong sinasakop ng mga foreigner."

Because of his Kapampangan roots, Arron was chosen for the lead role by director Paul Laxamana who also hails from Pampanga. The movie is set in the said province and most of the dialogue is in Kapampangan. However, when Arron was given a script, he encountered Kapampangan words he hadn'rsquo;t heard of before. "Mostly Kapampangan ang language nung movie pero may subtitle naman. Kapampangan ako pero nung nabasa ko 'lsquo;yung script ang daming malalalim na Kapampangan word na hindi ko alam. Buti na lang at alam ni Direk dahil Kapampangan din siya."

After joining Star Circle Quest in 2005, Arron has done acting mostly on television and mainstream films. That'rsquo;s why when shooting of Astro Mayabang started, he had to adjust to the unconventional methods of his director. "Sa TV kasi kadalasan may formula na dapat sundin. Sa indie film pwede mong gawin kahit ano ang gusto mo. Ang sabi sa akin ni Direk 'lsquo;wag kong masyadong isipin kung paano ko gagawin 'lsquo;yung eksena. 'lsquo;Yung scene na magwawala ako sa kwarto ko, may script 'lsquo;yun pero hindi niya ipinabasa sa akin. Basta ang sabi lang niya sa akin magwawala ako, bahala na ako kung ano ang gusto kong gawin."

When asked if he thinks his performance in Astro Mayabang will earn him the Best Actor trophy from the Cinema One Originals jury, the young star confessed, "Sana. Naiisip ko rin 'lsquo;yun. Kung mapili ako, maganda kasi first major movie ko ito. Pero kung hindi sana at least may mapanalunan 'lsquo;yung pelikula."

Astro Mayabang also stars Megan Young who will play Arron'rsquo;s love interest. Although Arron and Megan have known each other for some time, they felt awkward when they did a kissing scene for the film. "Okay lang naman sa amin ni Megan kasi magkakilala na kami since Abt Ur Luv days pa. Pero 'lsquo;yung kissing scene namin sa sofa naka-limang takes yata.