Aside from starring in the afternoon series All of Me, actor Arron Villaflor is also included in the cast of the movie Heneral Luna. He played the role of Joven Hernando, a young journalist who will later on narrate Antonio Luna’s life in the movie.
On taking the role of Joven, he admitted that the role was challenging.
“Very crucial ‘yung part ko kasi parang I’m an actor and narrator on this film, mabigat so nasa eksena ako at the same time kine-kuwento ko ‘yung istorya parang ganun at ‘yung mga secrets of Luna and the rest of the gang alam ko,” he said in an exclusive interview with Push.com.ph.
He also added that for him, the most challenging scenes to perform were the ones with explosive effects.
“Siguro ‘yung mga explosion,” he laughed.
“Dun ako na amaze kasi nakuha namin siya ng mga less than three takes lang na hindi naman dapat kasi it’s a big scene nandun lahat sina Paulo Avelino, sina Joem [Bascon] so andaming shots din at yung isa dun yung heartbreaking siguro parang when Luna tries to tell his upper officials na, ‘No we’re going to fight, I won’t let this happen na Americans will hold our country,’” he continued.
When asked about his preparations for the film, he revealed that he researched how journalists act so that the real-life journalists won’t be offended.
“Sobrang dami, mahirap, actually hindi naman mahirap it’s more of ano challenging siya e kasi as an actor you have to research, parang how the writer works with the people ‘di ba, how to talk with them, how to negotiate with them na hindi sila ma o-offend,” he shared.
This film took one year to finish and they shot on location at historical places like Laguna and Ilocos.
“Nag shoot kami sa Laguna, sa Ilocos, malalayo. Very amazing talaga kasi we tried to get the real periodic settings of this film. Kaya masaya din kasi napupuntahan namin yung iba-ibang lugar,” he informed.
Arron has already proven his versatility in acting by portraying various roles in drama, comedy, and action, but he said that his dream role is to be “gusto ko maging Heath Ledger sa Batman. Yun yung gusto ko i-portray.”
He then thanked his fans and the supporters of the film.
“Unang-una maraming salamat sa suporta nila habang ginagawa namin yung film marami nang nag me-message sa akin, nag co-comment sa akin na ‘uy excited na kami’ kasi first ever film ni Luna to e, sa bansa natin. Actually sa buong mundo.”
Since he mentioned that this is the first movie about General Antonio Luna, Arron said he is grateful to be a part of this movie.
“Thankful and blessed talaga kasi kasama ko dito mga veteran actors na e tsaka award-winning actors tong mga ‘to kaya sa akin it’s a privilege to work with them. It’s an honor to work with them and at the same time it’s a pleasure for me to work with them kasi it’s a big movie talaga, it’s a big project hindi siya yung ‘o indie film, maliit lang yan’ pero napakalaking proyekto,
Arron also sees this movie as informative not only for the moviegoers, but also for himself since he learned more about the Philippine history.
“Importante siya sa atin kasi na re-refresh ‘yung utak natin kung ano nga ba ang kwento ni Luna, ano nga ba si Luna sa bansa natin kasi nung high school ako ang kilala ko lang si Jose Rizal. Kumbaga sakin extra info din tsaka nagpapasalamat ako dahil pinakilala nila sa akin si Luna,” he ended.
EXCLUSIVE: Arron Villaflor admits being challenged with his role in ‘Heneral Luna’
Arron Villaflor says he learned a lot from his role in ‘Heneral Luna.’