Following the success of Squid Game, news circulated that Carlo Aquino was supposed to play a role in the hit Korean series.
This was confirmed by the actor. In an exclusive interview with Star Magic, Carlo shared that he was tapped to audition for the series after director Hwang Dong Hyuk saw his movie Isa Pa With Feelings.
“Nag-message sa akin si tita Cris (Tapang), ‘yung handler ko, na may ano daw gusto magpa-audition, [sabi niya], ‘Napanood ka sa Isa Pa with Feelings,’ [para sa] isang Korean series, ‘yung director napanood ka,’” Carlo relayed in the interview.
Carlo shared that he was then offered to play the role of Ali. He was supposed to shoot in Korea for more than a month.
“Nandon na sila si tita Cris, nasa usapan na sila. [Sabi nila], ‘Hi Carlo this is the attached schedule, shooting days is 45 days but for your character Ali, it's 37 days,” he relayed.
On why he was not able to film the series, Carlo relayed, “Kaya siguro hindi ako natuloy dahil nagkaroon ng lockdown sa Korea. Ayaw nila magpapasok so siguro ‘yung mga available artists nila don sa Korea, ‘yun ang mga kinuha nila.”
The actor admitted that he feels sad about the missed opportunity.
“Nanghihinayang ako eh. Nakakalungkot na hindi natuloy dahil sa pandemic,” he said.
The actor added, “Sayang and ang galing na makagawa ka ng ganong istorya na nasa isang malaking-malaki na warehouse ‘yung shoot pero sobrang engaging nong series.”
In June 2020, Carlo posted on his Instagram page the letter he received from director Dong Hyuk.
"A handwritten note from a brilliant director. Wooop!! Couldn’t be more excited to work with you guys once this pandemic is over. #HwangDongHyuk," Carlo shared last year.
Squid Game tells the story of a group of people who join a survival game in order to win billions.
The series stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Oh Yeong-su, HoYeon Jung, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryoung, among others.