Carlo Aquino reveals he was supposed to play Ali in Squid Game


Carlo Aquino shared more details about his supposed appearance on Netflix’s top-trending series Squid Game. 

The Kapamilya actor recently expressed his regret over missing the chance to play a role in the survival-themed Korean drama by sharing a photo of the handwritten note he received from Squid Game director Hwang Dong Hyuk back in June 2020.

In an interview with Star Magic Inside News, Carlo revealed that director Hwang offered him to audition for the role of Ali after seeing him act in the 2019 film Isa Pa With Feelings.

“Siyempre gawin ko ‘yan talaga, sayang naman yun,” Carlo recalled his reaction to the offer and back-read the emails sent to his handler about the 37-day shoot for the series. 

But due to the travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Carlo didn’t manage to push through with the filming and eventually set aside his script for Squid Game.

Squid Game revolves around the story of 456 cash-strapped individuals who signed up to play a series of “twisted” children’s games in hopes of winning the 45.6 billion won prize money.

The series, which became available on Netflix on September 17, became a hit and has recently topped the giant streaming platform’s global chart.

Upon watching the series, Carlo felt familiarity with Ali’s lines and was reminded of the time he auditioned for the role. 

“Siguro nung episode 4, 5, parang alam ko ‘yung mga sinasabi nitong taong ‘to. Hindi ako makatulog nung gabi. ‘Yung eksena na naipit ‘yung kamay ng boss niya, sabi ko ito ‘yung in-audition ko. Ito yung pumupunta pa ko sa ABS para gawin,” he related. 

Carlo went on to share his thoughts about what could have been if he made it to the series. 

“Hinayang na hinayang din naman talaga ako eh, ‘di ba trending ang Squid Game eh. Tsaka ang galing na makagawa ka ng ganung istorya na parang nasa malaking warehouse lang ‘yung shoot pero sobrang engaging nung series eh.”

Nevertheless, Carlo shared his joy seeing a Filipino cast member in the popular series, the Korea-based English teacher Christian Lagahit.

“Sobrang happy din ako para sa kanya, dahil nagkaroon siya ng recognition.”

He might have regrets over missing his chance to star in Squid Game, but Carlo is determined more than ever to learn the Korean language, in case he gets a chance to be part of a Korean series.

“May dinownload akong app, nag-aaral akong mag-Korean,” Carlo laughingly admitted.

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