(SPOT.ph) Pinoy movie fans had a field day when it was announced that Carlo Aquino would be joining the cast of Ulan, Nadine Lustre's upcoming film. The announcement was made on Ulan's Instagram page, with a photo showing the two under a waiting shed at the University of the Philippines - Diliman. Naturally, the Internet had a few guesses about what Aquino's role could be.
Si Carlo Aquino yung classmate mo sa GE na ang bait sayo tas lagi ka sinasamahan maglakad tapos sabay kayo maglunch tapos sasabayan ka mag-aral sa lib kahit di naman sya mag-aacads tapos ililibre ka ng canton tapos after ng sem di ka na papansinin pakshet sya https://t.co/vP10lUdhaV— Snore-lex (@claribabes) October 16, 2018
Carlo Aquino is that cute GE classmate that sparks your interest and always says the right things and is always endearingly charming but surprise he’s like that to everyone and umasa kang special ka so sinong tanga ngayon— clara (@irresolutemind) October 15, 2018
Very apt yung mga Paolo Avelino at Carlo Aquino as UP student characters 'no. Sila yung mga upperclass mong laging may smiley pag nagchat tapos cooperative sa group works tapos pag party puta minimum of 3 yung nakaka-momol pic.twitter.com/ThLnnTjJqB— Seth (@sethlucena) October 16, 2018
Nadine lustre is that freshie trying desperately to continue her streak of good grades to meet her parent’s expectations while adjusting to college realities and culture. While Carlo Aquino is that veteran that will give her a new perspective in life. https://t.co/143VB8Vkhz— D.R. (@ShogarDaddy) October 16, 2018
carlo aquino is that ChE student who managed to pass ChE 122 after 4 takes, was classmates with nadine on his third take and started dating her from there https://t.co/LKoAebg0of— Jared (@Jurerd) October 16, 2018
It was eventually revealed that Aquino's character is named Peter. And while those social media users probably know a "Peter" in real life, Aquino himself finally talked about his role in the film. In an interview with Pep, he says, "Isa ako sa love interests ni Nadine. Nagtuturo ako sa street kids." (So it looks like the Internet was right about him being that nice guy.) He also reveals he won't be Lustre's main leading man in the film as he's starring alongside AJ Muhlach (who's playing a character named Mark) and Marco Gumabao (whose character is named Andrew).
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Aquino also says that he's okay with not being the lead actor in the film. This is despite the success of Exes Baggage, his reunion movie with real-life ex Angelica Panganiban—which has earned nearly P360 million worldwide. "Hindi ko kailangan mag-lead. Sa Ulan, hindi naman ako lead leading man niya," he says about Lustre. As much as possible, ayokong ma-stereotype na pag gumawa ako ng pelikula, kailangan bida ako. Open ako basta maganda 'yong storya."
He also revelas that he doesn't know the reason why Xian Lim backed out of the movie. But still, he's thankful that he was selected to be part of it. "[I'm] thankful siyempre na ako 'yong [napili] kasi 90% nung cast ng Ulan, from Viva. Para kuhanin nila ako, isang malaking karangalan 'yon. Baby rin naman ako ng Viva."
Ulan, which is directed by Irene Villamor (Camp Sawi, Meet Me in St. Gallen, Sid & Aya (Not a Love Story), is described by Lustre as a movie about self-love. There's no word yet on when it will hit theaters.