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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 18, 2019


Aga and Alice with "Nuuk" Director Veronica Velasco

AGA MUHLACH is happy to be working again with Alice Dixson in Viva’s psychological drama, “Nuuk”, which was shot on location in Nuuk, Greenland and opens in theaters on November 6. “Bale 22 days kami roon na nag-shoot,” he says.

“It’s a very cold place at lahat kami, kung minsan, hindi makatagal sa lamig when we’re shooting exteriors. Nakaka-depressed din kasi sobrang tahimik and you’re always cooped up inside your home.”

The movie’s director, Veronica Velasco, says doctors and nurses are used to getting reports of people who get drunk and lose consciousness while still outside and they’re just fetched by an ambulance so they won’t die of hypothermia.

"The bleakness of the place which is fully covered with snow is captured vividly in the movie. Those who have seen the trailer of “Nuuk” are all intrigued about Aga’s character as he is seen disappearing mysteriously and no one can remember seeing him at all with Alice.

“Marami nga akong nababasang comments sa internet speculating about the twists in my character and the story,” says Aga. “Ano ba raw talaga ako? Multo lang na si Alice ang tanging nakakakita?

"Pero siempre, we cannot reveal anything kasi you have to see the full movie for you to be able to understand it. And you have to see it from the start dahil tiyak na magugulat kayo kasi hindi siya predictable.”

It’s said he and Alice have a bedscene in the movie. How is it? “It’s passionate, but shot with so much tenderness,” says Aga. “Actually, in the past three movies we did sa Regal Films noong early 90s, wala kaming ganitong mga eksena. Marami pang bawal kay Alice noon. Aabutin pala ng 30 years at pareho na kaming 50 years old bago kami makapag-love scene.”

Alice says it’s a given that Aga is a very good actor. “Kaya siempre, kailangang humabol ako para hindi niya ako maiwanan sa eksena,” she adds. “It’s really nice to get to work with him again.”

“Noong araw, hindi naman kami masyadong nagkakausap sa set, e,” says Aga. “Puro trabaho lang. Unlike ngayon, mas may time kaming magkuwentuhan, lalo na sa Nuuk na kami-kami lang ang nandun kaya we have time to communicate with each other.

"Feeling ko nga, parang first time pa lang naming magkatrabaho at dito namin mas nakilala nang husto ang isa’t isa. Pareho kaming Leo, e, and we’re both more introverted so may connection kami.”

He says he is at his happiest in his life now. “Yes, kontento ako sa buhay ko, I feel very comfortable with my wife, my kids. Kaya lang yung katawan mo, yung metabolism mo, nag-iba na, e. Kahit anong workout ang gawin mo at kahit anong diyeta ang gawin mo, grabe, parang walang epekto.

"But still, never surrender, laban lang! Lalo ngayon, may bago pa akong movie, ‘Miracle in Cell no. 7’ na entry sa Metro-Manila Filmfest, so sa set, sabi ko, wag na silang magdadala ng kung anu-anong pagkain para hindi ako natutukso.”