JUST A THOUGHT: ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.’ – Dr. Seuss
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CANDIDLY, AGA: Aga Muhlach makes no bones about it. No excuses there. None of that showbiz double-speak.
He candidly admitted during an Oct. 8 presscon that he didn’t do a film the last six years because he became fat. Yes, just that. Fat. Aga’s last film, “In The Name Of Love” (with Angel Locsin), was done in 2011.
The experienced actor, a combination of good looks and fierce acting talent, said he was the first to rule out any offer then as he didn’t see himself ideal for any romantic leading man role.
“I took a long vacation. I travelled with my family, lived a simple life. I enjoyed it so much,” he said at a recent media conference in line with his comeback film, “Seven Sundays” (Star Cinema).
Aga said he accepted the Cathy Garcia-Molina film, a drama-comedy, because it didn’t require him to lose weight.
“They told me I could be myself in the film,” he stated. Aga plays the eldest, the least successful, of four siblings in the family drama that centers on how the siblings prepare to accept the pending death of their father, down with a terminal illness.
It helped that he got curious working with Garcia-Molina, his first time. ‘‘She gives you good space as an actor. She motivates very well.’’
Of course, Aga admitted that a good project is all he needed to rush his weight loss regimen.
In the film’s beginning, he is shown bigger than usual, but as the story progresses, it’s noticeable that he gets down to his delectable, post-matinee idol size. By the time Aga met media, on a Sunday afternoon no less, to promote the film, he was almost back to his old look of 10 years ago.
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SAYING YES TO TELESESERYE NOW: Aga revealed he was so impressed with Ms. Garcia-Molina’s directorial prowess that he has now changed his mind about doing and not doing teleseryes.
Yes, he said. He’s now interested in starring in one, as long as Garcia-Molina would direct it.
The controversial woman director said she hoped she would still be around by then. Garcia-Molina has informed ABS-CBN she intends to stop work, meaning retire, in two years’ time. She has committed herself to two movies and at least two teleseryes within that period.
Aga revealed a sitcom with the hit-making director is also a possibility. He suggested that a sitcom starring the same cast of “Seven Sundays” be made following a very pleasant experience working with everyone on the set. They have all become good friends, he said. Like real-life siblings they have become.
Here’s the rub. You can’t count on Dingdong Dantes for the sitcom part. He’s the only Kapuso in the cast of Kapamilyas. Dingdong flashed a wry smile.
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ISSUES OF FAMILY: “Seven Sundays” gathers some of the industry’s finest actors, the likes of Ronaldo Valdez as the ailing father, Aga, Dingdong, Enrique Gil and Cristine Reyes, who comprise the siblings.
The four estranged siblings, now with families of their own, are compelled by their father, as a dying wish, to revive their old Sunday family tradition to gather for lunch in their ancestral home in the provinces. Old family issues resurface, either with humor or with pain, throughout the Seven Sundays that they reunite even as they anticipate, with fear and remorse in their hearts, the forthcoming passing of their beloved father.