While he is considered as one of the most notable names of his age in the acting industry, Paulo Avelino confessed the pressure on his shoulders as the actor to portray national hero Gregorio del Pilar in the film “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral.”
“Of course may (there is) pressure from ‘Heneral Luna,’” the 29-year-old actor revealed in an interview with PUSH.
The prequel ‘Heneral Luna’ about General Antonio Luna who led the Philippine Revolutionary Army during the Philippine-American war, starring renowned actor John Arcilla, was a box office hit in 2015. It broke the record to become the highest grossing historical film, despite offering a 50% discount to its student viewers.
Paulo already made a cameo as Goyo in the prequel, but in this upcoming film, he will now be taking the limelight.
“Pero dito sa ‘Goyo’ kasi, malamang gusto din ng marami na mapanuod at ang main goal talaga namin at makagawa ng dekalidad na pelikula (But most likely a lot of people wanting to watch ‘Goyo,’ our main goal is to be able to produce a film of quality),” Paulo added in the same interview.
With regards to quality, he also opened how long the shooting took.
“Matagal-tagal din naming ginawa ang ‘Goyo.’ Siguro umabot kami ng halos pitong buwan, 60 shooting days maliban pa sa mga araw na kailangan naming mag-rehearsal ng pagpatalon ng kabayo (It took us some time to shoot ‘Goyo.’ Perhaps we reached seven months, 60 shooting days not including those days that we had rehearsals in making horses jump),” he shared.
‘Heneral Luna’ and ‘Goyo’ were directed by Jerrold Tarog.
Last year, Paulo’s name was also making noise as he starred in the Metro Manila Film Fest (MMFF) entry “Ang Larawan” which won several awards including: Best Picture, Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award, Special Jury Prize, Best Musical Score, and Best Production Design. It was a musical based from national artist Nick Joaquin’s “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino.”
Paulo can also be watched daily in the afternoon serye “Asintado.”