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After his ‘Heneral Luna’ stint, John Arcilla dreams of portraying ‘Juan Luna’!

Arcilla bagged the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice International Film Festival for his performance in the film ‘On The Job: The Missing 8.’

After playing Antonio Luna in the award-winning film ‘Heneral Luna,’ John Arcilla shared his dreams of bringing to life the renowned Filipino painter-hero Juan Luna’s story someday.

During the unboxing of his Volpi Cup from the Venice International Film Festival, Arcilla revealed two projects he aspires to accomplish as an actor.

First, he wants a play from the Cultural Center of the Philippines to be adapted into a movie.

Second, he wishes to play Juan Luna on a project.

“Isa sa pinakagusto ko talaga aside from ‘Heneral Luna’ is ‘yung Juan Luna, the painter, ‘yung brother niya. Gusto ko gawin ‘yun. Kasi kahit napaka-colorful pareho ng kanilang character, si Antonio Luna kasi is fire, very furious, parang naglalagablab.

“Si Juan Luna naman ang demeanor niya, ang quality ng kaniyang rhythm ng personality niya is water. Kaya lang ang water ‘pag nagalit ‘yan, nagiging tidal wave. So iba siya. Sana mangyari ‘yung Juan Luna. Magawa ko lang ‘yun parang nakumpleto ko na ‘yung history… parang kumpleto ko na halos ‘yung mga bayani na pwede ko gawin.”

Arcilla explained why he loves to portray Juan Luna in a future project—Luna is gentle but destructive. The only thing that hinders them from producing the movie is asking for permission from the family of the ex-wife of Luna.

Arcilla bagged the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice International Film Festival for his performance in ‘On The Job: The Missing 8.’



“Ito ang the best, the best na award na na-receive ko so far. It’s really, really wonderful. It means championship. Talaga namang golden cup. Sobrang saya ko award na ito!” he proudly shared.

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