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JC Alcantara speaks up on being an autistic character in ‘An Inconvenient Love’

"Kailangan talaga ingatan mo 'yung character na ipo-portray mo,” said JC.

Patricia Matalog
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Patricia Matalog

11/17/2022 in News
JC Alcantara speaks up on being an autistic character in ‘An Inconvenient Love’

Actor JC Alcantara got real about the challenges of portraying his character with autism spectrum disorder in the upcoming Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano-starrer "An Inconvenient Love". 

During the film's media launch last October, the RISE artist opened up about the struggles he faced while playing Dobs, Manny's (Donny) brother in the movie. 

According to JC, he only had a day to prepare for his role when it was first pitched to him by the film's director Petersen Vargas and Star Cinema's advertising and promotions head Mico del Rosario. 

"Sobrang hirap nitong role na 'to kasi meron akong pinsan same din. Habang binigay sa 'kin 'to nila Direk, sir Mico, isang araw lang, tapos kinabukasan magshu-shoot na kami. So biglaan siya," he recalled. 

Although his character is on the milder end of the spectrum, JC knows how careful he still should be when it comes to portraying such disorders on the big screen. 

"Kinabahan ako kasi hindi siya madali. Nakakaiyak siya habang ina-acting ko," JC admitted.  

"Sabi ko, grabe 'yung mga ganito. Kailangan talaga ingatan mo 'yung character na ipo-portray mo lalo na 'yung ganitong sakit,” he stressed. 

"Tinulungan naman ako ni Direk doon kung paano 'yung gagawin ko. Pero 'yung role ko naman dito is hindi naman sobrang lala," JC added. 

As previously described in the full character reveal, Dobs is the person "most important" to Manny out of all the members of his "dysfunctional family." 

Aside from JC, also part of Manny's family are Tirso Cruz III as his father, Lara Quigaman as his stepmom, Teresa Loyzaga as his mother Meryl, and Maxene Magalona as his sister.  

"An Inconvenient Love" follows the story of Ayef, a convenience store staff who dreams of becoming an international animator, and Manny, a boutique plant shop owner by day and secret social activist by night.   

Both believing that love is just another inconvenience, they agree to a contractual love with an expiration date. As the dreaded expiration date nears, will they end their contractual relationship or will love end their inconvenient beliefs?  

Watch their story unfold exclusively in cinemas this Nov. 23! 

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