Why Carlo Aquino didn't make it to 'Squid Game'

Carlo Aquino

Did you know that Filipino actor Carlo Aquino was supposed to be part of the blockbuster Korean survival drama "Squid Game?"

On Instagram, Carlo shared a photo of a handwritten letter sent to him by the show's writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk.

“Dear Carlo, Thank you for your efforts. Looking forward to working with you in the near future,” it read.

“This was supposedly a role for #Squid Game,” said Carlo about it.

According to Beatrice Candaza, sister of the actor’s partner Trina, Carlo did not make it to South Korea due to the travel restrictions then brought by the pandemic.

Apparently, Trina even called her last year and told her that they would be staying in Korea for a few months.

"I’m sure there would be more opportunities," Beatrice said.

On the other hand, Trina showed support to her longtime boyfriend and father of her daughter.

“I’m still proud of you @jose_liwanag! Isipin ko na lang ikaw si Ali,” said Trina, seemingly referring to the supposed character of Carlo.

Carlo's role eventually went to Indian actor Tripathi Anupam.

"Squid Game" is a nine-episode series on Netflix starring Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo and Wi Ha-joon. The story revolves around a group of people who risk their lives in a mysterious survival game with a ₩45.6 billion prize.