It just took one lewd video scandal for 20-year-old Ronnie Alonte to get noticed, but the young actor has made it clear a few times that it’s definitely not him. In fact, he pointed out glaring differences between him and the person featured on the video that’s been circulating online.
In one of his interviews, Ronnie even quipped how the young man, who is pleasuring himself in the sex tape, used his left hand when in fact the Hashtags member is right-handed. Admittedly though, the scandal video did more good to his showbiz career than harm.
“A lot of people talked about it. People started asking who Ronnie Alonte is. Then I began appearing on TV regularly and everything just worked (sic) in my favor,” says Ronnie during a pocket presscon for his latest movie.
The young actor is definitely on a roll. Right on the heels of his sold-out birthday concert at Kia Theater over the weekend, cinemagoers is going to see him in two Metro Manila Film Festival entries starting today. Ronnie is part of the lead cast of Seklusyon, a horror thriller, and Vince & Kath & James, a coming-of-age romantic film based on an online series of the same name.
In Seklusyon, a movie set in 1940s after World War II, Ronnie plays one of the four deacons (along with Dominic Roque, John Vic de Guzman, and J.R. Versales) sent to a seclusion house to keep them away from worldly desires. A week before they are ordained, Ronnie and the other three candidates for the priesthood spend time in an old retreat house, to examine their conscience and the purity of their religious intentions.
This Erik Matti masterpiece fearlessly delves into the difference and conflict between religion and spirituality, and raises questions about the sincerity of those that claim to preach the word of God. It debuted at Macau’s International Film Festival and received generally favorable reviews.
Meanwhile, in Vince & Kath & James, Ronnie plays James, Vince’s (Joshua Gracia) best friend and Kath’s (Julia Barretto) former suitor. It is based on an online series, which went viral early this year. The premise revolves around two love-struck teens, whose love blossoms after exchanging a series text messages.
Early this week, there were rumors that the Star Cinema teen flick has been pulled out as entry following the decision of MMFF committee to offer 30 percent discounts on movie tickets to senior citizens, students, and persons with disabilities.
Star Cinema on Tuesday denied the rumors and reassured the public that the production outfit is committed to provide the best in entertainment to the Filipino family this Christmas season.
In this respect, people will see two kinds of Ronnie Alonte on the big screen starting today: first in a thriller as a deacon; and then in a teen flick as a third party.