When asked to comment on how he feels about taking the leading role in the 30th anniversary commemorative work of FujiTV's famous Getsuku timeslot (Mondays 9pm), Aiba said that he feels the pressure if he keeps thinking about this so he tries to think more about putting in his best while acting in this drama. Especially since he had taken on the huge task of being the Kouhaku host at the end of last year, Aiba couldn't help but marvel at being given another chance to do a Getsuku drama again since his first in 2015. As his group Arashi is singing the theme song "I'll be there" for this drama, his fellow members had actually asked him what he was doing in the drama since his character is supposed to be doing nothing after all.
Before the event, Aiba appeared in a horse carriage but the white horse did not want to walk anymore halfway due to the loud cheers around so Aiba had to alight and walk in at the end. He was then asked to undergo a test to distinguish between a cake which used a 30-year-old wine and one which used ordinary grape juice. In front of 1,000 fans who had gathered for the event, Aiba passed the buck to Matsushige instead as he said that his character does not do any guessing nor reasoning in the drama. Luckily, Matsushige managed to pass the test which led to the audience cheering for him.
As the filming has been going on till late at night recently, Namase said that there was once when they were all still up at 3am and a staff accidentally made a sound during the filming. Even though he thought that Aiba might get mad at the staff member when he walked up to the latter, he actually just said "ssh" softly to the person and continued to focus on the filming which led to Namase feeling that Aiba is a good leader who they can follow. Namase also commented that he had finally achieved a "grand slam" as he had worked with all the Arashi members to date except for Aiba until this drama came along. Nakayama, Matsushige and Igawa also praised Aiba for looking very good and convincing in his nobleman costumes and with his gentlemanly gestures.
As for working with Takei, Aiba said that she is the only one younger than him on the set and he had hoped that she would chat freely with him but unfortunately, she didn't. As such, Aiba wondered if Takei did not like him which led to Takei denying it and saying that she found it too funny to be looking at Aiba who was always dressed in the nobleman costumes on the set. Hearing that, Aiba "complained" that he couldn't help it anyway since this was how his character was supposed to be in the drama.
Sources: Nikkansports / Sponichi / Oricon / Eiga.com