Coco Martin's frontal nudity in "Serbis" is a 'breach of trust,' says his manager

Jun 6, 2008
Actor Coco Martin reportedly has frontal nudity in the movie Serbis, which competed at the recently-concluded Cannes International Film Fetsival. Coco's manager, Noel Ferrer, said that there was a "breach of trust" in that particular scene.

Was there really a "breach of trust" when Coco Martin did the frontal nudity scene in Serbis?

In competition ang Serbis ni Brillante "Dante Mendoza" sa katatapos lang na 61st Cannes International Film Festival. Last year, nakasama si Dante sa Director's Fortnight ng Cannes for his film Foster Child. Cannes has this strict requirement na hindi puwedeng mag-compete ang isang direktor hangga't hindi pa ito nakakapag-exhibition.

Although Serbis did not receive glowing reviews from the critics, may isang pinag-usapan na eksena sa pelikula, ayon na rin sa mga nakapanood na Pinoy na nandoon. Ito ay ang frontal nudity ni Coco sa isang eksena.

Tiyempo namang nakita ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sina Coco and his manager Noel Ferrer sa Starbucks Tomas Morato last Thursday night, May 29. Kararating pa lang that time ni Coco from France as part of the Serbis contingent.

We asked Coco outright kung tunay nga siyang nag-frontal for the movie. Pero ang manager niyang si Noel ang sumagot on his behalf.

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"Kapatid, ibigay mo na sa akin ito. Ako na lang ang sasagot, hindi ito maipalalabas sa Pilipinas," paikot na sagot sa amin ni Noel.

So we asked again if there is such a scene. Mas nakakaintriga ang dagdag na paliwanag ni Noel.

"There was a breach of trust," sabi niya.

Hindi sumasagot si Coco sa sunud-sunod na tanong namin, letting his manager do the talking for him. His facial reaction revealed though that he was not happy about what happened.

Sa tanong kung saan part ba ng Serbis nag-frontal si Coco, hindi ito masagot exactly ng aktor dahil it turned out, hindi niya pinanood ang pelikula noong nandoon siya. He was at the gala performance pero hindi siya pumasok sa sinehan.

We returned to the "breach of trust" thing, pero hindi na ito na-explain fully nina Coco at Noel.

"Wala ito sa usapan. Napilitan lang siya to do the scene dahil nanay-nanayan niya si Dante," sabi ni Noel. "Pero nangako naman si Dante na hindi ito ipalalabas sa Pilipinas."

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We asked Noel to be specific—ang frontal ba o ang pelikula? Ang pagkakaalam namin, nagpapatulong na nga ang production ng initial press release for Serbis.

For sure daw na hindi maipalalabas sa Pilipinas ang frontal nudity ni Coco, sabi ni Noel, dahil part na ito ng usapan nila after all has been said and done. Hindi naman siya sigurado sa movie dahil very sensitive ang topic nito, about a family whose business is giving "service" in an old theater.

Both the careers of Dante as a director and Coco as an independent actor were launched successfully via the independent movie Masahista (The Masseur).
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Actor Coco Martin reportedly has frontal nudity in the movie Serbis, which competed at the recently-concluded Cannes International Film Fetsival. Coco's manager, Noel Ferrer, said that there was a "breach of trust" in that particular scene.
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