Kapamilya actor Paulo Avelino finally spoke up about the viral photo of his private part taken from his recent film, Fan Girl. He said that people shouldn’t spread it on social media as he said it is a form of piracy.
Paulo expressed his objections to the spread of the said photos during the Zoom blogger’s conference for his film held on Monday, December 28.
The actor said that “Ayun nga, e, parang I also think it’s a form of piracy, itong mga pag-i-screenshot.”
“Ang dali namang pag-usapan, ang dali namang ikalat ng balita pero huwag naman sa point na ini-screen cap ‘tapos ina-upload pa sa social media.”
The 32-year-old actor mentioned that his biggest concern about the photos spreading was how the audience may view them. He said that there might be kids on social media who will see the photos which he said was inappropriate.
“Unang-una, maawa naman kayo sa mga underage na makakakita. For sure, may mga bata diyan,” said Paulo.
“Pangalawa, hindi siya nakakatulong para sa pelikula. Mas na-appreciate ko sana if pinag-usapan na lang and sinabing panuorin iyong Fan Girl, may makikita kayo,” he added.
He said that the production team of his movie are all working to find ways to take down the photos.
“Ang daming ways to handle it pero the whole team is finding a way to purge these photos,” he said.
Paulo tried to look at the situation from a different perspective that’s why he realized that he can still gain the attention of people even for such reasons. He said that the ticket sales of the film could climb as well because of the situation.
“I don’t think it would stop, but like I said sa isang interview ko, siguro, we’ll just have a positive outlook of it, the same way na sinasabi nila sa artista na bad publicity is still publicity,” he said.
“So siguro, same lang sa pelikula namin, sana nakatulong sa pag-akyat ng sales sa pagbili ng tickets,” he added.
Meanwhile, Paulo’s co-star in the film, Charlie Dizon, has also expressed her opinion on the matter. She said that she felt bad that some people judged the film based on just one photo. The actress hoped that those people would watch the film and come to appreciate its overall story.
“Noong una, medyo nakaka-feel bad na iyon iyong nakakakita ng tao na sana, mas makita nila na mas maganda iyong pelikula, mas may istorya, at mas may sense.”
The director of ‘Fan Girl’, Antoinette “Tonet” Jadaone said that one positive thing from the spread of Paulo’s pictures is that people would be curious about the film and decide to watch it.
“Ang isang magandang bagay doon ay when they see those photos and when they decide to watch the film because of those photos, parang sabi nga sa Fan Girl na social media account, ‘They came for Paulo’s eme but they stayed for the woman,’” Direk Tonet said.
“They think it’s all about that private thing but it’s actually a small part of a whole,” she added.
“Fan Girl” first premiered in Japan at the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival before being one of the official entries of the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). Both the stars of the film, Paulo Avelino and Charlie Dizon, won the best actor and actress awards in the MMFF 2020.