If you have watched the widely panned local music video Lingo Lingo, you would have noticed the glaring absence of Ah Boys To Men leading man Joshua Tan.
The hip-hop track is a duet by popular Ah Boys actor Tosh Zhang and singer-actor Bunz and produced by Jack Neo's J Team Productions.
While the MV features cameos by other Ah Boys co-stars Wang Weiliang and Maxi Lim, Tan, 25, was nowhere to be seen. Also missing in action was Noah Yap, who is doing his National Service.
"Unfortunately, I had another (video) shoot that day and couldn't make it for the filming of the MV," Tan told The New Paper yesterday at the press conference of Lion Moms.
Lingo Lingo has been criticised for being out of touch with regular Singaporeans because portraying Singlish in the context of supercars and a private jet.
But Tan, who plays a high-flying doctor and Vanessa Vanderstraaten's junior college sweetheart in Lion Moms, said: "I wish I could have been a part of it because it looked really cool.
"There were the wonderful cast and the private jet. It is not often in Singapore that you get to shoot these things.
"Personally, I think the video was honestly done in the spirit of fun.
"That said, I can understand if some people feel unhappy because they feel it wasn't representative of the SG50 spirit."
Added Tan: "Whenever you experiment and try new stuff, there will be people who don't like it. It is like Ah Boys To Men.
"When our first movie came out, it was something new. Thankfully for us, most people liked it.
"We are a progressive society where people can express their own views, so to each his own."
This article was first published on August 22, 2015.
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