‘Actor can’t be forced to have sex on camera’

2012-09-14 00:00

AN actor was told by the high court in Pretoria yesterday that he may not withdraw from a film, but can’t be forced to have sex on camera.

Lushen Naidoo, a financial analyst from Johannesburg, was yesterday instructed to provide his services as a part-time, untrained actor to the film-maker, Natalie Raphil.

The film And Now?, about life after the 2010 football World Cup, is 70% complete and set for release in February.

Raphil needs Naidoo to complete his role, otherwise all the work already done and the R8 million spent will be lost.

Naidoo said in court papers he was supposed to have sex with an actress in the toilets at the Lenasia Mall.

In a hearing this week, Judge Ferdi Preller read from the screenplay and said it didn’t seem as if totally simulated sex was being sought.

“Are we dealing with the real McCoy?” he asked lawyers.

He said that according to Raphil’s court papers, the film seemed like a Hollywood-style production, but it later emerged that it was much more amateur.

Advocate André Swanepoel, for Raphil, said actual sex was not expected of Naidoo.

According to yesterday’s court order, Naidoo is not expected to participate in actual sex with any actor or actress.

His involvement with the film will end on November 30 and he will not be expected to participate any further, for instance, by attending premiéres.

Raphil must provide Naidoo with the screenplay ahead of time and must pay him R3 000.

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