By Cheong Poh Kwan, RazorTV
It started off as a joke.
A week after the release of his latest film Ah Boys to Men, local director Jack Neo told Lianhe Wanbao that if his latest movie were to trump Money No Enough in the box office, he would take his young "recruits" for a victory swim in Singapore river - naked.
Little did he expect that Ah Boys to Men - which is the first of a two-parter - would go on to earn $6.06m in six weeks, smashing the 14-year record held by Money No Enough, which grossed $6.02m in five months back in 1998.
So will Neo and his team really celebrate by going skinny dipping as promised?
"I've already asked the publicity team to get clearance from the relevant departments, so we can do it legally," said a radiant Neo at the ice-breaking ceremony for his movie at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel on Friday (Dec 22).
But the 56-year-old director himself is having second thoughts about joining his cast.
"I'm still considering. But I always remember what I was taught in the army, that a sergeant must always lead by example... So if I really do it, I hope I won't put too many people off."
Made to commemorate the 45th anniversary of National Service, the two-part Ah Boys to Men tells the NS journeys of four young men who come from different socio-economic backgrounds.
Part II is slated for release on February 1, 2013 and it will feature blogger Mr Brown in a cameo role.
Catch RazorTV for more on the movie and its leading men who have shot to fame overnight.