Charles Stone III (Budweiser “Whassup?” 1999-2002)
Charles Stone III is an American film and music video director. In 1999, he pitched Budweiser with an idea based on a joke in a short film called “True” that starred himself and his friends. The joke was “Whassup?” The initial ad, which featured Stone, aired on Monday Night Football in the fall of 1999, but it reached critical mass when it became part of Budweiser’s 2000 Super Bowl ad campaign. Stone went on to direct films such as Drumline (which co-stars Orlando Jones) and VH1’s recent CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.
Ben Curtis (Dell 2000-2003)
So, technically, Dell started airing their “Dude, You’re Getting A Dell” ads during the 2000 holiday season, but come on. Ben Curtis was Dell’s collegiate-age spokesperson from 2000 to 2003 and appeared in, yes, Super Bowl ads. His contract with Dell was suspended in 2003 when he was caught with marijuana. After that, Curtis appeared in a variety of plays and indie films. Now, he is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the band SAMVARA.
The Super Bowl airs on CBS tomorrow, Sunday February 2.
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