Everyone’s taken a truly odd job at some point in their life to pay the rent. The difference between normal people and movie stars is that for those movie stars, those truly odd jobs were goofy commercials. What does that mean? It means that we can watch and laugh at them anytime we want.
5) Stanley Tucci for Levi’s
When you think of Stanley Tucci, you undoubtedly think of a sexy, toned, swarthy man who enjoys wearing tank tops and dancing. And when you think of New York in 1980s, you undoubtedly think of people happily dancing in the streets in their Levi’s jeans. Which is why this ad makes so much sense because it puts the two together. No. Wait. What?
[Photo Credit: Haagen-Dazs & Facebook]
4) Brad Pitt for Toyota
Most actors do embarrassing commercials when they’re young and trying to pay the rent. Most A-list stars do embarrassing commercials in Japan when they want to buy a new mansion. Brad Pitt’s Japanese commercial for Toyota is particularly embarrassing because Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” was brought into it for some reason.
3) Bruce Willis for Seagrams Wine Coolers
Oh boy. Okay, so Bruce Willis wasn’t always a world famous tough guy. In the 80s, he plugged along like a lot of actors in television roles and commercials. However, this ad for Seagrams Wine Coolers makes little to no sense. What dudes sing on patios together? What dudes dance around on patios together? What dudes drink wine coolers and use said wine coolers as microphones on patios? Everything about this ad is gorgeously goofy.
2) Bradley Cooper for Haagen-Dazs
Bradley Cooper has slaved away on stage and screen for years to earn respect as an actor and to become a bona fied movie star. This past year, he even scooped up an Oscar nomination. So, naturally the next step in his career was to star in a commercial where he brings a pint of vanilla (!?!?!) ice cream to a fancy party and then gets seduced by a woman who steals his ice cream away. If you want to see what brilliant training an actor at the New School gets, watch the look on Cooper’s face when he realizes the woman isn’t going to eat the ice cream with a spoon.
1) Mary J. Blige for Burger King
Mary J. Blige’s commercial transcends goofiness, twists into absurdity and then comes out the other side as downright confusing and offensive. For some reason, Burger King’s new fried chicken wraps got Blige so excited she had to sing about them (and lettuce and tomato). The ad got pulled because it offended people and Blige was furious when she realized that her contribution to the ad campaign could be construed as racist. This commercial isn’t just embarrassing for Blige because it’s racist; this commercial is also really weird.