Product endorsement and celebrities go together like shit and a toilet. However, there are myriad moments when companies approach these personalities with gobs of money to do advertisements in foreign lands – moments which could potentially ruin a career stateside. Everybody’s heard the rumors about Woody Allen doing some tacky commercial in Japan for millions of dollars (I couldn’t find this on Youtube) and he’s not the only one our Asian buddies have enlisted to hock products. Below is a list of my favorite commercials from foreign countries featuring either celebrities or characters from popular visual media. Thanks to Rick for pointing out the great Robocop commercials from Korea.
Also, my character study on Nomi from Showgirls should be done by the end of the week. Thanks.
Here’s a Robocop commercial where he’s hocking noodles:
Here’s one where Robocop is selling fried chicken:
Here’s one of Arnold Schwarzenegger selling some kind of bullshit Japanese energy drink from the ‘80s:
Here are two more commercials featuring Schwarzenegger. I’m pretty sure they’re Japanese because I had coffee in a can when I was in Tokyo (although it wasn’t the brand Quaid’s advertising here):
Here’s a commercial where Hulk Hogan’s selling what looks like an air conditioning unit. I remember the a/c unit in my Japanese hotel room looked like this:
The best part of this commercial is that Lucas is a terrible director. Honestly, have you even watched those new Star Wars movies? They suck and it’s not only because of the CGI, Jar-Jar Binks, and an acrobatic Yoda:
There are countless other examples of embarrassing moments for celebrities surfacing on Youtube but I don’t want to have a post featuring dozens of videos. Search these out for yourself and find those moments caught on celluloid or video where celebrities sold themselves because they thought nobody in the U.S. would see it. God bless the internet; it allows us to witness these people selling out even more than they normally do.