Yes, that does appear to be the guy who gets dissed in that Michael Jordan Hanes ad from last year, but now he’s the star of this latest Carl’s Jr. effort from David&Goliath that promotes the chain’s “Made from Scratch” biscuits. The mustachioed stranger in the ad above emerges from the sand and interrupts some SoCal beach revelry with his over-exaggerated drawl and basketful of buttery treats. We guess his intrusion, though, is not as egregious as Carl’s Jr. actually trying to convince people that they make biscuits like those scrumptious ones from the south. Could we just bring back Olivia Munn already? Credits after the jump.
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Like it or not, Kobe Bryant is now the international ambassador of basketball. He’s probably not as recognizable overseas as Michael Jordan, but if he completes his second NBA championship three-peat this year, the comparisons between Kobe and “His Airness” will go on for decades.
While not quite suited to make a major motion picture with cartoons like Jordan (due to, you know, those rape allegations that happened a few years back), Los Angeles’ large market and Kobe’s 14+ years in the league make him much larger of a presence overseas than say, Lebron James. This Smart Car ad follows Kobe’s appearance in a controversial Turkish Airlines spot that aired earlier this month.
While Smart Cars look as those they would explode if ever in any sort of fender bender, Kobe’s driving and basketball-throwing skills save the day and an apparently priceless, ugly piece of art. I wouldn’t doubt Kobe keeps a basketball in his glove compartment should international art thieves try to ruin someone’s day. The most surprising factor? At 6’6″, Kobe can actually fit in one of those cars. Looks like Smart Cars are trying to position themselves as Mini Coopers did during car chase scenes from The Bourne Identity a decade ago. Pardon us if we’re a little skeptical about this.
No matter your opinion on Nike and W+K’s “Rise” spot featuring Lebron James, you more than likely had some sort of reaction to it. The ad was interesting enough, or at least quotable enough, to spawn a wealth of parodies including South Park’s own shot at Lebron’s “excuses.” In fact, when the series’ anti-hero Eric Cartman tries to use the “What should I do” rhetoric on his superhero friends, they simply respond, “You should fuck off.” Ouch.
When LeBron James skipped college to join the NBA, many were skeptical if someone being touted as the “greatest ever” should skip an NCAA basketball career. After all, Michael Jordan went to college, and ended up winning the University of North Carolina an NCAA title while he was there. As James quickly became one of the NBA’s elite players, the comparisons to Jordan kept coming, which James embraced by getting “Chosen One” tattooed on his back. Of course, when after years of failure with the Cleveland Cavaliers, James opted to join the Miami Heat’s new “super team” as opposed to sticking it out with his old team, the comparisons turned into sharp criticisms.
History tells us that James’ move was the exact opposite of his hero’s. While Jordan’s Bulls suffered years of playoff losses at the hands of the Detroit Pistons, Jordan didn’t join a “super team” with friends Magic Johnson or Larry Bird. Instead, he stuck it out with the team that drafted him, netting six NBA championships in the process. Jordan’s own brand couldn’t create an ad like this taking on their parent company Nike, though Jordan has spoken out against James in the press. But, this remix with an older Jordan brand commercial works well enough, and you can visualize #23 speaking directly to the former #23 in the closing lines, “Maybe, I destroyed the game. Or, maybe you’re just making excuses.” Game: Jordan.
We’ve covered the first two spots in this campaign so might as well complete the trifecta with this lighthearted, somewhat surprising spot for NBA 2K11, starring the best in the game today (IMO), Mr. Kobe Bryant.
Even the Los Angeles Lakers superstar is excited to play as or alongside the iconic Air Jordan in this well-received game. But as Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie blog points out, the shining moment might be Kobe’s smirk when Shaq makes a cameo.
Andre Iguodala, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, Josh Smith and Russell Westbrook are back in this new spot for NBA 2K11 from 72andSunny, Robot Films and director Chris Robinson (yeah, we’re hyped for the NBA season to start, so sue us). Since our last encounter with these pro ballers, they’ve moved on from idolizing Michael Jordan but are still fixated on the Chicago Bulls of old.
The first spot was funny and the athletes did a great job with their acting skills as they also did in this spot so why not keep it going?