Sunday, July 8, 2007

Seeing double

So I was watching the Dunkin' Donuts commercial that Windier aptly criticized here, and I replayed that first line a couple of times. As I listened to how poorly it was delivered, I thought, "Where have I heard that weird, full-throated voice before?" Then I remembered a fun little number that Maytag cooked up a while back. Same voice, same level of acting, hell, even the same hackneyed, deer-in-the-headlights gape:

Sure looks like the same dumbshit, doesn't it? Was it the same director for both ads? That would be kind of weird, since both companies have different agencies (Dunkin' Donuts=Hill, Holiday; Maytag=Publicis NY.)

Then it hit me, like Rachael Ray in a donut shop. That guy's only job at that office was fixing copiers! Once the Maytag Man came along and started replacing toner cartridges for free, they let him go. The first job he could land was as a janitor at a Dunkin' Donuts. Mm, what a shame. Hope that job works out for you, fella -- sure wouldn't want you popping up in a Century 21 commercial. There's no way that's a position with a lot of job security.

1 comment:

Windier E. Megatons said...

There's definitely the same confused gape in both of those frames. It's hard to tell for sure if it's the same guy since he has so little to say in the Dunkin' Donuts ad, but I wouldn't be surprised. Commercials recycle all the time - like, the smug Asian guy from the Cingular ads? He's in Shell commercials and an ad for the Home Depot, and this is just in the last six months.