Photo: Ivan Nokolov/WENN.comBrad Pitt has been doing foreign commercials since the 90s. Of the celebs on these lists, he’s one of the few to hone his commercial projects down to a fine art, collaborating with high profile directors like Wes Anderson and Spike Jonze, who helmed the commercial for SoftBank below.
Photo: Judy Eddy/WENN.comBefore Snoop “Lion” traded his integrity for Hot Pockets promotions, he made the following 2008 commercial for Germany’s VibeMobile. In it he plays a German folk singer named Roy Black. Surreal doesn’t begin to describe it…
Photo: Andres Otero/WENN.comEddie Murphy selling out for foreign territories? As a longstanding fan of Best Defense, I refuse to believe it. Unfortunately it’s hard to refute the evidence below. Check out the comedian hocking Toyota Celicas to Japanese TV audiences and remind yourself this is the same guy who thought making Beverly Hills Cop III would be a good idea.
Photo: Josiah True/WENN.comArnold Schwarzenegger has done over 30 commercials for foreign territories (!), the most famous of which is a commercial for Japanese beer you can find below.
Tommy Lee Jones
Photo: PNP/WENNTommy Lee Jones may be known as an Academy Award winning actor to Americans, but in Japan he is also known as the spokesman for Suntory Boss canned coffee.
Photo: Brian To/WENN.comNo one will ever accuse Ben Stiller of turning down a paycheck. Just ask the makers of the Japanese Kirin beer he’s promoting below. It’s got everything you commonly associate with Stiller’s career—football, cheerleaders, and a product that’s so refreshing it traps its drinker in a sheet of ice. Truly, this is the culmination of the comedian’s collective artistic efforts.
Photo: WENN.comSean Connery did this Suntory Whiskey commercial at the height of his career. Fans of Lost In Translation will recognize the brand as the whiskey Bill Murray's character is promoting throughout the film.
Photo: FayesVision/WENN.comGeorge Clooney joins his pal Brad Pitt in promoting banks in the commercial below. However, the following ad is for a Norwegian Bank, not a Japanese one. I think you’ll find there’s a world of difference…
Photo: WENN.comKirin Beer continues to claim its celebrity victims with the next commercial, which sees Harrison Ford knocking back a cold one with dinner.
Photo: FayesVision/WENN.comJulia Roberts reportedly earned $1.5 million for the commercial below. In it, she promotes Italian coffee brand Lavazza Coffee without uttering a single line. That’s star power, people…
Photo: FayesVision/WENN.comOkay, he’s well known for doing commercials in the U.S., but Expendables 2 star Chuck Norris is reportedly leading the hottest advertising campaign in the Czech Republic for T-Mobile.
Photo: WENN.comThe House star has schilled for Schweppes, as you can see in the Spanish commercial below. Unfortunately, the company dubbed over his iconic voice, thus robbing the internet a chance to hear Laurie go bi-lingual. Curse you, Schweppes!
Photo: Ivan Nikolov/WENN.comSchweppes strikes again! This time with Australian beauty Nicole Kidman. In a rare celebrity sighting bonus, Rubina Ali, who played young Laitka in Slum Dog Millionaire, joins her.
Photo: WENN.comDuring the height of his success as Rambo and Rocky, Sly Stallone was schilling meats in Japan. Based on the hair, you can date this one around the time of Rocky IV or perhaps Over The Top.
Photo: Daniel Deme/WENNNow, for the crown jewel of our collection—Nicolas Cage, the cinematic king of crazy, in a montage of Japanese commercials he did in the 90s for Sankyo. The commercials advertise the company’s pachinko arcade machines, which are sort of like slot machines that exchange silverballs for prizes. This detail will be especially critical for you around 1:16 in.