13 Famously Weird Celebrity Commercials

Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and Bruce Willis (Photos: YouTube)

Before hitting it big in Hollywood, some of today’s most powerful stars got their start in obscure (and often hilarious) television commercials.

But even the world’s richest and most famous celebrities occasionally jump the pond to cash in on international ad dollars by appearing in ads for soda, beer, soup, air conditioners and more. Perhaps Arnold Schwarzenegger thought no one outside of Japan would see his wacky energy drink ad. He thought wrong.

Keep clicking to see Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Nicolas Cage and more A-list stars as you’ve never seen them before — shamelessly shilling for everyday products.



13. Ben Affleck for Burger King

Three years before getting his big break in “School Ties,” Ben Affleck was appearing in TV movies and delivering fast food… in this 1989 commercial.

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12. Jason Alexander for McDonalds’ McD.L.T.

Just before his career took off with “Seinfeld,” Jason Alexander sang and danced while promoting this short-lived McDonalds sandwich in 1985.

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11. Bruce Willis for Seagrams wine coolers

After watching Bruce croon his way through a front-porch rendition of the wine cooler blues in the late ’80s, it’s amazing that his career didn’t die hard with a vengeance.

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10. Mikhail Gorbachev for Pizza Hut

The former president of the Soviet Union stumping for pizza? It happened in 1998.

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9. Orson Welles for Paul Masson wine

These outtakes from Hollywood legend Orson Welles’ late-’70s wine commercial are far more interesting (and famous) than the final product.

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8. Brad Pitt for Pringles potato chips

This 1988 ad for Pringles promotes potato chips as “the fever reliever,” although it’s unlikely that statement was evaluated by the FDA.

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7. Fred Flintstone for Winston cigarettes

My, how times have changed. In this early ’60s ad, beloved children’s cartoon character Fred Flintstone promotes the great taste of cigarettes.

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6. James Brown for Nissin miso soup

The Godfather of Soul feels really, really good about miso soup, as evidenced by his funky 1992 commercial for the Japanese brand Nissin.

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5. Jennifer Aniston for Heineken beer

Once again, Jen finds herself passed up for something a bit more intoxicating… beer.

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4. Ringo Starr and the Monkees for Pizza Hut

Ringo joined forces with the Monkees in 1995 to promote the pizza giant’s new “stuffed crust” product. And the rest is cheesy history.

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3. Hulk Hogan for Bigflow air conditioners

What’cha gonna do when it gets a little too hot in your house? In 1990, the Hulkster told his Japanese fans to go out and buy an air conditioner… and a baby?

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2. Nicolas Cage for Sankyo pachinko

Pachinko is a Japanese arcade game. And, apparently, Nic Cage is absolutely bonkers over it.

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1. Arnold Schwarzenegger for Alinamin energy drink

Just watch it (circa 1990s).

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