I had totally forgotten about these. I came across the first one a few years ago and then tracked down the others. I archived them, but forgot about the archive. I was searching through my files this morning and came across them again.
These are basically a series of commercials that run in British movie theaters -- they're for a mobile telephone company, Orange. The premise is that they have this division (fictional), the Orange Film Board, that finances movies, and well-known movie stars are continually pitching them ideas for films -- or one of their movies is being made, and their executives interrupt it for... (well, let's call it) creative input. The recurring characters are the Orange executives, Mr.Dresden and Mr. Elliot.
One of the funniest is with Mena Suvari, from American Beauty and the American Pie series. (I'll also add that she's in my pal Rob Hedden's comedy film, You May Not Kiss the Bride, and is a hilarious scene-chewing hoot.) I first saw her ad on one of those TV specials, The World's Funniest Commercials, but didn't have a clue what it was for. So, I tracked it down, and found out what in the world it was all about. That's when I went about tracking down as many of the theater commercials as I could. And was just blown away about how fun, inventive, and off-beat they were.
I'll post them from time to time -- thus far, I've found 20 of them. Some of the people involved are Dennis Hopper, John Cleese, Darth Vader, Sean Astin...(yes, you read that right, Darth Vader)...and Macaulay Caulkin. I'll stop there, I don't want to give them all away.
But to begin with, here's the one with Mena Suvari.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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