Gene Hackman Japanese Beer Ads

Here’s an embarrassing collection of old Japanese ads for starring the usually great Gene Hackman, miscast as a romantic lead. These commercials are hilarious because Hackman looks tired, confused and disorientated throughout, and has to say incomprehensible things like “dry…dry.”

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10 Responses to Gene Hackman Japanese Beer Ads

  1. Mike says:

    Poor ol’ Gene. Laughed till I almost cried.
    Wish I was here in the 80s….

  2. roaf says:

    Yeah, it would have been amazing then!
    I wonder if this was the inspiration for Bill Murray’s whiskey commercial in Lost in Translation.

  3. pudgym says:

    At least it is beer. Pathetic Tommy Lee Jones is relegated to coffee. 😉

  4. roaf says:

    Right!
    The most embarrassing was the series of ads with Dennis Hopper searching for a rubber ducky.

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  6. Tangy says:

    Back in the early 90’s, Arnold Schwarzenegger did an add with a pop starlet of the day, Miyazawa Rie, who married 500-pound rikishi Konishiki, for one of the revitalizing drinks sold in the little bottles. The tag line for the CM was “Daijo-bui” and they made a “V” sign at the camera. I remember Arnold’s clothing as ridiculously gaudy. All this around the time Terminator 2 was coming out! Good stuff.

  7. Tangy says:

    Tom Berrenger did an add for a cigarette company in which he played a Bond-esque character escaping through European streets in a sports car.

  8. Tangy says:

    Peter Falk did an add in which he played a bartender who consoles a Japanese man who’s just turned 30. He gives him whiskey. Works all the time.

  9. roaf says:

    Cool, I’ll have to seek those out on Youtube!

    So, Konishiki married a cute starlet?
    There’s hope for me yet!

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