Japanese booze companies have a long history of recruiting western movie stars to peddle their products, assuring the actors that the ads will never be seen is the US. (In the 70s and 80s, they hadn’t, of course, accounted for the invention of Youtube.)
I’ve written in the past about the embarrassing Japanese commericals of Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Gene Hackman. Those guys were at the peak of their careers and shamelessly making a fast buck, but in the 1970s, no one was more washed up and desperate for cash than Orson Welles, who appeared in ads for G & G Whiskey in 1979. He was so bloated by then he only appears from the chest up!
Quite a step down for the director and star of Citizen Cain.
Welles, at least, was qualified to talk about whisky: he was a total piss-head, as you can see in these out-takes from another of his alcohol ads:
You see, although he gives the G & G Whisky brand a touch of class, the evident decline in his career was, ironically enough, a great advertisement for sobriety.
Welles’ most humiliating career low was yet to come, however, in the form of a commercial for Findus frozen peas. He berated the director, declared that the script was “shit” and stormed out of the recording session. You can hear the hilarious, oft-bootlegged out-takes below.