20 Celebs Who've Starred in Obscure Commercials
These A-listers don't mind making a buck, shilling products overseas
By FOX News Magazine
Posted May 2, 2014 2:54 PM CDT
Leonardo DiCaprio starred in a Japanese commercial for Jim Beam in 2013.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(FOX News Magazine) – With a few rare exceptions, Hollywood's biggest stars rarely slum in American television commercials. The closest they come is the occasional L'Oreal or Chanel spot, or those long-form ProActiv ads on late-night TV. (We're looking at you, Katy Perry and Adam Levine.) On the other hand, no amount of fame (or dignity) can deter an A-list celebrity from shilling products in a foreign land. Here are 20 celebs who have appeared in those little-seen advertisements:

  • Tommy Lee Jones: Tommy Lee Jones has starred in dozens of television ads for Japan's Boss coffee, appearing not as himself, but as a character called "Alien Jones" who came to Earth to study our species. More often than not, our human behavior confounds Alien Jones, leading him to seek relief at the bottom of a Boss coffee can.
  • Paul Newman: We're pretty used to seeing Paul Newman's likeness on countless Newman's Own grocery items, usually wearing a sombrero or holding a pitchfork. But it still feels rare to see Newman in a television commercial for Maxwell House coffee, especially one where he attends the world's most depressing birthday party. (Newman has appeared in Japanese Maxwell House print campaigns, as well.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio: In early 2013, Leonardo DiCaprio starred in a Japanese ad for Jim Beam. In it, DiCaprio utters a mere four words ("Cool bourbon—Jim Beam") after using his superhuman powers to reduce a block of ice into flakes for his afternoon drink.
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orlandojon
May 3, 2014 6:48 AM CDT
Liberal shills
TwoSheds
May 3, 2014 1:24 AM CDT
Leonardo DiCaprio is starting to look like fellow Wisconsinite, Orson Wells. In a few years he will be able to take Orson's place in the wine commercials.