7:46 pm - 03/23/2009

Actors And Their Sad History of Tiny Paydays

Lindsay might be selling herself on the Italian market to pay the bills these days, but plenty of celebrities don't wait until they are famous before showing up in commercials.

Michael Emerson
(-12:00 time mark)
Most people know Emerson as the shadowy Ben from ABC's Lost, but this 1992 educational video for the Federal Bureau of Prisons reveals that America's favorite anti-hero once did hard time. Makes sense.

LOL. Oh Ben.

Hugh Laurie
Sure, everyone knows about Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster, and A Little Bit of Fry and Laurie, but what about House M.D.'s lesser-known hits? This Young Ones-esque Polaroid commercial from the 80s is what Gregory House had to do to pay the med school bills, apparently.

Brad Pitt
Look, there are worse things in life than shilling for Pringles. Like the coif that Brad is sporting in this early video appearance. ::Shudder:

George Clooney
Before being the resident sexy-chinned doctor on ER, Mr. Clooney was making Japanese car commercials. Which is funny, because usually the overseas product selling doesn't happen until after you're already famous. (See: Leo, Arnold.)

Paul Rudd
I'm convinced Paul Rudd is a warlock who never ages. And thanks to this 90s French Super Nintendo commercial, I finally have proof.

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tankmachine 24th-Mar-2009 03:21 am (UTC)
ot but i appreciate your say hi icon
goldaline87 24th-Mar-2009 03:29 am (UTC)
yelleatme 24th-Mar-2009 03:51 am (UTC)
I love Say Hi! Just started listening to them about a month ago :)
grammaire 24th-Mar-2009 03:22 am (UTC)
deathcabparami 24th-Mar-2009 03:24 am (UTC)
awww. paul rudd. <3
_beka 24th-Mar-2009 03:24 am (UTC)
hahaha these are pretty funny!

watching Paul Rudd's commercial makes me love my Super Nintendo!! to this day i still play on it becuz for me all the new stuff is 2 high tech and confusing.
aegoceros 24th-Mar-2009 03:24 am (UTC)
UNF. I feel like a creep. The first time I saw that video with Michael Emerson, all I could think was, "I would tap that till it BLED."

Seriously, though. He is a beautiful man ♥
aegoceros 24th-Mar-2009 03:30 am (UTC)
It's on Michaelemerson.net. xD I watched it once, and then went back and watched again.
blenderhead 24th-Mar-2009 03:29 am (UTC)
smoore23 24th-Mar-2009 03:24 am (UTC)
woo! ben! lol that's great.

and lol @ clooney's winking ;D
wonderpup 24th-Mar-2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Wasn't there a much larger post with many more celebrities about this same thing not too long ago?
goldaline87 24th-Mar-2009 03:31 am (UTC)
There was a post of commercials American celebs did in Japan. Really this was just an excuse to post the Ben video. It must be seen by the world.
saltireflower 24th-Mar-2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Awww. Paul Rudd is still a cutie.
tx5mym5 24th-Mar-2009 03:27 am (UTC)
Michael Emerson looks so weird and cute with all that hair. It makes his eyes look bigger. But he looks adorable in that blazer.
nunya_b 24th-Mar-2009 03:27 am (UTC)
i'd like hugh laurie to make those faces while on top of me in bed.
blenderhead 24th-Mar-2009 03:28 am (UTC)
Aw, Michael looks adorable. And LOL at Hugh.

<3 SNES. I still really enjoy playing mine.
okgoawaynow 24th-Mar-2009 03:30 am (UTC)
aww hugh
tx5mym5 24th-Mar-2009 03:30 am (UTC)
The Polaroid and SNES are making me supernostaglic.
wintourseason ~unforgettable~24th-Mar-2009 06:47 am (UTC)
tx5mym5 Re: ~unforgettable~24th-Mar-2009 09:29 am (UTC)

Excellent use of an image. ilu
the_wolski 24th-Mar-2009 03:31 am (UTC)
marmar627 24th-Mar-2009 03:32 am (UTC)
God, I would love to play SNES with Rudd.
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