10 embarrassing ‘Before They Were Famous’ commercials

By / 04.05.11

Before They Were Famous Commercials

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We’ve all got to start somewhere. Before making big bucks in Hollywood blockbusters, many actors get their starts in the less-than-ideal world of commercial advertising. Keep reading to review ten super embarrassing vintage TV commercials that feature some of today’s biggest A-list celebrities.

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10 Keanu Reeves for Corn Flakes
What kind of event requires a seating placement for hundreds of people and nothing to eat but dozens of boxes of Corn Flakes? Who cares!? The point is, it’s young Keanu Reeves’ job to put all these boxes out while dancing around like a buffoon.

9 Brad Pitt for Pringles
Yep, before he got all famous and into adopting babies and stuff, Brad Pitt was pushing Pringles as a beefed up beach boy. As you can tell by the video, it’s clear that Brad wasn’t likely hired for his acting talent, but rather his ability to keep the prime Pringles target market (ostensibly, girls aged 12 to 25) glued to the TV screen with his ripple-y muscles.

8 Tina Fey for Mutual Savings Bank
This 1995 bank commercial pretty much sums up the poor fashion choices that were the 1990s. While she may be one of the hottest ladies in comedy these days, that short mom haircut and stylish floral vest just don’t do her beautiful personality justice.

7 Leonardo DiCaprio for Bubble Yum
The truth is out, Leo’s actual totem in Inception was a single package of Bubble Yum Bubble Gum. Check the video to see a Growing-Pains-era DiCaprio using his adorable teen looks to blow your mind with the bursting flavor of this outrageous gum.

6 Bruce Willis for Seagram’s Wine Coolers
Hey, check it out — we’re just a bunch of fun-loving guy who like to sing and get tipsy off of totally manly wine coolers! While the advertising idea isn’t all that solid, what is solid is Bruce Willis’ corny dance moves and overly enthusiastic smile.

5 Morgan Freeman for Listerine
Yikes! Poor Morgan Freeman is forced to take on a somewhat racist dialect in this old-school commercial for Listerine. Clearly, Listerine was after that exciting and still fairly new idea of targeting the “ethnic” market.

4 Seth Green for Snapp’s Hamburgers
Ooh… those expensive burger joints make me SO ANGRY!! Thankfully, a young Seth Green (circa 1991) and his enthusiasm for overcharging has shown me just how terribly those “other” hamburger restaurants are treating their customers. From now on, I’m getting my burger fix at Snapp’s (FYI – Snapp’s is now Rally’s)!

3 Jack Black for Atari’s Pitfall
Little Jack Black looks about 200-lbs. lighter in this commercial for the early video game classic, Pitfall. While he may have put on a few pounds over the past couple decades, that unique enthusiasm he brings to the screen still holds true.

2 Demi Moore for Diet Coke
How far would you go to get your Diet Coke fix? Well, if you’re a young Demi Moore, you’d climb out onto a high-rise ledge to get yourself some of the sweet, sweet soda. Thankfully, despite the ridiculous shoulder pads and apparent plummet to her death, lucky Demi seems to find love in the end.

1 Lindsay Lohan for Jell-O
Here’s a sad reminder of innocence lost. Lindsay Lohan and her awesome hat team up with Bill Cosby to push Jell-O in this 1996 commercial. Though her appearance is nothing more than a cameo, I think it’s fair to say those little freckles of hers stole the show.


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About Jeff Wysaski... Jeff Wysaski is a freelance humor writer based out of Los Angeles. He has written for such esteemed online sites as Manolith, COED Magazine and Pleated Jeans. When not behind his laptop, Jeff can probably be found at a comedy show, eating a sandwich or practicing his latest ribbon dancing routine.

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