Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Hanes Some Other Way

Have you seen the commercial for Hanes underwear with Michael Jordan and Kevin Bacon? It shows them cavorting around, with Kevin trying, in different scenarios, to make a basket - whether its trying to throw something in a trashcan or maybe clothes in a hamper. With each attempt, his shot is blocked by MJ.

Cute, isn't it.

Until I saw the commercial for like, oh, the 50th time, and realized that the two actors are pieced together in one shot. They weren't even in the same studio at the same time!

Were these two guys that busy that they had to shoot their scenes on different days, in possibly different cities, in order to make an underwear commercial?? It's underwear, forpetesake. The whole spot lasts maybe 15 seconds. And Michael gives the same action in all his scenes - shaking his head in disbelief while flashing that "oh, you unathletic white boy you" smile of his - it could be the same shot over and over. Hell, it might not ever be Jordan's arm in the shot; it could just be a stand-in.

However whatever animosity I might feel over this commercial is quickly erased by the new Hanes commercial of the two guys playing a form of dodgeball in their skivvies. Holy Schnikes!

Does it make any sense? Nah. Do I care? Not a bit! But I wonder if MJ can now be included in the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Game even though he really is not in the same room with him?


  1. 1). MJ was in Space Jam with Bill Murray

    2). Bill Murray was in Charlies Angels with Cameron Diaz

    3). Cameron Diaz was in The Mask with Jim Carrey.

    4). Jim Carrey was in Batman Forever with Tommy Lee Jones

    5). Tommy Lee Jones was in Space Cowboys with Donald Sutherland

    6). Donald Sutherland was in JFK with Keving Bacon

    I RULE!!!!!

  2. gimme men in underware playing with balls any day.

    thank you.

  3. And why would Kevin and Michael be lounging around together in their underwear anyway?? That commercial is illogical in so many ways. Stupid.

    Ooooohhh me likes the dodgeball underwear ads. Yummy.

  4. 15 seconds of commercial time equals a day & 1/2 of shooting time. So unless you have however many thousands of dollars to buy up the time of both celebs, Hanes did the economic thing and duped the two films together. It's not new but it's more obvious than most.