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Tommy Lee Jones is "Alien Jones"

In a series of commercials that seems destined for internet stardom (and is currently a hot item going around), Tommy Lee Jones has been doing spots for a Japanese beverage company ... as an alien come down to Earth to find out more about humanity by taking the shape of a human. The shtick is that he discovers some of the weirdness that's in Japan and also discovers the joy of Suntory BOSS coffee-in-a-can, and is almost completely deadpan. It's ... surreal. But somehow Tommy Lee manages to keep an air of class about him throughout.

There have been at least 12 so far. The voice-over of his thoughts sounds like a relatively famous Japanese voice actor. Some favorites of mine:

The first commercial is hard to follow without a translation, but the second one is his first in the vein of "job, followed by coffee" gig.

For the eleventh Jones is working at a hot spring listening to the visitors when one challenges him to a game of ping pong, with hilarious results.

For number 12, he's holding the lights for a photographer. In Akihabara, the electronics/otaku/geekiest district in Tokyo. For people taking pictures of cosplayers in the street. And ends his day getting service in a maid cafe. O.O His cheeks like light up at the end.

And now I have passed on some of the weirdness.

- Pookah


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Feb. 6th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Yes. Oh, god, yes. Now, can someone get him a script for a real movie? I feel certain this was brought on by that thing where he had to babysit cheerleaders....
Feb. 6th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
This reminds me a lot of 'Lost in Translation', the scenes where Bill Murray is shooting the commercial.

*long string of japanese* 'What did he say?' 'With intensity'...

Classic stiff.
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