It’s common knowledge that DirecTV has a history of taking famous movie scenes, and swapping one of the actors with an up-to-date version of them. Normally these advertisements are slightly comical. But how do we all feel about them using the late/great Chris Farley, or any other actor/actress that has gone on to the next world?
Personally, I think the adds are awesome. They found at least one major star from the film they’re using, then get the actor/actress to address the viewers in pure Zack Morris style. On top of that, DirecTV is just trying to sell a product in a cleaver way. After all, who doesn’t like Tommy Boy? Or even Poltergeist, for that matter? Apparently YouTube. From Yahoo:
“Some viewers are upset with DirecTV’s newest commercial, a recreation of a scene in “Tommy Boy” that combines new footage of David Spade interacting with Chris Farley, who died of a drug overdose in 1997. In the classic scene from the 1995 comedy, a present-day Spade dismisses Farley’s antics with the sarcastic remark, “Never gets old.” Viewers on YouTube called the spot “distasteful” and a “stupid idea.”
Take a look at some of the other stars who delved into their old rolls to get you to buy DirecTV.
Craig T. Nelson: Poltergeist
William Shatner: Star Trek
Christopher Lloyd: Back to the Future
Kathy Bates: MISERY
Robert Patrick: Terminator 2
Sigourney Weaver: Aliens
Should DircTV quit using kick ass movie scenes with dead stars in them? What are your thoughts?