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Bryan Cranston leaves the meth empire for the Apple empire in iPad Air ad

Bryan Cranston leaves the meth empire for the Apple empire in iPad Air ad
Big name actors love doing voice-over work on commercials, because it is a quick and easy way to pull in some extra cash without having to agree to be the face of a company. That's why you get actors like George Clooney selling Budweiser, John Krasinski in a BlackBerry ad, Jon Hamm selling Mercedes-Benz, and now we get Walter White Bryan Cranston in an iPad Air commercial.

The ad is the same one that Apple showed during its event on Tuesday, and the idea is a good one. It's not exactly the most surprising ad, because it starts out as though it were an ad for a pencil, and really, when was the last time you saw a commercial that was actually for a pencil? It goes through the usual tropes about how an "extremely simple tool" can also be "extremely powerful" and has been used everywhere from classrooms to space, before revealing that (what?!) it's a commercial for the iPad Air, and not just a common pencil. 

Of course, the more interesting thing about the commercial (other than the oddly used and not so well done CGI pencil) is that the voice over is done by none other than Bryan Cranston, who was once known as Malcolm's dad, but will likely be forever remembered now as Walter White (aka Heisenberg) in Breaking Bad


source: Apple & YouTube via The Verge

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posted on 24 Oct 2013, 09:08 5

1. nexusdude (Posts: 139; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


So Apple showed us that there's a under 1 dollar iPad alternative.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 09:57 5

7. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Troll...

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 11:29

18. nexusdude (Posts: 139; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


Not troll, just a joke you seem to be taking quite personal.
In fact, the iPad mini 2 is catching my eye already.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 12:18 2

23. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Apple has been really weird lately. First they include 64bit on the iPhone 5s for no apparent reason. Then they come out with Touch ID as some kind of secure password alternative but fail to include it on their new iPads... and then they name their flagship tablet after the "Air"... why would they do that without a "Pro" version??? IDK its morning for me :( i need some caffeine :P

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 16:51

29. GeekyGene (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 Aug 2013)


"First they include 64bit on the iPhone 5s for no apparent reason."

....... *eye roll*

ARMv8 is 64bit. That's one reason.

"and then they name their flagship tablet after the "Air"... why would they do that without a "Pro" "

Seems like a 'Pro' is on the cards for next year. That's why the naming is intriguing -it's taking on the naming of their notebooks.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 09:21 2

2. duder52 (Posts: 27; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


nooooooooooooooooo!

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 09:35 13

3. tech2 (Posts: 1773; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Yo, Nice voice over, BITCH !

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 09:43

6. gust3r3u (Posts: 78; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


ahahahaha

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 09:35 3

4. Sauce (unregistered)


Love this ad. Apple has always been the exalted king of marketing.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 10:09 2

9. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


sorry that prize goes to Samsung!!

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 11:17

17. grapeseed87 (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


Um, yeah no. Just Switch ;)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vR4LeL0yzE

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 12:11 2

21. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


Good God bro, how much does Apple pay you a day?

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 14:12 2

26. DaHarder (Posts: 152; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


He's just been eating way too much of that Apple 'Sauce'. :-)

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 14:48

27. Sauce (unregistered)


Lmao this made me laugh. I didnt think of it that way. Just have always been using my gamer tag as a username for websites. Funny though :)

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 09:39

5. Sainiwinchester (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


REMEMBER...MY..NAME....Bitch./..// ipad //.in this cas .

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 10:02

8. bucky (Posts: 1291; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Great ad

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 10:18 5

10. Atlas (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


I'd buy the pencil instead.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 10:30

14. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


LOL! Good one

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 12:12

22. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


If it had apple logo on it and Apple advertised that the Pencil was indeed a better product than the iPad Sauce and Darkkjeddi most definitely would.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 14:52 1

28. Sauce (unregistered)


You haven't heard? They sell all that stuff man, even your favorite company has smart pencils and pens. Just go to pen island dot com :)

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 10:24

11. yadu004 (Posts: 62; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


Hope the quality of the Tablet is 99%!!

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 10:29

12. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Nooooo!!!!! Can't bear Bryan being taken over by the Apple camp.. Google should rope in Jesse for Nexus 10 (2013) or Better Call Saul! :D

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 10:58 1

15. bucky (Posts: 1291; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Don't worry, Samsung will probably hire him for a commercial now too

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 10:59 1

16. bucky (Posts: 1291; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Oh, and the pencil too.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 10:29

13. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


same old same old

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 11:44

20. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


The iPad is a great tablet but the 4x5 icon grid needs to go. It works great on a phone but on a tablet it's just wasted space.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 12:47

24. vaibhavaggarwal (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


damn! didn't realize it was walter when i watched it the first time.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 13:55

25. tedkord (Posts: 4275; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Walter White!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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