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John Malkovich laughs at Siri jokes, asks about the meaning of life in new iPhone ads

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John Malkovich laughs at Siri jokes, asks about the meaning of life in new iPhone ads
After Zooey Deschanel and Samuel L. Jackson, now John Malkovich is the latest celebrity to feature in an iPhone commercial. This time, it has a more philosophical, laid-back atmosphere with a weary meditative Malkovich asking Siri about the weather and life in general. Of course, the humble virtual assistant is there with the right advice:

"Try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try to live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations."

The two commercials still feel a bit weird and unnatural to us, though. In the first piece, Malkovich asks for a joke and gets the "Two iPhones walk into a bar. I forget the rest," which he surprisingly finds extremely funny. 

In the second one, he goes on to compliment Siri which just seems a bit overblown - now, we too appreciate the information we get from Apple’s voice assistant, but it never occurred to us to say to our phones: "Thank you, I enjoyed this chat immensely, you are very eloquent."

But maybe it’s just us. Let us know how you feel about the new iPhone 4S ads in the comments below.

source: Apple


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posted on 24 May 2012, 04:06 2

1. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Sir has always been and still is a temporary novelty and a gimmick and the apple ads are starting to reflect this,it was after all the wool over the fans eyes to get them to buy the 4s

posted on 24 May 2012, 17:53 1

15. VinoDroid (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 May 2012)


I think Siri is here to stay, wish she was on Android.

posted on 24 May 2012, 04:25 7

2. Iphone4 (unregistered)


what a time waste

posted on 24 May 2012, 06:16 2

3. grif_ (Posts: 61; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


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posted on 24 May 2012, 06:21 4

4. droidnator (Posts: 87; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


Apple are getting desperate, using great actors for extremely unnatural and weird ads. Dislike all of them so far.

posted on 24 May 2012, 11:00 1

8. tedkord (Posts: 4467; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Aw, C'mon. You disliked the Samuel L. Jackson spot? He could read the dictionary (throwing in the occasional "mother f***ing" adjective, and I'd listen to it. He's cool on wheels.

The Zooey spot? Well, she's pretty annoying in general. But the Malkovich ad is the worst by far. Very unnatural and forced looking, which is a shame because he's a great actor. Maybe bad direction?

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:05 1

5. tkvdog (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Siri='s Magic 8 Ball

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:07 1

6. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


These ads are designed to take customer's and potential customer's away from the real issues.

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:27 2

7. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)


He's weird. Siri never responds that quick. Not even for you, Brother John. lmao

posted on 24 May 2012, 12:39 1

9. rasinhussy (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)


"These ads are designed to take customer's and potential customer's away from the real issues."

"...using great actors for extremely unnatural and weird ads."

"what a time waste"

So what you're saying is that this is just like every other crappy TV commercial right now. A company trying using ads to get people to buy their crap, seems like this trend might catch on.

posted on 24 May 2012, 12:51

10. Obviously (Posts: 29; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


Wow, you really know how to put the dots together don't you?

posted on 24 May 2012, 15:28

13. tedkord (Posts: 4467; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not all tv commercials are terrible. Geico has put out some great ones. Remember the beer commercials of the 70's? Chester Cheetah makes me smile.

Bad ads make me want to not buy the product. For instance, Old Navy commercials make me want to never spend a penny in Old Navy. And gouge my eyes out.

posted on 24 May 2012, 13:04

11. rasinhussy (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)


I sure do, Obviously.

posted on 24 May 2012, 14:10

12. ddxmms (Posts: 141; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


he should ask her about the meaning of this ads :D

posted on 24 May 2012, 15:30

14. tedkord (Posts: 4467; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


He should ask her what's the best cell phone of all time? Now that Apple has lobotomized her on that point.

posted on 24 May 2012, 17:58

16. VinoDroid (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 May 2012)


"Depressed? Siri can help." - Apple

posted on 24 May 2012, 19:17

17. BReND0 (Posts: 59; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Honestly .....I couldn't agree more....Apple using these paid actors to try and. Gimmick you to buy an iPhone.....using such words as gazpacho and risotto. And what malkovich said......she would never comprehend on first try......and I guarantee after their paid. They hop right on their berrys to find work and scripts lol..........

posted on 24 May 2012, 19:37

18. glentomas123 (Posts: 70; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


Siri is always "I'm sorry...I'm unable to...". I call her Sorry not Siri. I don't like her being in the cloud!! She's never available when I need her!!! WTH Siri!!?? I need you in my phone, not in the freakin clouds!! I never know what she's doing up there!! All I want is to dial a number (or some meatloaf!!) and she never is available for me!!! Siri, excuse me, Sorry, remains turned-off on my 4s. An update from the iPhone 4 to 4s is an app, and Apple calls it magical!!?? WTH!!??

The Siri celeb ads were quite funny.

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