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Robert Downey Jr. gets replaced by Gary Oldman in HTC's new ads

Robert Downey Jr. gets replaced by Gary Oldman in HTC's new ads
Gary Oldman has had quite a Hollywood career portraying a number of characters including a Wizard, a Russian Assasin and even Lee Harvey Oswald. Now he has a new gig as HTC One (M8) spokesman. Oldman replaces Robert Downey Jr., who allegedly received $12 million for a sorry excuse of a commercial. Not that we could blame him as he had to work with the material he was given. And who the heck is going to turn down a $12 million pay day?

So the Taiwan based manufacturer decided to go with Oldman for a couple of ads. The first spot has Oldman repeating , "Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah," and just as you are about to wish for Downey Jr.'s return, Oldman says, "It doesn't matter what I say, because the all new HTC One is designed for people who form their own opinions." And there we have it, perhaps the most truthful comment even uttered on a celebrity endorsement." The second spot is merely a longer version of the first ad. Hope you're a Gary Oldman fan because the last twenty seconds or so is just the camera slowly moving in on the actor.

We were really hoping that HTC might have learned its lesson after last year's fiasco. Honestly, would seeing either ad on television make you want to run out and buy the new HTC One (M8)? HTC has admitted having problems with marketing its products and luckily for the Taiwan based manufacturer, the new HTC One (M8) has been the recipient of a ton of hype. But that will only go so far.


source: HTC (1), (2) via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 25 Mar 2014, 17:54 1

1. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 May 2012)


RDJ probably commands a very high price point

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 19:50 3

22. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Because commissioner Gordon is cooler.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 19:52 1

23. akki20892 (Posts: 3655; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Yep money talks.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 00:08 1

27. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Marvel or dc. And they went with dc.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 01:51

30. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Marvel sucks. DC comics Ftw!

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 03:05 1

33. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Actually I love both of them :D

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:31 1

38. Nexus_bear (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


Take this from a major DC fan. Im a huge Batman, Captain Marvel fan.

Marvel comics don't suck. They are simply different comics.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 17:58 5

2. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


Quite honestly, I think these commercials were made for sites like Phonearena where you have a bunch of "knowitalls" who claim this is the worst phone since the iPhone, think the phone should be made of diamond encrusted adamantium-vibranium, have 20gb of RAM and a 300 megapixel camera. In short, they do see and hear what's said about them and are making fun of all the "knowitalls".

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:22 2

9. Astoni (Posts: 573; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Honestly the phone is a Diamond itself, but the camera killed it for me since i need those extra Megapixels, Hopefully HTC will sell big with this one. They are my favorite OEM even if i currently don't use any of their devices :/

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 16:08

42. simrob (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


The Second Commercial air this afternoon in the upstate NY time Warner cable network.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 17:58 7

3. vuyonc (Posts: 387; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


HTC's marketing STILL needs a lot of work

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 19:49 1

21. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


It doesn't, it's just the fact the One M8 has nothing to show for it. If they were to show off it's features, they could just air their old HTC One commercials because those are the selling points of the M8 too with nothing new added to the table.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:00 2

4. tech2 (Posts: 2462; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Should I choose a phone which is not water and dust resistant (unlike its competitors) ?
Is almost the size of a phablet for a 5 inch phone ?
Supports a not so impressive 4mp camera ?
A non-removable 2600 mah battery ?
A camera which doesn't record 4k ?
Has no OIS (unlike its predecessor) ?

The answers is in front of you.....

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:07 8

5. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


1. Yes its a first world problem, not having a water resistant phone. Until Sony did it a year or so ago no one cared or gave a f-uck. Its nice addition, nothing that we really need. No matter how good the water resistant is you are always risking a 600-800$ phone being destroyed by a small crack or opening after using the phone. Its not built as well as water resistant cameras.
2, And how is it not impressive? Last year it was ok. This years it seems like its good in day light and great at low light.
3. You think an average user cares for removable battery? Iphones, LG's, Nexus and few other flag ships seems not to care and sell very well.
4. 4K? Please tell me how an average user has a 4K TV? 4K needs years before it becomes the standard. This is just the beginning. It took us almost a decade to move from 480p to 720p and 1080p
5. Looks like OIS made the camera have that purple tint, thats why they removed it. Anyway not a big deal.
The answers are in front of you, but you are just a sad hater.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:24 2

10. Astoni (Posts: 573; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


First time i actually agree with you Martin. Valid points!.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:34 3

13. python111 (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Couldn't have said it better, To all the haters that were also hating the M7 last year, just one question which phone won numerous awards and was praised the most, also was crowned the best smartphone in 2013? Hmm, I can't remember, was it the Galaxy s4 or the Iphone 5s or the Lumia whatever. In the words of Daniel Bryan No, No, No, No, No. The HTC ONE M7 was the best, and this year the M8 will be the best, YES!YES!YES!YES!YES!YES!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:39 2

15. grahaman27 (Posts: 349; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


To sum up your rebuttle:
1) so?
2) so...?
3)...so...?
4) yeah so!
5) it wouldn't have worked anyway!

So?

posted on 23 May 2014, 13:19

44. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


You missed the second ques smartypants.!
I see what you did there!

So yeah.. go on.. ans his second ques now.

This phone is almost the size of a phablet and has just 5 inch screen.!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 19:47 1

20. jad.boutary (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


check youtube the phone is water resistant :D

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 02:56 1

31. tech2 (Posts: 2462; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Still i wouldn't just take my $800 phone in water just because someone on internet as tried that. There is a difference when the company is saying and providing warranty to cover for any damages.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 04:15 1

34. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Ohoho, big words there boy, what warranty are actually talking about ?! Like the one for the S4 active ?!?(the one marketed as waterproof but without any warranty whatsoever) Get an s5 first...read t&c and then talk about warranty.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 19:50

43. jad.boutary (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


try it and tell us :P

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 22:30

26. jnieto490 (Posts: 10; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


Your most likely gonna put a case on even if it is water/dust proof/resistant and again if specs all you care about then get another phone

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 02:56

32. tech2 (Posts: 2462; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Still i wouldn't just take my $800 phone in water just because someone on internet as tried that. There is a difference when the company is saying and providing warranty to cover for any damages.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 01:49

29. limporgyuk (Posts: 156; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


Just so you know, the phone is water resistant-youtube.com/watch?v=lhwvXTVQoPM

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:07 1

6. Gaurav008 (Posts: 283; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Siriusly, Gary Oldman!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:14 2

7. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


I'm sorry, but CHARACTER ACTORS ain't gonna cut it! Another fail

A Music Artist or a popular athlete will probably do it...but Mr Oldman? Gawd, whoever thought of that idea needs to be fired

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:33 1

12. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


What's wrong with Mr. Oldman? I actually find him more charismatic than Mr. Downey. These ads are way better than last years #HeresToChange bit IMO. It's short, concise and leaves you wondering.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 19:23

17. 46modnar (Posts: 14; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


He did play Beethoven in "Immortal Beloved". Pretty awesome performance too. For such a killer music phone, seems appropo.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:16 2

8. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


this phone is to loooooong, i prefer the nexus4 size width

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:32 2

11. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Gary isnt happy I bought a Note 3, he looked into my soul

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:36 2

14. grahaman27 (Posts: 349; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


"HTC is for people who form their own opinions, so ask the internet." .... -_-

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:41

16. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


exciting phone, boring ad

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 19:38 1

18. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I... what in the living hell is wrong with the HTC marketing ppl? Should I "get it", should I giggle? All I know is this was annoying enough NOT to "ask the internet" haha.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:43

39. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 May 2012)


HTC doesnt' care about your opinion on their phones, either buy it or dont

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 19:41

19. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Down and Old.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 21:06 1

24. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


The ad looks/feels dark and subdued, exudes loneliness and isolation.......Dang, aren't ads supposed to be ''happy and convincing''? especially when you market a product to entice people into buying it? While I understand that HTC wants to be edgy and stuff, I think the SAMSUNG formula works best for smartphone ads

2/5

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:44

40. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Dunno about you, but its a nice change from all the "High on crack happy" people in phone ads I see nowadays

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 22:23

25. andynaija (Posts: 485; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


I just saw the ad on TV a few minutes ago!

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 01:40

28. RandomUsername (Posts: 559; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


The All New HTC One M8? Is that the final name now? Seriously?

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:44

41. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Watch the commercial again and you'll have your answer

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 05:17 1

35. tiara6918 (Posts: 1538; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Htc, it's time for you to persuade samsung's marketing team to work for you instead. The whole marketing team is not really doing a huge improvement to convince more consumers

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 08:36

36. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6737; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Again another horrible terrible commercial and still won't even show their own phone in their ad. Think HTC should fire their vp of marketing

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 09:56

37. Deadeye37 (Posts: 83; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


Awkward.

Sums up my thoughts about these commercial right there.

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