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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28 Comments

1. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

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

7. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Troll...

18. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

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

23. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 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

29. GeekyGene

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 25, 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.

2. duder52

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

nooooooooooooooooo!

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yo, Nice voice over, BITCH !

6. gust3r3u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

ahahahaha

4. Sauce unregistered

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

9. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

sorry that prize goes to Samsung!!

17. grapeseed87

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

21. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

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

26. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

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

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 :)

5. Sainiwinchester

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

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

8. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Great ad

10. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

I'd buy the pencil instead.

14. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

LOL! Good one

22. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 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.

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 :)

11. yadu004

Posts: 72; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Hope the quality of the Tablet is 99%!!

12. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 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

15. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

16. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Oh, and the pencil too.

13. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

same old same old

20. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

24. vaibhavaggarwal

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

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

25. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

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