James Franco stars in a very strange DROID Turbo viral ad

James Franco stars in a very strange DROID Turbo viral ad
The prevailing idea is that the DROID Turbo will be announced tomorrow, and could be out on store shelves before the end of the week. Given the leaks that we've seen recently, that idea seems sound enough. In addition to the leaks, and an ominous tweet from DroidLanding, there is also a very strange new viral ad that stars the DROID Turbo and James Franco.

If the point of an ad is to get people talking about the product, this video certainly meets that criteria. However, if the aim of advertising is to get people to buy a product, we're not so sure that this video is going to get that job done. It does feature James Franco, and was filmed fairly recently, given that under his toque is clearly a shaved head, which he did recently for his role in Zeroville. 

The ad goes with the found footage trope, with a couple girls recording Franco riding his bike, but he is moving a little too fast to be believable. The DROID Turbo makes an appearance near the end of the spot, but otherwise you might not even realize this was anything other than a strange video from an actor who has a habit of putting out strange content on social media. 

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1. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010


2. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Why in the world didn't they base a Nexus phone on this fantastic device..

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

Because they wanted you to bitch about it.

3. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Nice commercial. Simple, smart, to the point, droid turbo = fast.

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I think Android manufacturers should take notes from Apple in the subject of advertising. Android ads need to be more to-the-point and actually show features offered by the phone...

8. AlikMalix unregistered

Well it's very difficult to advertise anything without including Apple products - just doesnt catch popularity unless u mention Apple in anyway. But you're not going to praise a commentator - so the only thing to do is to bash its products or its users.

10. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

I actually really like this type of ad. Granted I'm no expert in marketing but this is original and makes you want to find out more about the device.

6. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Good as a teaser.

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I think that they had a fantastic spot last year with the Droid Maxx and Edward Norton. That was funny. This is just...odd.

9. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

The girl was cute. Heeeeeyy

11. jmonteiro829

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Odd and different to get you talking about it.

12. ultimatewarrior

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 19, 2014

Shot and edited using the phone?

13. sweetheart_js12

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

uh.. is there is no flash near camera in this ad? there were two of them in leaked images...

14. tokuzumi

Posts: 1903; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

James Franco and strange are synonyms

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