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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One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

RDJ probably commands a very high price point


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Because commissioner Gordon is cooler.

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Yep money talks.

27. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Marvel or dc. And they went with dc.


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Marvel sucks. DC comics Ftw!

33. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Actually I love both of them :D

38. Nexus_bear

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

2. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 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".

9. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 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 :/

42. simrob

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

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

3. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

HTC's marketing STILL needs a lot of work

21. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.....

5. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

10. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

13. python111

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 25, 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!

15. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

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

44. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 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.!

20. jad.boutary

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

check youtube the phone is water resistant :D

31. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

34. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 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 t&c and then talk about warranty.

43. jad.boutary

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

try it and tell us :P

26. jnieto490

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 24, 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

32. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

29. limporgyuk

Posts: 369; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Just so you know, the phone is water

6. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Siriusly, Gary Oldman!

7. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 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

12. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

17. 46modnar

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

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

8. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

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