Smirnoff-Drinking Ted Danson Struggles With Being Just a 'Regular Guy'

He's an Average Joe Who Wins Emmys and Pays in Diamonds

Published On
Jul 18, 2017

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Actor Ted Danson appies his comedic chops to shilling vodka in new ads from Smirnoff and 72andSunny New York. A set of spots that dropped online feature the Hollywood talent attempting to fit into the everyman crowd, but failing very badly.

In one spot, he surprises the patron of a bar who uses Danson's name as a metaphor for top shelf snootiness. The actor tells him he's no out of touch Hollywood rich guy and that's he's just like him, a regular Joe who drinks Smirnoff -- but then goes on to pay his tab in diamonds.

Another ad shows him doing the same with a pair of dudes browsing the vodka aisle at the liquor store. "I'm just a regular guy with a couple of Emmys," he tells them.

A third spot shows Danson clearing up the misconception that Smirnoff is made in Russia, likening it to the popular myth he was once named "sexiest man alive" (he wasn't). A fourth pulls one over on the actor, showing Danson suavely delivering a script likening himself to Smirnoff (both born in 1864 and "surprisingly cheap") and a final ad depicts his envy over the vodka brand's award-winning record.

"Ted is a Hollywood legend and a natural partner to help bring the spirit of Smirnoff to life," Diageo North America Smirnoff VP Jay Sethi in a statement. "His light-hearted, fun and care-free personality is like a real life embodiment of our brand. Ted is great at communicating our quality message in a down-to-earth and relatable way."

The ads continue the Smirnoff's "Only the Best for Everyone" campaign, the debut of which included an ad featuring Chrissy Teigen devouring a burrito. The Danson spots are running online, with some slated to run on broadcast later in the year. Mike Warzin of Arts & Sciences, who directed the Teigen ads, was behind the camera for these as well.


Jul 18, 2017
Brand :
Client :
Director :
Mike Warzin
Production Company :
Arts & Sciences
Agency :
72andSunny-New York
Senior Vice President :
Vince Hudson
Vice President :
Jay Sethi
Senior Brand Manager :
Johannah Rogers
Brand Manager :
Hakan Kulturlu
Assistant Brand Manager :
Stephanie Pavone
Executive Creative Director :
Guillermo Vega
Creative Director :
Adolfo Alcala
Designer :
Adolfo Alcala
Creative Director :
Brandon Pierce
Writer :
Brandon Pierce
Designer :
David Cole
Writer :
Shanie Trice
Director, Strategy :
Tom Callard
Strategist :
Aaron Gaita
Group Brand Director :
Karla Stewart
Brand Director :
Emily Hoyle
Brand Manager :
Sarah Consagra
Director, Production :
Lora Schulson
Senior Producer :
Meg McCarthy
Senior Art Producer :
Sabrina Bajaj
Partnerships and Legal :
Quentin Perry
Film Production Company :
Arts & Sciences
Managing Director :
Mal Ward
Producer :
Alex Waite
Director :
Mike Warzin
Director, Photography :
Sean Porter
Editorial Company :
Mack Cut
Editor :
Nick Divers
Assistant Editor :
Kenneth Munoz
Color :
Company 3
Artist :
Sofie Borup
Studio :
Heard City
Mixer :
Mike Vitacco
On-Set Photographer :
Sean Porter

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