Friday, January 9, 2009

Hello, Tony!

I am only moderately embarrassed to admit that I really like a commercial. My dayjob sees me watching a lot of CNBC, which plays the same ten ads every half hour, and the Powershares "this is your mind" ad is perhaps the only one I can stomach. FX by Peter Jackson's Weta Digital help. But at the center is the charming little professor above, who, I swear, is Aubrey Morris. You know him better as Mr. Deltoid in A Clockwork Orange and the creepy gardener in the original The Wicker Man ("It's the wee lassie's navel string!").
I've scoured the web, but can find no evidence to support my theory. But I know it's he. And he's adorable. Watch the ad, below, and you'll be greeting all your friends with a rousing "hello, Tony!" before you know it. And here's a page with some nice info on the spot.

5 comments:

Bart said...

I'd thought it was Patrick McGoohan, in a reprise of his King Longshanks role. Interestingly, he appeared with Aubrey Morris in several TV productions.

While researching my hypothesis, I discovered that McGoohan recently passed away on 1/13/2009. Bummer. Be seeing you...

Anonymous said...

I thought it was Peter O'Toole. I just watched Ratatouille, and it was the voice of Anton Ego that made me think this. I was thinking, "Man, I know this voice. I swear it's that old man from the 'Hello, Tony' PowerShares ad."

He does look like Aubrey Morris, though. You could be on to something there.

Larry said...

It's Aubrey all right. I just spoke to him, he's flying to England from LA today for some family events. He said he also recently shot a commercial directed by Kinka Usher that had a KGB theme that may start airing soon, but I didn't get the product...

Graham Giller said...

I thought it was Richard Attenborough, which kind of made sense for an offshoot of Barclays. Who is Tony?

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? This commercial is as annoying as Flo from Progressive!!!