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Commercials featuring my fandoms

Just saw a TV commercial for an HP color printer, with The Cure's "Pictures of You" playing as the featured music. Heh! What's really funny, of course, is that there will be thousands of kids who see that commercial, don't know the song but decide it's pretty, ask around to find out who it's by, and end up buying a copy of Disintegration or one of The Cure's best-of compilations. Am betting The Cure sees a slight surge in record sales over this little color-printer business.

And last week I saw a commercial for (as it turned out) a minivan, that started with Legolas's face in dreamy slow-motion, overlapping with that of a prepubescent smiling girl's, with flowers in her hair and mystical romantic music in the background. A boy's voice interrupts in disgust, "Do you mind?" We find the boy and girl, siblings apparently, sitting in the back of a minivan and watching The Two Towers on the minivan's DVD/TV. The girl glumly un-pauses the TV set, where she has stilled one of Legolas's close-ups, and they move along to watch the Helm's Deep battle, which makes the boy much happier. I literally laughed aloud. Legolas fangirlies make the mainstream!

By the way, this is a great account of Sean Astin and Elijah Wood fielding questions from the crowd at Collectormania in England recently. This quote from Lij needs to be shared:
I found out about this three months ago – it was the funniest thing I'd ever heard, how Dom and I were having an affair...there were rumours when we were filming that all the hobbits were gay, so of course we played up to them all the time, which just made them worse.

Heheh. You might think I'd be disappointed, but I'm not. I was never really convinced that the actors were gay, nor do I care which way they swing. When it comes down to it, I'd rather prefer them to be straight, because, well, I'm a woman. However, I'm glad that they find the slashy stuff funny, rather than insulting. It is funny, which is one of the chief reasons I like it. And anyway, I was never entirely comfortable with the real-person-slash stuff. I just think Frodo and Sam, the characters, have an interesting and very sweet bond. However, when Lij goes on to ask:
Why is it that if you have great male friends you always get homosexual jokes?

...I do have to suggest: could it maybe be because of all the kissing you fellows do? Just a thought. ;) (I'm kidding there too. Of course people can kiss platonically. In fact, the world probably needs more platonic relationships than it does erotic ones.)

Best news of all, really:
Q: Will Frodo have everything taken from him in ROTK?
EW: “You mean... will I get naked???” (much laughter and whooping). “Well, not everything, but nearly though” (winking).

*polishes membership badge for the 'Strip Frodo!' club* Woot!


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Oct. 7th, 2003 07:21 pm (UTC)
I died silently laughing at that Chrystler/Legolas commerical. Actually went hunting for it and found it that same night ;)

As for the Elijah/Dom thing? Apparently some E/D 'ship fans went *berzerk* at the idea that they'd been leading their fans on like that. fandom_wank loved the hissy fits, of course ;)
Oct. 7th, 2003 07:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, lord. Bwahahaha. That almost makes me want to go read the fury and the agony that must be seething all over the Datalounge boards tonight (or wherever the Domlijah shippers hang out). Almost, but not really. For heaven's sake, if you can't see how freaking hilarious this whole thing is, you really need to get down to Costco and buy an institutional-sized jug of humor to pour into your brain. It's funny, kids! It was none of your business in the first place and now it's just funny! :D
Oct. 7th, 2003 07:33 pm (UTC)
Yay the Cure! :D
Oct. 8th, 2003 08:12 am (UTC)
My Cure phase was almost as dire as my current LOTR phase. Sometimes Robert Smith's voice can still make me a bit swoony...
Oct. 7th, 2003 10:48 pm (UTC)
How awesome... it seems you are a friend of a friend of a friend or something like that on LJ. But you and I actually have something in common. Im in Seattle too :) LOL
Oct. 8th, 2003 06:46 am (UTC)
Mm, pretty Orlando icon. And hey, cool, I'll probably see you at Cinerama in early December then. :) And at Tolcon next year...
Oct. 8th, 2003 08:32 am (UTC)
Yup, Im volunteering at TolCon
Oct. 8th, 2003 10:59 am (UTC)
Cool! They invited me to come sit as one of their writer guests. Am hoping we get to see a celeb or two...
Oct. 8th, 2003 10:07 pm (UTC)
That is awesome! Who do you want to see?
Oct. 9th, 2003 07:43 pm (UTC)
Ideally, I'd want to see a hobbit actor (and preferably Sean or Elijah), but I'd be thrilled to meet anyone whose face briefly graced that screen. Rumor has it that Orlando might show...but let's not jinx it by saying so...;) *cross fingers again*
Oct. 8th, 2003 01:38 am (UTC)
In praise of the Strip Club
*raises hand for honorary membership*

This deal does come with a complimentary Frodo loin cloth with quick-release, velcro side ties, right?
Oct. 8th, 2003 08:17 am (UTC)
Re: In praise of the Strip Club
Yes it does, and a jar of soothing mint-and-honey-flavored ointment to rub on any whip-weals that may be encountered.

Am thinking that we all need to add "strip frodo" to our LJ interests...though I'm not sure I want to do that from work, as it might show up in the URL...hee hee.
Oct. 8th, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
Re: In praise of the Strip Club
Can you believe I was having exactly the same thought, but didnt like to go ahead and add it as it was originally your idea. No really. Honest.
Oct. 8th, 2003 08:34 am (UTC)
Re: In praise of the Strip Club
There. I added it. It was only the "editinfo" URL, so it should be okay. "strip frodo," two words. Go! Spread the word! :D
Oct. 8th, 2003 06:00 am (UTC)
Kevon and I saw the 'Pictures of You' commercial a few days ago. I'm happy that they play quite a big portion of the song in the advert. Plus, did you note the allusion to the 'Pictures of You' video in one of the sequences? If not, keep your eyes peeled the next time you happen to see it. ;)

Takes me back to the days when my room was chocked full of Robert Smith... despite my sometimes Cure bitterness, I can still feel the slight tinge of teenage excitement I had for them whenever I see that commercial. Ah, to be young and obsessive.

Oct. 8th, 2003 08:22 am (UTC)
Ooh, I didn't notice the video allusions. Will have to look for that. Of course, I'm not sure I'd recognize them...it's been far too long since I watched the videos, and I only remember some of them with any clarity. I should dig out the videotapes and devote an evening to that sometime.

Yeah, despite becoming disillusioned after a while, I do still love a lot of their songs, and get all delighted when a radio station starts playing "Just Like Heaven". And was Robert in the "Love cats" video the cutest thing imaginable or what? :)
Oct. 8th, 2003 12:50 pm (UTC)
Hehehe... I *still* swoon over Robert in the 'Lovecats' video. He's too cute for his own good in that video. I've also always been fond of the following beach image.

Yep, I like my Robert Smith young and spikely. :)
Oct. 8th, 2003 01:31 pm (UTC)
Aww. Always loved those dark-tousle-haired pale-faced boys.

It's really too bad he has started to resemble Elizabeth Taylor (in her middle age) more and more, with the years.

Hm, how did I go my entire LJ career so far without making a Cure icon? Guess this one, since it features eyeliner, is the closest thing I've got.
Oct. 8th, 2003 07:12 am (UTC)
Come on, dear Peter Jackson, be faithful to Tolkien...

It was Frodo. He was naked, lying as if in a swoon on a heap of filthy rags: his arm was flung up, shielding his head, and across his side ran an ugly whip-weal.
'Frodo! Mr. Frodo, my dear!' cried Sam, tears almost blinding him. 'It's Sam, I've come!' He half lifted his master and hugged him to his breast.

Surely we can't be deprived of that...
Oct. 8th, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
Well, they probably won't show full-on nudity, but I'm betting shirtless is quite reasonable to expect. We might even get to see what passes for underwear among hobbits. I imagine Sam will throw a cloak around him pretty quickly, whatever happens. With much cuddling of course. No, we mustn't be deprived of that...
Oct. 9th, 2003 04:48 pm (UTC)
That Collectormania link was an awesome read. Loved it.

I was wondering how long it would take before Pictures of You would be used by HP or Kodak or something.

I love The Cure though. Disintigration is my favorite album of all time.
Nov. 13th, 2003 05:26 am (UTC)
Elijah isn't having it with Dom?!?


All my dreams have just been crushed!!! :'(


What do I have to live for now?!?!

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