My friend Erin Biba clued me into this funny commercial for Boss coffee featuring Tommy Lee Jones. I remember when he was on giant billboard ads for Boss, but I don’t know if I ever saw this one. In it, TLJ is an alien from outer space who has come to investigate the earth. He’s working with a team of cops who outrun him, but ultimately he flies a set of stairs and tackles the bad guy. The commercial ends with the cops saying, “He’s not the bad guy. It’s the world that created him that’s at fault.”
American celebrities show up in Japanese ad campaigns a lot. Most of the recent ones, like Brad Pitt for Softbank, have been removed from YouTube because of copyright shit, but you can see a lot of the old ones (Michael Jackson! The Simpsons! Mariah Carey!) on Japander.