Orson Welles hates the advertising copy he's being asked to read


45 Responses to “Orson Welles hates the advertising copy he's being asked to read”

  1. My favorite part has always been: “Now what is it you want…in your depths of your ignorance?”
    Must put that at the end of the answer message on my phone.

  2. Sweet Zombie Jesus says:

    Maurice LaMarche also did it in The Critic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i7ycxiog40

  3. a_w_young says:

    The “Drunk Orson Welles Outtakes” make me howl every time.


  4. EvilHayama says:

    Maurice LaMarche must be obsessed with this bit, he does it again on the Nerdist Podcast (with fellow Brain Rob Paulson)  http://www.nerdist.com/2012/03/nerdist-podcast-rob-paulsen-and-maurice-lamarche/

  5. I the great Orson Welles didn’t want to do the commercial, why did he agree to it (except for the fact that he needed the money)?   It’s not as if the people he was abusing were to blame for his troubles.

  6. L_Mariachi says:

    That’s funny, the Negativland track that samples this (“Jolly Green Giant,” on Happy Heroes) came up on iTunes DJ just yesterday.

  7. ldobe says:

    Orson pops up again in futurama, in the episode Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences. He’s portrayed as a pain to work with in that voiceover as well.

    The script is a very rough paraphrasing, but still holds the original’s pompous nature.

  8. cepson says:

    Buried in the commentary tracks for the “Mr. Show” DVDs is also a parody of this–a pompous actor visits the crew and reads advertising copy from time to time, which he invariably finds contemptible and beneath his skills.

  9. Genre Slur says:

    Negativland did this Welles ‘event’ major justice with this amazing piece of detournemont from 1998: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGtYheTcajc

  10. Dlo Burns says:

    If I had my way I’d have a Welles impersonator call me up and read horse_ebooks tweets at various times of the day.

  11. Gary Parker says:

    And here’s some quality swearing and ranting from The One True Doctor, Mr Tom Baker:


    • howaboutthisdangit says:

      You beat me to it.  I’ve always wondered if Tom was drunk or coked up, or if that was really just his own wonderful personality shining through.

      • NynjaSquirrel says:

        In my position as ‘creative’ at a radio station I worked with the producer/poor sod on the other end of this conversation. We used Tom a few times for a variety of ads – he could sound fantastic if you were prepared to put the work in. This tbh – was normal Tom, and you were royally fucked if you didn’t have your facts spot on for anything he was reading.

  12. Brad Bell says:

    He’s right though. Dude’s telling Orson Welles to do the ‘broadcaster’ voice that randomly emphasises words like “in.” Every amateur broadcaster knows TO emphasise abstract, meaningless words FOR greater impact. As does every London tube announcer. “The train WILL now be leaving. All passengers ARE reminded the broadcaster voice IS necessary TO convey authority.”

    I think Ira Glass would have reacted the same way.
    4 minute mark

  13. Yet another version was done by Mark Rudolph on WFMU-TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bBp67UKbRk&feature=plcp
    He’s playing both Welles and the director.

  14. Timothy Krause says:

    Quel(le) (h)auteur.

  15. Emo Pinata says:

    Warner brothers pumped out great animation in my childhood, and it was a long time until great stuff hit air again.

  16. wrybread says:

    This sent me on an Orson Wells youtube journey. Oh lordey. Here’s my current favorite, a Japanese whiskey ad:



  17. SDurnin says:

    Waste of a brilliant talent.

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