Arnold’s Japanese Ramen Commercials are About as Weird as You’d Expect

Back before movie stars were brands, they often had to secret themselves away to overseas markets to make the real scrilla selling their image to advertisers. From today’s vantage point, it’s sort of hilarious that Arnold might have been worried about damaging his credibility as an actor, but he clearly wasn’t too worried. I mean, look at these commercials dating from his thespian glory years of 1989 to 1991:

They are insane. We were insane to buy him as an undercover cop or Danny DeVito’s twin brother, though, so I guess this is one of those tit for tat situations.

Anyway, when was the last time you enjoyed a savory Nissin Cup-O-Noodles product? This commercial is giving me a strange hankering to boil some water, throw away all of the peas, assassinate Sarah Connor and dig in.

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8 Responses to Arnold’s Japanese Ramen Commercials are About as Weird as You’d Expect

  1. flanny says:

    Why does he need to buy Cup Ramen noodles is he’s fully capable of making his own from scratch?

  2. gnidrah says:

    There’s been a weird spate of Hollywood stars doing adverts here recently. We’ve had Kevin Bacon, Harvey Keitel, the aforementioned Arnold Schwarzenegger, and now THIS:

    Hey, I suppose it’ll put a kid through college…

  3. Once my friend put vodka in her ramen because she didn’t want to do a shot but didn’t have anything else to mix it with. She said it wasn’t bad.

  4. Commentatrix says:

    What’s insane is that we ever let him out of the house in the first place.

  5. summerestherson says:

    “Cool guys don’t look at explosions, they blow things up and then walk away while eating their Cup O’Noodles.”

  6. old man fatima says:

    Not only do I not throw away the peas, but I add more frozen veggies too!

  7. taoreader says:

    This was exactly the time I was living in Japan. I remember those commercials, they were nuts. There were all sorts of American celebrities doing commercials there that would never be caught dead doing them here. Charlie Sheen did one for some shoe company where all he did was walk through some water carrying his shoes (he was famous *and* respected then, imagine!) Last time I was there Tommy Lee Jones had his face plastered all over some vending machines.

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