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Star of Viagra commercial needs a lift?

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Who is the real star of the Viagra commercial?

You’ve seen Tim on cereal boxes, instant breakfast commercials, driving the four-wheel-drive Jeep in the snow at Squaw Valley and on a recent Viagra commercial.

He’s the silver-haired dude who ‘whisks’ the woman off the couch and walks towards the bedroom.

The Real Back-Story

Tim was a big man on campus; a soccer player and a Drama major. He has had an attention-getting shock of white hair since college.   

He has been perceived as 20 years older in every play, commercial, and TV show he has ever been in, and there have been a lot. Through the years, his snowy mane has served him well.  His hairdresser has transformed him to be a blond, a brunette and a redhead, but his snow-white hair is his true selling point.

 Once, Tim was a handball champion – then, his back and knees gave out. So, he became a swimmer. Now 55, a true Renaissance man- when he is not auditioning or acting- he bakes bread, knits, writes poetry, does yoga, and organizes a fabulous bacchanalia in Napa every year.

Bingo!

Tim’s agent of 25 years called to say Tim got the Viagra TV commercial.  Perfect timing! The last jaunts to Burning Man and Maui were expensive and he had bills galore. Money in the bank? He didn’t give it a second thought. He received the script– did a quick scan and days later, he arrived at the studio.

Can I give you a lift?

Tim met Cassandra, his attractive costar, who was easily 20-years his junior.  Quickly, he gauged her weight at around 100 lbs. and quietly hit the panic button. The script indicated  ‘Scooping her up and off the couch and whisking her away – up a flight of stairs.’

His days of scooping-and-whisking were over. Way over.

 His upper body strength was great; his back and knees- not so great. However, he was being paid a sizable sum for doing this big-time commercial. His mind was willing, his spirit was willing, and his back and knees were failing.

A real downer

Tim called his agent in a muted panic. He proposed  five different compelling re-writes for the spot. His manager knew Tim to be a silver-tongued manipulator and let him vent. He encouraged Tim to talk to the producer.

The producer politely and firmly, told Tim  “No.”

All right, All right, All right.

Tim called his ‘entourage” (his  masseuse, Chiropractor, Reiki Master, and instructed his agent to bring over a sleek, back brace, ice packs, and a bucket of Alleve)

Now you see it: One-Take-Tim

That’s the back-story of a handsome, struggling artist, who reports he  “stayed firm ” with a little help from Special Effects. Tim carried the  day and was in the gentle hands of his entourage – hours after his Big Lift.

hearts

Tim is happy. He will be the star of an upcoming television campaign where he plays a  smiling senior with memory loss and a doting daughter who promotes a magic panacea pill. Very lucrative gig.

He has big plans for Burning Man next year.

 

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