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John Malkovich Talks to Siri in New iPhone Ads, Not At All Creepy

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Continuing their celebrity-based ad campaign for the iPhone 4S, Apple has released two new spots featuring John Malkovich, an actor so renowned for being him there’s a movie about that, and they are everything you’d expect.

The commercials debuted last night on the American Idol finale (great outcome BTW, Phillip Phillips is my wife’s favorite). This first one is called “Joke“.

So it’s a little weird that John Malkovich is sitting in a room talking to his phone and laughing at a not-funny joke. But at least it shows some of Siri’s utility and that it can respond even if you don’t speak in complete sentences. Just say a word and it will figure out what you want. That’s actually good to know. It’s the next one, seemingly self-titled “Life“, that’s mind-blowingly bizarre.

What the what was that? I mean, okay, I get it. You put John Malkovich in a commercial, you don’t expect it to be normal, but damn. I kind of see where Apple is going with these celebrity spots. You got Samuel L. Jackson being cool and Zooey Deschanel being quirky. People are drawn to that. But this is like, “Hey, we got John Malkovich to do an ad. What’s he known for?” Oh right, being creepy and weird. But hey, if John Malkovich was known for being normal, there wouldn’t have been a movie about being him.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

4 Comments

  1. volleycrc

    06/04/2012 at 5:44 pm

    I think it is so creepy, I have to either fast forward or mute when the commercial comes on.

  2. Mary Jones

    06/11/2012 at 7:53 pm

    I agree. How stupid is this commercial??? My husband and I cannot stand to watch it.

  3. Mary Jones

    06/11/2012 at 8:02 pm

    Oh and by the way I have an iPhone with Siri and it doesn’t work at all. omg I’ve tried it
    so many times and it just cannot understand anything. So frustrating.

  4. JWest

    06/12/2012 at 10:28 am

    The few spots have hilited the descent of the human mind/spirit… One asks if its raining as she looks out a stormy window, and one has a shallow word exchange with his cell phone. Doesn’t say much for the customers that look to their phones for companionship, and not the people on the other side. At least Sam Jackson is preparing dinner for someone, perhaps other than himself?

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