‘Mac Guy’ Justin Long out of future Apple ‘Get a Mac’ commercials; Hodgman to return for new ads

“As Apple prepares a new batch of commercials, ‘Mac guy’—aka Justin Long, of Dodgeball and Herbie: Fully Loaded semi-fame—is nowhere to be found. A rep for Long confirms that his days as an Apple pitchman are over: ‘Every ad you see Justin in is for that previous time period only,’ she tells Radar. ‘There’s no long-term deal with him.’ She adds (somewhat implausibly, perhaps), ‘Justin’s a movie star, not a commercial guy,'” Jeff Bercovici reports for Radar Online.

Bercovici reports, “Meanwhile, the campaign’s other principals, director Phil Morrison and journo-humorist John Hodgman, are both returning for another round of spots, according to sources.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jonathan” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Note: Back in August, Long was quoted by Mary McNamara of The Los Angeles Times as saying, “If I had been egotistical about the movies, I have been brought back to earth. Nine out of 10 people who recognize me recognize me from the commercials.” From what we’ve read and seen from Justin, to us, he never seemed entirely comfortable with being the “Mac Guy” in Apple’s ads.

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66 Comments

  1. Justin Long didn’t get the Mac. I saw him on Leno trying to be a moderate about the whole thing and confused a the fame that came with being an Apple spokes person. He was some what disrespectful of the product and he rivalry. Hopefully this won’t be a career decision he later regrets.

  2. You’ve got to be shitting me. He thinks he can find a better gig than this? Hope he enjoys being relegated to lame comedies like “Accepted” and “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.”

    Reminds me of James Gandolfini thinking he’ll ever be bigger than Tony Soprano.

    RMN

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