May 30, 2017

Les Grossman meets Twilight’s Taylor Lautner in a new MTV Movie Awards spot

By Kim Palacios With the 2010 MTV Movie Awards days away, the promo is ramping up. Fans were dazzled by last week’s commercial spot featuring Robert Pattinson; a more recent release features Taylor Lautner.

The theme of both commercials is the same: each actor plays himself in a parodied scene with fictional Hollywood agent, Les Grossman. The over-the-top character originally appeared in Ben Stiller’s 2008 comedy “Tropic Thunder”. Characterized by a brand of demanding heartlessness and ruthless sarcasm that only a powerful showbiz agent would display, the showy, egotistical Les Grossman is played by the normally-tame Tom Cruise.

Though the clip featuring Taylor isn’t as funny as the one featuring Rob, the 60-second spot has a few nice moments. The basic premise is that Taylor may not be able to attend the awards in order to attend his best friend’s wedding; Les has found a body double to stand in for Taylor, but the punch line is that the body double looks nothing like him. Though Taylor doesn’t say much during the spot (certainly, less than Rob does in his), he looks fantastic in the ad. Yet, as in the commercial with Rob, the Les Grossman character is the comedic driver.

The spot is viewable on YouTube, and presumably by watching MTV. The Movie Awards air on Sunday, June 6th. So, the only question remaining between now and next Sunday is, will there be a commercial spot featuring Les Grossman and Kristen?

Watch the new spot below:

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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  • June 1, 2010 | Permalink |

    Boring video.

  • June 1, 2010 | Permalink |

    I thought the Taylor one was way funnier than the Robert one.

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