Drawn by the lure of an easy pay day for very little work, many A-List stars have turned to commercial voice over work to line their pockets. Advertisers are shy to reveal numbers, but its known the biggest names, like George Clooney for Budweiser or Julia Roberts for AOL, can easily make seven figures for less than one days work. Kevin Spacey is the voice for Honda, replacing longtime pitchman Richard Dreyfuss. Gene Hackman does both Loews and Oppenheimer Funds. Billy Crudup is the one telling you what’s priceless for Master Card. Kelsey Grammer works for Disney, Keifer Sutherland does Apple, Sean Connery speaks for Level 3 Communications and Christian Slater is the voice for Panasonic. Will Arnett is the voice for GMC Trucks and T. Rowe Price, but voice over work was actually his main job before getting his role on ‘Arrested Development’. When asked why a voice that’s never identified is worth a million dollars, a spokesman for Budweiser said:
“(Consumers) sort of know the voice. They may not necessarily place it right away, but when they do, they say, ‘Wow'”! It’s that whole intrigue of discovery.”
As someone who owns stock in Anheuser-Busch, I cant tell how happy it makes me to see Bud spend its profits so wisely. Sure, my stock may lose some value, but if that means George Clooney can bang Krista Allen on Fiji until sparks are coming out of her vagina for 8 weeks instead of just 7, I can sleep the sleep of the pure at heart, knowing it was all worth while.