Ad of the Day: Axe

Firemen are hot, but astronauts are hotter, says the brand, which plans to send 22 people into space

On the list of sexy male professions, fireman is a perennial top pick. Just ask any male stripper (or the audience at Magic Mike). But according to Axe, the maker of pungent body sprays favored by junior-high boys, there's one hot-dude job that beats all the rest: astronaut.

This hierarchy is deftly illustrated in Axe's latest spot from BBH London and  Biscuit Filmworks director Tim Godsall, in which a handsome fireman braves a burning building to save the pretty girl trapped within. He removes his fireman's coat, wraps it around the damsel in distress (this initially appears to be a segue into a striptease routine, but alas, it's just an act of kindness) and carries her out of the building. At this point the woman appears suitably love-struck—until, that is, a fully suited astronaut approaches out of nowhere. The damsel immediately abandons her rescuer to go flirt with the man in the big white onesie, because, as Axe informs us, "Nothing beats an astronaut. Ever."

So, what's an astronaut doing in an Axe commercial? Oh, just recruiting some people for the Axe Apollo Space Academy. The company this week launched a contest to gather 22 people for a trip to space—"as in, actual space," the brand says, in case you were confused. Axe even managed to get Buzz Aldrin, the legendary astronaut (and probably one of the few you can actually name), to announce the campaign. (A second spot, "Lifeguard," will launch soon and also be tagged with the invitation to space.)

Go to this website to apply for the Axe Apollo program between now and Feb. 3 (when Axe will air its first Super Bowl commercial). And hope to god that in space, no one can smell your Axe.

CREDITS

Client: Axe

Agency: BBH, London

Client Credits

Tomas Marcenaro – Global Brand Director

Jim Brennan  – Global Brand Manager

Michael Coden – Global Assistant Brand Manager

BBH Creative Team: Wesley Hawes and Gary McCreadie, Diego Oliveira and Caio Giannella

BBH Creative Director: David Kolbusz

BBH Producer: Ruben Mercadal

BBH Assistant Producer: George Ancock

BBH Head of Strategy: Jonathan Bottomley

BBH Strategic Business Lead: Ngaio Pardon

BBH Strategy Director: Tim Jones

BBH Team Director: Tom Murphy

BBH Team Manager: Jennifer Omran

Production Company: Biscuit Filmworks

Director: Tim Godsall

Executive Producer: Orlando Wood

Producer: Rick Jarjoura

DoP: Jess Hall

Post Production: Framestore

Sound Design: Phaze UK / Raja Sehgal @ Grand Central Studios, London

Sound Mixing / Arrangement : Raja Sehgal @ Grand Central Studios, London

Music: Human (Los Angeles / New York)