Ad of the Day: Sylvester Stallone Brings the Heat in This Ridiculous Ad for a British Bakery

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Yo, Adrian! Sylvester Stallone is in this British commercial for Warburtons bakery. Guess he didn't make enough dough in Hollywood.

Sly rises to the occasion, though, in this wry-humored spot from WCRS that finds the actor pitching Warburtons management on The Deliverers, his idea for an action movie about a gung-ho, Rambo/Rocky-esque bread delivery guy.

Why cast Stallone in the two-minute ad?

"Warburtons goes to heroic lengths to deliver to 16,000 stores every day, so we needed someone who could represent that," WCRS senior account director Tim Boxall tells Adweek. "Sly is famous for playing heroes with steely determination and a never-say-die attitude, so he was the obvious choice."

Veteran TV and film director Declan Lowney gives the proceedings an appropriately slick, cinematic feel. There are lots of great one-liners—"When it comes to delivering fresh bread on time, the oven gloves are off," "Time to earn my crust"—which Sly delivers in his trademark deadpan style. Cute sight gags include Stallone waking up to Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" (the infuriatingly catchy theme from Rocky III) and hesitating in the cab of a delivery truck before Sly-ding over to the wheel on the right side (this is England, after all).

"It took a brave client with huge ambition to buy the work," says Boxall, "which of course we were delighted with." In fact, Jonathan Warburton, chairman of the family business, does a nice turn playing himself, and even gets in the last word. (Sorry, Sly, client's prerogative.)

Marketers have been on a roll with commercials starring fading movie hunks of late, and this one's generating lots of publicity. Look for Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Van Damme to keep appearing in ads—while brands savor the sweet rewards.

"We'd always hoped the campaign would be good enough that U.K.-based journalists would want to write about it," says Boxall, "but since Warburtons' core business is U.K.-based, we'd never set our ambitions globally. To have people inquiring from around the world is a great added bonus."


Client: Warburtons

Agency: WCRS, London

Executive Creative Director: Billy Faithfull

Creatives: Andy Lee, Jonny Porthouse

Agency Producer: Sally Lipsius

Account Handling: Louise Davidson, Tim Boxall

Planning: Liz Baines

Media Agency: Mindshare

Production Company: Another Film Company

Director: Declan Lowney

Producer Simon Monhemius

DOP: Haris Zambarloukos

Editor: Leo King

Production Designer: Clare Clarkson

1st AD: Chris Kelly

Editor: Leo King/Stich

Postproduction: Jason Watt/Finish

Colorist: Paul Harrison

Lead Flame: Jason Watts

Flame: Andy Copping

Flame: Steve Murgatroyd

Lead 3D: Harin Hirani

3D: Alaric Holberton

Postproducer: Louise Unwin

Audio: Ben Leeves/Grand Central

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