Though Jeff Bridges will likely snare a trophy in the Best Actor race at Sunday night’s Oscars, he has been overshadowed in a different, far more important category: Car Commercial Voice-Over Work. After a series of Bridges-voiced Hyundai ads were deemed “unfit for air” by the Academy (some rule about featuring an ad with an actor who would then be seen on the awards), Mercedes-Benz announced today that Mad Men’s Jon Hamm will voice commercials for the company that will air during ABC’s Oscars broadcast. Mercedes’ marketing VP described Hamm as a “hot actor” (going out on a limb there!) who has a “terrific, very resonant voice with a lot of gravitas to it.” [Media Decoder/NYT]
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