I Love YouTube: Orson Welles' TV Commercials
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To say Orson Welles was one of the greatest dramatic actors ever to grace the stage or screen is like saying that french pastries are delicious which is probably something Welles said all the time, because he was humungous.
Big fat dude, for real.
What really sets him apart from other legendary performers (other than, you know, being a fiercely independent, larger-than-life, iconoclastic performing arts pioneer who always spoke his mind and directed the best film of all time when he was like 16 years old) was his smooth, instantly recognizable baritone voice. It was absolutely hypnotic. Just listen to his 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds and tell me that you don't see how half the planet could've believed that Earth was actually under attack. He basically had a super-power; he was inhumanly articulate, enunciating every word effortlessly, letting them flow out of his mouth like so much warm butter. Which is I guess now that I've written that sentence a completely disgusting image. And something that is the opposite of what hanging out with Orson Welles actually would have been like, as that would involve watching a shedload of warm butter flow into the dudes mouth.
His voice is why he continued to be in such high demand as a voice-over and commercial actor long into his twilight years, allowing him to leave behind a rich legacy that includes a small part in Transformers: The Movie and these unbelievably awesome television commercials from the '70s/'80s:
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