The Japan Guy Featured in a France Bed Commercial

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I wanted to show you guys a commercial I was in a few months back. I delayed putting this up because I didn’t want to catch any heat about it from my job. But now, I don’t have those constraints anymore, I can post to my little heart’s content.

I was fortunate to have an opportunity to do a commercial for FranceBed, but actually the commercial isn’t about beds at all. It’s a commercial about a wheel chair (no I’m not the one in the wheel chair). At first I was all like “Hell yeah! I’m gonna be in a commercial!” Then I was like “Wait, it’s a wheel chair commercial.” It’s a little difficult to try to sound all cool to your buddies when the subject matter is a wheel chair. I can’t walk up to my buddy and say “Yo, check me out in this new wheel chair commercial, homie.” I can imagine the eye rolls, the snickers, and the jokes now…sigh.

Nevertheless, it was a fun job because the director and staff were so freakin’ nice. They made sure I was comfortable for every single take, and really made feel special. Not to mention that it was GREAT Japanese practice. On a job like this where everybody is Japanese but you, you can’t just sit and be silent, right? I use these chances whenever I can to try and talk…whether I screw up or not. It was also neat being in front of the camera trying to give the director all kinds of different faces and expressions. I hope I get to work with him again sometime:

There was a 15-second version:

and a 30-second version

See you later ;)

Donald Ash

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  • mcv

    WTF!? If this guy on wheelchair needs to use his legs as on the video, then what’s he doing on the wheelchair in the first place? :D

    • thejapanguy

      Bwaahahahahah!! You almost made me spit out what I was eating! That’s too funny, but a very good point. I guess it’s wheelchair that’s custom made for rehabilitation, hence the leg movement. Thanks for the laugh :)

  • Nanami

    That’s a pretty nifty feature! ^_^ And yay for another commercial under your belt!

    • thejapanguy

      HOORAY!!

  • Devon

    Man you rock Don. That was great. Look at you being a commercial actor. Way to go man.

    • thejapanguy

      No, you rock for posting a comment like that, Devon :) . Thanks, bro. I’m just trying to do what I can.

      Lately I’m starting to come to the simple realization that if I don’t start doing the things I really want to do, no matter where I live, I’m not going to be totally happy with my life.

      • TheCheese

        “Lately I’m starting to come to the simple realization that if I don’t
        start doing the things I really want to do, no matter where I live, I’m
        not going to be totally happy with my life”. This is exactly how I feel
        right now too. We’re the same age and I feel it’s now time to do it.
        I’ve been reading your blog for a while and commend you for what you’ve
        done these past few years. I’m doing the AEON thing at the moment and
        once the contract is up I gotta do what I want to do!

    • thejapanguy

      No, you rock for posting a comment like that, Devon :) . Thanks, bro. I’m just trying to do what I can.

      Lately I’m starting to come to the simple realization that if I don’t start doing the things I really want to do, no matter where I live, I’m not going to be totally happy with my life.

  • Maurice

    I love it!!!!!!! Too cool… I’m mad that the guy in the chair is doing the Cupid Shuffle! I guess his legs are just fine.

    • thejapanguy

      I’m mad that you referred to his little foot movement as the Cupid Shuffle. THAT IS HILARIOUS, BRO!!

  • emiko hunt

    This made me smile! Love you’re work Donald and well done – hope my tscoob buddy is well and happy! XO

    • thejapanguy

      OH SHIZNIT!! Hey Emiko! Seeing a comment from you makes me smile. I’m hanging in there, Emiko, I hope you’re doing well, too :)

  • http://zoomingjapan.com/ zoomingjapan

    Oh wow, pretty cool! Congrats! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Connor-Leroy-Grant/1178546502 Connor ‘Leroy’ Grant

    Donald this is amazing, laughed so hard, but laughing because I was happy to see you in a commercial. I’m an actor myself and moving to Japan is on my list when I finish drama school, this is both motivating and a feel good thing to watch.
    よくできました!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=749911534 facebook-749911534

    what was the pay? how many hours of work

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=749911534 facebook-749911534

    Japan Guy, was there 1991-1996, best years of me life…..smile…..for the commercial did it ever air on TV or was it just an inhouse internet CM?

  • CHris

    BWAHAHAHHA THIS IS PRICELESS YO!!!

  • VCole

    Interesting…..

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