Old Spice guy cast in Jennifer Aniston film

Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:11am EDT
 
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By Leslie Bruce

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Whether he's on a boat or a horse, one thing is certain: the Old Spice guy is on a roll.

Isaiah Mustafa reveals exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter that he will be appear in Warner Bros.' "Horrible Bosses," starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. And in addition to a role in Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf," the former NFL player is filming a guest spot on NBC's action-comedy "Chuck."

All this comes on the heels of Nielsen data indicating that sales of Old Spice body products are up a monumental 107% in the past month as a result of his Emmy-nominated spots, and the Old Spice YouTube channels have been viewed more than 58 million times.

WHAT HAS THIS ROLLER-COASTER YEAR BEEN LIKE?

Isaiah Mustafa: It's a dream come true. It was a couple of lucky occurrences that had to happen for me to get the commercial. I missed the first audition but made the second one they scheduled because they hadn't found anyone. They said they were going to book me, but I didn't get the call. I said "Forget it" and put it out of my head. Then they called after Christmas. I think about it all, and it wows me.

WHAT CAN YOU SHARE ABOUT YOUR ROLE IN "HORRIBLE BOSSES"?

Mustafa: It's a smaller role, but who wouldn't want to be in one of these funny, irreverent comedies? The cast is great. I'm playing a cop because I play these authoritative characters well. I don't know exactly who I'm in the scene with -- maybe Jennifer Aniston!

YOU ALSO LANDED A TALENT AGREEMENT LAST MONTH WITH NBC. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, AND WHAT SHOWS ARE YOU FILMING?   Continued...