Old Spice guy cast in Jennifer Aniston film
THR EXCLUSIVE: Mustafa lands role in 'Horrible Bosses'
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 THR that he will be appearing 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 citing 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.
The Hollywood Reporter: 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.
THR: 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!
THR: You also landed a talent agreement last month with NBC. What does that mean, and what shows are you filming?
Mustafa: It means I'm exclusively working with NBC unless they approve other projects. I'm going to be filming an episode of "Chuck" next week. I don't know how many episodes yet, but I do know I'm playing an official CIA guy (named Greta). The character is pretty goofy, so it's going to be fun.
THR: What NBC shows do you hope to film guest spots on or even join?
Mustafa: "Chuck" was my top choice. "SNL" would be a dream. It was one of the first television shows my mom let me stay up to watch. I was in love with Mr. Bill.
THR: Will you be continuing your partnership with Old Spice?
Mustafa: As far as commercials, I don't think there are any more lined up. They could always change their mind and want more. I signed on to be their spokesperson for a year, so I still have a few months left.
THR: In the commercials (check out one below), you appear to be quite the ladies man, but you have been dating dancer Brandi Oglesby. So, does art not imitate life?
Mustafa: No, I'm not one of those guys. If a woman is into me, it usually takes me awhile to figure that out. She has to hit me over the head with it.
THR: Do you follow a special diet or workout to keep yourself in shape?
Mustafa: I've been doing Tony Horton's DVD sets for three years. Right now, I'm vegan-cleansing: no processed sugar, no caffeine, no alcohol, no animal products and no gluten. I never knew what gluten was before. Now I know exactly what it is, and it's everything I want!
THR: Be honest, do you compare yourself to the Situation?
Mustafa: No, please. The Situation is the best thing in the world. Who names himself the Situation? If only the Old Spice Guy would have thought of that one. How outrageous is it? I do not take myself seriously like that -- not in the least bit -- that would be so pretentious.
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