Bros­nan stunts for be­tel nut mouth fresh­ener

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

For­mer 007 star Pierce Bros­nan sparked ridicule on so­cial media Fri­day by star­ring in a new James Bond-style spoof com­mer­cial for an In­dian mouth fresh­ener that left fans shaken and stirred.

In ad­verts for In­dian TV chan­nels, news­pa­pers and bill­boards, the now bearded Bros­nan cut a fa­mil­iar pose as he grap­pled with vil­lains, flirted with beau­ti­ful women and took a spin in a high-end sports car.

But in­stead of con­ceal­ing a Wal­ter PKK within his im­mac­u­late­ly­tai­lored tuxedo, Bros­nan was re­vealed to be car­ry­ing a can of pan masala – a mix­ture of be­tel nut and spices that leaves lurid red stains on the mouth after be­ing chewed or when it is spat out.

“Class never goes out of style,” the 63-year-old Ir­ish ac­tor says at end of the com­mer­cial for the Pan Ba­har brand.

The new ad trig­gered a flurry of jokes, sar­cas­tic com­ments and pho­to­shopped im­ages of Bros­nan on so­cial media, with his lips stained red or his head su­per­im­posed onto the torso of a tobac­conist clad in a grubby sin­glet.

“How des­per­ate is #PierceBros­nan for money”, wrote one Twit­ter user, Aseem Chhabra.

Pan masala is a mix­ture of areca nut, pastes, spices and some­times tobacco meant to re­fresh palates and aid di­ges­tion, but the mak­ers of Pan Ba­har say their prod­uct is free of nico­tine. – AFP

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