Sunday, 28 April 2013

I just want to know your name

So a couple of months ago, while I was watching TV, I came across this Lays Potato Chips commercial: http://www.youtube.com/embed/dHyF7xIqhG4


Of course, I was immediately captivated. I wanted to know exactly who this Adonis was. However, my usual search tactics proved to be fruitless... with thousands of Lays commercials popping up from every country, in almost every language, but with absolutely no trace of him.

And so I embarked on the search for the Lays man. It began on Facebook and Twitter and eventually branched out; I was like an agent on the prowl. Still, weeks went by and all my initial leads dried up. It was then that I decided to take the next obvious step by filing a formal complaint with the company itself. 

It didn't take very long for someone at Simba/Frito-Lay to get back to me. I missed the first few phone calls, but in this week, one of their consultants called me at work. After taking all of my details, he inquired as to what the problem was exactly, expecting some kind of legitimate complaint regarding one of their products. The conversation went something like this:

Him: (typing furiously) Ma'am, can you kindly tell me the problem.

Me: Are you typing all of this?

Him: Yes I am ma'am... tell me the problem while I type it up.

Me: Make sure you get every word in ok? Right. My problem is that I'm trying to find the name of the guy in the Lays advert showing on tv...

Him: (typing) ... trying to find the name of the guy in the Lays advert on... the one on tv?

Me: Yes, the one on tv. Add to that: and if the company cannot reveal the name of the guy in the advert, kindly refer me to the advertising agency responsible for shooting and running the ad on tv...

Him: (still typing) ... and if the company cannot reveal the name...

Me: Yes exactly like that. 

Him: Is that all Ma'am? Are there any other problems?

Me: No, no problems. I just want to know his name. 

Him: (incredulous) Are you serious?

Me: As serious as a heart attack. Look, I just want to know the guys name ok. 

Him: (laughs for about 10 solid minutes) Oh man, I can't believe it. Why? What are you going to do? Stalk him?

Me: Why not? Have you seen him? And no, I'm not going to stalk him. I just.want.to.know.his.name.

Him: Why can't you look for me like that? I mean, I look like him too...

Me: My friend, if you looked like him, you'd be on TV and not on the other side of this conversation innit?

Him: (more laughter) Aw man, now how can you say such a thing?

Me: It's funny coz it's true.

The banter lasted for some time before he closed the call, telling me that all their conversations are recorded for quality purposes. 

But see, that wasn't good enough for me. I knew, I just KNEW that there was something I was missing, and I had a good think about it for a while. And then it hit me. The commercial is in Spanish (no African country except Equatorial Guinea and a few Northern parts of Morocco, speak Spanish)... so using my cunning wit and a few advanced searching skills, I typed in the right combination and voilà, it worked like a charm. 

Turns out that Willam Levy Gutiérrez was born on the 29th of August 1980 in Cojima, Cuba. He is a Cuban-American actor and a former model. He is also known as William Levy, has 2 kids with his ex-girlfriend and was voted one of the 50 most beautiful men in the world by People en Español:
And really, I just wanted to know his name.

43 comments:

  1. YOW ZAH!!!! Nice eye candy and excellent PI work on your part!

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    1. Thanks Ms Keeping it Real ;)

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    2. From South Africa:
      Thx Azra ~ Whew! Now we can sleep at night. Seriously.
      The ad only reached here a couple of months ago -- and we have been dying to know who this hunk is! Almost as yum as the Lays! Appreciate your investigative skills....

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  2. Oh my goodness. You crack me up. Glad you found his name. Cheers and here's to a fun week ahead.

    Boogie boogie.

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    1. Great week ahead for you Happy Whisk! ;)

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  3. He was on the 1st season of the Real Housewives of Miami!

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    1. That's nice to know Roving Retorter - I don't think that show airs here though.

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  4. Haha he looks like him too. I'll remember that next time I'm on the phone. As if Mr Six-pack would eat potato chips.

    P.S. A Spanish commerical huh.... I may have seen him. Hint: Mallorca.

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    1. Yeah, I'm sure you've seen him and walked right by Grumpy.

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  5. Hahahah, oh Azra, this is SO FUNNY! Hahahaha

    Okay, now that I have stopped laughing, that is really one good looking male specimen. Wowww!

    *Attempts not to drool and work and look like a person frothing at the mouth in dire need to medical attention.****

    PS: Have you ever considered investigations as a part time job? You're very good at it, and persistent! :)

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    1. Prixie, my Mother tells me to go into Forensics... I just don't know where to begin. We'll see ;)

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  6. Do you want me to find his agent for you? I think that he's represented by CAA.

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    1. Thanks LL, nah I'm good for now thanks!

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  7. You are flipping hilarious. I would have done the very same thing. Except maybe not called the people at Frito Lay. And I kind of have a small crush on Captain Morgan.

    This may be the most embarrassing comment on someone's blog that I've written yet.

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    1. When it comes to a fine specimen, I don't mind calling ANYONE Rooth ;) We're all entitled to our crushes - and they needn't have to make any sense either :)

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  8. OMG I KNOW HIM!!!

    Well, not KNOW-know him...

    He was on some Spanish/Mexican/smthg-or-other soap opera, "Careful with an angel" (bwahahah) that was shown on a Serbian satellite TV station shown here (my aunt has it)...that, or I saw it while in Serbia and Croatia last year. Maybe both.

    He is DELICIOUS.

    Mmmm.

    OMG, ahahahahah!! I've found the opening credits as shown on Croatian TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWASzfayqos

    We must find more snippets of this show, like, pronto. Hee!

    (Also? Your post is made of awesome. DUH.)

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    1. For a minute there, I thought you were going to get me his number Pretzel Thief ;) Thanks for the link!

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  9. Jesus Christ. Well, I'm gonna stalk him!

    Hold on, I need a lie down...

    Azra, that was hilarious. :)

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    1. Keep me updated on the stalking Jules... ;)

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  10. He and Elizabeth Gutierrez were married and they divorced, but from checking with a source close to the matter, they are back together. I don't know how long that will last, so you should be poised to leap at the first sign of another fracture in that seemingly fragile relationship.

    Elizabeth is rumored to be "insane with jealousy" and quick with a knife.

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    1. I don't think he and Elizabeth are back together LL, but then again, stranger things have happened. (Yeah I know her whole life story too - I'm thorough like that :D)

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  11. Oh wow, you could grate cheese on those abs...

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    1. Yes, cheese and just about anything else that needs to be grated DWei :)

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  12. All that effort, and in the end you don't type his name correctly. Oh come oooohn!

    XD

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    1. Candide, the only name that's important (because he needs to respond to it) is "Baby" LOL!! ;D

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  13. This blog is a great find. My first language is sarcasm as well. Please pop in on my site www.genresofmylife@blogspot.com

    And sometimes, all we ladies need is a name and a good set of abs.

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    1. Thanks Holly, another mans Abs are key to a healthy lifestyle.

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  14. lol, brilliant. I'm sure you made that guy's day. I doubt they have phone conversations like that often. the guy is hot. I have to give you that. and tall. yum!

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    1. I wonder if I'll ever speak to him again Petra, but in any case, he's got the recording if he misses my voice ;)

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  15. Good job, Azra! Now, let me dream about him tonight lalala~

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    1. Thanks Debie Grace... dream away!

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  16. Wow!! Im agree Az! So cuban. Didn't???xo

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    1. I love that he is Cuban Gloria... South Africa has very strong ties with Cuba, I can have him deported from his own country haha!

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    2. I love cubans too but dont tell anybody lol!

      this was a really interesting post lol

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  18. Oh man, this made me laugh.

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    1. I'm glad I could make you laugh Saduf :)

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  19. También lo hubiera buscado por mar y tierra este cubano buen mozo jej interesante post,saludos amiga hugs.

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    1. Saludos y abrazos Rosita mi amiga :)

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  20. Came across this piece on my many attempts to find the name of that guy (for my own stalker purposes), Cannot thank you enough for not only introducing me (formally) to this Latino Adonis, but for the great laugh whilst reading it! Great Job...as Oprah would say...

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  21. Hi Lauren, I'm glad to be of service to you and our kind :D

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  22. Thank you for finding his name:) and I thought I looked everywhere!

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  23. @Abashia Jappie - I'm glad I could help out :)

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