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.