If you search YouTube for “*** commercial,” where *** is the name of a big-time movie actor, you find that a fair number of them have starred in TV commercials in foreign countries, but not in the US. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tommy Lee Jones have done commercials in Japan, Chevy Chase did one in Turkey. It was even a key plot point in the movie Lost In Translation: Bill Murray played an actor filing a TV commercial in Japan.
So why do these actors film commercials that are shown in other countries, but not in the US? I would think they could charge more money for an ad that was going to be shown to a larger audience (I’m assuming here that the US TV audience is much bigger than that of, say, Japan or Turkey). Is it a concern for the impact on their public image? If so, why would US commercials negatively impact their images, but commercials shown in other countries won’t?
Anyone got insight?