Casting Call: Old Spice Guy Isaiah Mustafa Lands Role In Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Horrible Bosses’
First Published: July 28, 2010 2:48 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Isaiah Mustafa smells like a man – and soon, Jennifer Aniston will be getting a big whiff of the budding star.
Mustafa – aka TV’s Old Spice Guy – has been tapped to join the cast of the film “Horrible Bosses,” starring Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Jason Sudeikis and Jason Bateman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s a smaller role, but who wouldn’t want to be in one of these funny, irreverent comedies? The cast is great,” Mustafa told the trade. “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!”
The film, slated for release in July 2011, follows three friends who decide to murder their overbearing bosses with disastrous results.
The role marks the feature film debut for Mustafa, a former college and professional football player who has been launched into the pop culture stratosphere thanks to his quirky, rapid fire body wash spots.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, “Bosses” is just the latest gig for the actor, whose previous TV credits include roles on “Ugly Betty,” “Eli Stone” and “NCIS.” He recently lined up a guest appearance on NBC’s “Chuck,” as well as a development deal with the peacock network — but there’s another NBC show Mustafa has his eye on.
“’SNL’ would be a dream,” he revealed to The Hollywood Reporter. “It was one of the first television shows my mom let me stay up to watch. I was in love with Mr. Bill.”
And while Mustafa has made a name for himself, in part thanks to his rock hard abs (which he proudly shows off in his Old Spice commercials), he’s not looking to challenge a fellow perennially shirtless TV star for the title of most ab-tastic of them all.
“Be honest, do you compare yourself to The Situation?” The Hollywood Reporter asked, referring to the “Jersey Shore’s” Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino?
“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?” he joked. “I do not take myself seriously like that — not in the least bit — that would be so pretentious.”
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