Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, left, and
Robert Hays sit with “Otto Pilot” in the original
“Airplane!” cockpit during the shoot of the new aerial ads
for the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The ads premiered
Monday at Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism.
MADISON – The
original stars of the classic comedy “Airplane!” have joined
forces in new ads promoting Wisconsin.
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and actor Robert Hays, actors in
the 1980 movie, are starring in a new set of 30-second TV ads
for the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.
The new summer, fall and winter spots premiered Monday at the
Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism and include seasonal
aerial footage of Wisconsin along with some new scenes filmed in
the original cockpit of the movie. The spots also reunited
Wisconsin natives and “Airplane!” writers and directors David
and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams.
“Wisconsin is blessed to have so much to offer visitors,” said
Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett at the conference.
“We're so fortunate to have Wisconsin talent, a former Milwaukee
Buck and NBA legend and a Hollywood star lend their talents to
showcase the beauty of Wisconsin in a fun and memorable way.”
Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, said he enjoyed
making the commercials.
“I started my NBA career in Wisconsin and I still hold many fond
memories of the state and its people,” he said in a statement.
“It's always fun to put on the pilot's uniform and reprise the
Roger Murdock character.”