Times Of Israel Reports:
Adrian Grenier, best known as the star of HBO’s “Entourage,” returned to TV this week.
In a Passover commercial for an Israeli gift card company, the actor clips on a white satin yarmulke and nails the guttural pronunciation of the holiday’s Hebrew name, Pesach. He then proceeds to dispense terrible gifts — including a rock replica, an ashtray and an edible yo-yo — to grateful recipients.
“I’m Adrian Grenier, the most charming actor I know,” he informs the camera. “So charming that I’ve been able to give away crappy gifts.”
Warning viewers they are “no Adrian Grenier,” he suggests they take the safer route of purchasing gift cards from BuyMe, which reportedly paid him half a million shekels (about $140,000) to do the ad. More than just the Seder, Passover is a holiday for giving gifts in Israel, accounting for about a 10 percent increase in national spending. It is also a popular time to travel.
While in Israel to film the ad earlier this month, Grenier posed a photo of himself at the Western Wall on Instagram, writing: “Contemplating the infrastructure…of an ancient city in modern times, of a holy land, of history, of humanity.”
In a video interview with Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, he admits to not having visited the beach while in Tel Aviv. “Next time, I’ll have to come back,” he says. Grenier is not Jewish.
Last year, before Rosh Hashanah, another Israeli gift-giving holiday, Grenier’s Jewish “Entourage” co-star Jeremy Piven did a similar ad campaign for BuyMe. In that ad, Piven was the one getting bad gifts and pretending to love them.