Turns out everyone has a price.

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Max E., Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Max E.

    Max E.

    I have been hearing these new TD Ameritrade commercials on CNBC for the last week, and i knew the voice doing the commercials sounded familiar, today me and a buddy were having a beer, and i asked him whether or not he recognized the voice, and he instantly said "Matt Damon." I thought he got it wrong at first.

    So, i looked it up, and it took me 2 minutes to find out that Matt Damon the creator of "Inside Job," which is a documentary that attacks wallstreet, the same Matt Damon who is constantly shilling for left wing ideas, Is more then willing to use his voice in order to advertise for TD Ameritrade.

    This is quite comical, maybe next up Michael Moore will shill for options express.

    TD Ameritrade taps Matt Damon to take on E*Trade baby

    (Reuters) - So long, Jack McCoy, hello Jason Bourne.

    TD Ameritrade has decided to replace its longtime frontman and Law & Order star Sam Waterston. His replacement: Matt Damon.

    The star of the 'Bourne' movie franchise signed a multi-year deal to become the new voice of TD Ameritrade as the discount brokerage seeks to refresh its brand.

    "Our old advertising worked well, but it was getting a little bit tired," Fred Tomczyk, chief executive of TD Ameritrade, told Reuters in an interview.

    The two stars couldn't be more different.

    Waterston, 71, a Shakespearean actor who also spent 18 years as a small screen star playing district attorney Jack McCoy in the Law & Order series, exudes an old-school charm.

    Meanwhile, Damon, 41, made his mark on the big screen in movies such as 'Good Will Hunting' -- the screenplay for which he won an Academy Award -- 'Saving Private Ryan' and more recently, the action-packed, assassin-turned-good-guy Bourne series. He was named People's Sexiest Man Alive in 2007.

    Tomczyk said Waterston had been a "fantastic" spokesman, particularly through the financial crisis, with his steady, no-nonsense delivery, but the company decided to go in a different creative direction to better distinguish itself from competitors.

    Waterston, who once played physicist Robert Oppenheimer in a television mini-series about the father of the atomic bomb, had been the face and voice of TD Ameritrade and predecessor firm TD Waterhouse USA since 2003.

    The new ads come about six months after TD Ameritrade hired ad agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in July, ending a 14-year relationship with Ogilvy Mather Worldwide, a unit of


    Phillip Bowman, chief marketing officer at TD Ameritrade, said he could not disclose the length of the contract with Damon, but said it was "many years." Unlike Waterston, Damon will not appear in TD Ameritrade's commercials but instead will play the part of narrator.

    Bowman said Damon was an easy pick among the six or seven well-known actors who were considered for the role.

    "He's probably one of the most talented and recognizable voices in the world right now, and we want every edge we can get for the campaign," Bowman said.

    In recent years, E*Trade Financial has garnered a lot of attention with its popular talking babies commercials, including one that ended in a lawsuit filed by Lindsay Lohan.

    TD Ameritrade is the second largest discount broker by assets, after Charles Schwab Corp, but ahead of E*Trade.

    Damon, who narrated the 2010 movie about the financial crisis, 'Inside Job,' also once played an oil analyst in 'Syriana.' He plans to donate the money he makes from the ads to charity, as Waterston did before him, Bowman said.

    The first of the new commercials, called "Common Sense," airs on Monday. The spot combines live action and animation with Damon's voice in the background promoting TD Ameritrade's investment consultants with a calm, straight-forward delivery.

    An ad featuring the company's online trading platform will follow. The campaign also will include print and online ads.

    TD Ameritrade has spent around $250 million on marketing and advertising in each of the past two years.

    Bowman said spending in 2012 would increase slightly because of this year's Olympics in London. The company is a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team. Overall advertising and marketing will be between $245 million to $285 million for the year.

    The new ads featuring Damon's voice will run on national television networks along with various cable networks, including CNBC, ESPN, TNT, and the History Channel, and can also be viewed here

    (Reporting by John McCrank in New York; Editing by Walden Siew)
  2. Do as I say, not as I do.

    Typical liberal.
  3. jem


    If Charlton Heston ran the studios these actors would all be pro gun chariot driving conservatives.

    Damon might not be but most of these guys and women are just casting couch successes spouting the party line to get their next project.
  4. Max E.

    Max E.

    Matt Damon seemed like a guy who atleast genuinely knew something about politics. I understand what you are saying about the worthiness of these celebs opinion, and that was why i was caught off guard by this one, prior to hearing this ad i actually thought Matt Damon cared to some extent, and that he understood what he was talking about..... Guess i was wrong.

  5. jem


    I wonder if this is why he was out blasting obama as a one term loser with no guts to get stuff done.

    was he sucking up to his new audience?

    Perhaps he is getting more conservative as he sees his taxes getting wasted by obama reid and pelosi.
  6. Maverick74


    Max, these guys will do anything for money. You see, at the end of the day, every guy is looking for his edge. Whether it's the boogey man on Wall Street or an actor. If the cash is their for the taking, both the liberal actor and the Wall Street trader are going to reach for it.
  7. Max E.

    Max E.

    I agree with what you said, this one just caught me off guard cause Damon wasnt just some air head shilling for PETA. He was out there marching with teachers (his mom is a teacher) and i even saw him attack Christie when he first started taking on Teachers unions.

    So seeing him shilling for a brokerage is not the same as seeing some holly wood flake campaigning for the do-do bird, and then switching to infomercials..... It was just an incredibly strange twist for Damon to make such a drastic change...... IMO.

  8. The press release clearly states that Damon is giving all fees from the commercials to charity (as Waterston did before him).

    He's taking the banks for their money and donating it to a preferred cause.