Where's my Phil Collins? Image: Nike
Where's my Phil Collins? Image: Nike
Where’s my Phil Collins? Image: Nike

The saying goes that celebrities long to be athletes while athletes want the same lifestyle that celebrities take on. It seems like one of the few times that these two worlds intersect that doesn’t feel contrived or manufactured by ESPN (see: every celebrity that has ever the graced the cover of their magazine) is when they team up to do commercials, in particular ones that feature the athlete. Both are in their natural environments (the athlete does the work while the celebrity gawks at their awesomeness) and for a second they are able to step into each other’s world without overstepping their boundaries. Probably the most famous of these amalgamations was when the two MJs collided in the greatest crossover since Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny shared a frame.

But we can’t put that on our list because it wasn’t a commercial for any specific product (or was it?). So let’s take a look back at celebrities and even athletes who seem to be out of their element who starred in commercials that we never expected.