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Celebrities cash in with overseas ads

Angelina Jolie
Here are some lip-smacking commercials that Angelina Jolie appeared in for the Japanese beauty company Shiseido. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
James Brown
Was James Brown really a ramen aficionado? Click here to watch his Nissin noodle commercial that aired on Japanese television in 1992.  (George Rose / Los Angeles Times)
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Before he was governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger made this commercial promoting a Japanese energy drink.  (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
George Clooney
Suave George Clooney is a natural to sell booze and coffee. Here’s a Martini & Rossi vermouth commercial that aired in Europe, and a Nespresso commercial that aired in France.  (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt -- an office drone working the copy machine? Really? Here he is selling Roots canned coffee in a Japanese commercial.  (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Andy Warhol
Pop art icon Andy Warhol made his name finding the art in popular culture, and he wasn’t above appearing on TV -- he even guest-starred on “The Love Boat.” Here’s a commercial he did in the early 1980s for TDK video tapes that aired on Japanese television. And here’s another one he did for Braniff International Airways. (Anacleto Rapping / Los Angeles Times)
Orson Welles
“Hello, I’m Orson Welles. I direct films” -- and sell whiskey in Japan. Here’s the “Citizen Kane” director’s pitch for G&G whiskey.  (AMPAS)
Sean Connery: Life in pictures
Connery pauses to flirt with Miss Moneypenny, played by Lois Maxwell, in a scene from “Goldfinger.” (Hand Out / Los Angeles Times)
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox cuts up in this Japanese commercial for Kirin canned drinks.  (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg sings in German. Need we say more? Here’s his commercial for Vybemobile, a German phone and music brand. (Katie Falkenberg / For The Times)
Salvador Dali
Surrealist artist Salvador Dali once said, “I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.” Take a look at this commercial for Lanvin chocolate and see what he means.  (Associated Press)
Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan shows his softer side -- and sings -- in this 1991 commercial for Hitachi air conditioners.  (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
It’s no surprise the “Material Girl” would be selling something overseas. Here’s her commercial for the Takara sake and spirits maker. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Ben Stiller
Comic actor Ben Stiller tries to score a touchdown with this Japanese commercial for Kirin’s Chu-Hi canned alcoholic beverages.  (Anacleto Rapping / Los Angeles Times)
Bruce Willis
This Japanese commercial for Eneos service stations looks a little more “Ghostbusters” than “Die Hard.”  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)