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Adrien Brody and Gael Garcia Bernal asked to explain participation in Gillette commercial

Adrien Brody and Gael Garcia Bernal. (Evan Agostini/AP; Dan Steinberg/AP)

Brody was on the “Today” show to discuss his new film “Detachment,” in which he plays a substitute teacher trying to get through to troubled public school students.

“We love you for your art and your mind,” began MSNBC’s Tamron Hall. “But I gotta ask you about your style” in the Gillette ad.

Dixon asked if Brody styled himself for commercial. He joked about shaving his beard and his facial hair being nicknamed “the anchor.”

Savannah Guthrie interjected, “Now people know you for the Gillette commercial more than your Oscar performance.”

No, no, no, exclaimed Matt Lauer and Al Roker, bringing sanity back to the interview. “Bad call, sister,” Roker added.

Instead of saying “yikes!” as this writer would have, Brody helped Guthrie out: “I was at a pizzeria, and the guy said, ‘I love you in those commercials!’”

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Bernal, however, really had to explain himself to Nisha Gopalan at Vulture, who asked him, “What’s up with you being in a Gillette commercial?”

“It’s the most serious work that I’ve done. I don’t know why you’re laughing,” the “Case de mi Padre” actor replied. Vulture then asked him about a behind the scenes video he did, where he said his facial hair helps him define his characters. “Seriously?” asked the interviewer. He replied:

I know, I know … Imagine how I felt doing it. I had to laugh about it and go for it, you know? But it’s a razor blade, so you give importance to the beard, no? It was an acting challenge, but I was being very honest. If it sounds funny — it is funny for me as well. But this is work, man.

Andre 3000, the third famous star in the commercial, has not been asked to defend his razor shilling.

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