Clive Owen is a respected actor, who starred in a number of acclaimed theater productions in the U.K. before going on to become a major TV star, thanks to Stephen Poliakoff's "Close My Eyes" and the popular TV series "Chancer." After starring in Mike Hodges' surprise hit "Croupier," he became a fully-fledged movie star too, with supporting roles in "The Bourne Identity" and "Gosford Park" turning into lead roles, opposite Angelina Jolie in "Beyond Borders," in Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City," and an Oscar-nominated turn in "Closer." He even starred in one of the very best films of the last decade, Alfonso Cuaron's astonishing dystopia "Children of Men."
But things haven't been so great of late. Starring vehicles like "Duplicity," "The International" and "The Boys Are Back" underwhelmed, and even a decent performance in an underrated film like David Schwimmer's "Trust" went mostly unnoticed, leading the actor to sport a hilarious moustache in C-list actioner "Killer Elite." But as it turns out, things can get worse as The Inspiration Room have revealed that Owen is currently starring in a TV campaign for Burger King in Spain.
Playing on his trademark suave style as he wanders the Spanish streets, past dancing couples and a giant Whopper, it's not quite a career low, as anyone who saw him in "King Arthur" will attest to, but it can't feel great. Of course, movie stars have a long history of shilling for product abroad, normally with the condition that the spots are never used in the U.S, but in the internet age, there's no way to keep this kind of thing under your hat.
To be fair, Owen's slate for 2012 looks like it could provide an upswing. We've heard good word on Juan-Carlos Fresnadillo's "Intruders," he's playing Ernest Hemingway opposite Nicole Kidman in Phillip Kaufman's HBO drama "Hemingway & Gellhorn," and he'll appear in "Man On Wire" director James Marsh's in IRA thriller "Shadow Dancer," which will bow at Sundance in a few weeks. So hopefully, he won't have to take the fast-food dollar for too much longer. In the meantime, we're off for a Bacon Double Cheeseburger. Who says advertising doesn't work?