Big Papi promotes the upcoming sci-fi thriller Life, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, in a funny 30-second TV spot.
The film, directed by Daniel Espinosa, revolves around a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission turns into a fight for survival when the life-form they discover, which is far more intelligent and terrifying than anyone could have imagined, threatens the crew and all life on Earth.
The ad starts like the official trailer, with Ariyon Bakare saying “This could be a major scientific breakthrough” while looking through a microscope at the life-form newly found, but then it takes a humurous turn: “We’re looking at the first proof of life after baseball”, adds the actor, while his fellows are listening very carefully. At this point, viewers get to see the life-form after baseball seen through the microscope: it’s Big Papi (David Américo Ortiz Arias by his real name, a Dominican American retired professional baseball player) sitting on a seemingly very comfortable armchair and eating snacks. When Ryan Reynold makes a remark involving the word “daddy”, Ortiz gets angry: “Who are you calling daddy? I’m Big Papi. I’m your daddy”, he says looking up to Bakare, who continues his “speech” from the official trailer: “Look how fast is growing” (in the meantime, Big Papi grabs a chip from the bowl next to him to eat it). “Hm, it’s in a deep state”, adds Bakare, looking at Big Papi sleeping with a pair of sunglasses on. “I’m hoping to wake him up”, says the actor, tickling him. “Are you sure you won’t hurt him?”, asks Reynolds, but it’s too late. Bakare has already touched Big Papi, who, armed with a baseball bat, asks “Want some of this?” and then gets ready to hit Bakare’s index finger.
The next scene is one we already know from the official trailer for the film, with Bakare starting to scream while trying to get his hand out, and Jake Gyllenhaal asking “What’s going on?”.
The spot, launched with the hashtag #LifeAfterBaseball, ends with Big Papi flashing a large grin and showing off his sparkling white teeth. Life will hit theaters on March 24.