It’s not exactly summer stock, but scores of celebs have honed their skills in that bastion of sugary consumerism, the Coke ad. While some performances are certainly of the sip and you’ll miss it ilk, they offer glimpses of future success. Here’s a roundup of some bubbly beginnings.
? Keanu Reeves, ”First Race,” 1983
SYNOPSIS Crumpled with disappointment after losing a bike race, Reeves perks up when his sympathetic TV dad brings him a drink. SAMPLE DIALOGUE Asked who his coach is, Reeves answers, ”My dad.” EARLY SIGNS OF GREATNESS The soon to be box office star infuses the words ”a Coke” with pitch perfect ”Bill & Ted” dudeism. B+
? Matt LeBlanc, ”Bus Stop,” 1990
SYNOPSIS Awaiting a bus on a desert road, a sweaty LeBlanc spots a billboard size bottle of Coke — and guzzles it down. SAMPLE DIALOGUE None, though his snug jeans speak volumes. EARLY SIGNS OF GREATNESS As the icy bottle drips on his shoulder, the future Joey unveils the perplexed expression that’s come to signal many a ”Friends” punchline. B
? Sharon Stone, ”Changes on a Train,” 1990
SYNOPSIS In a spot for Coke subsidiary Diet Sprite, Stone’s train leaves while she’s getting a soda — forcing her to climb back on the moving machine, ”Indiana Jones” style. SAMPLE DIALOGUE ”I changed my mind,” she barks at a suitor. EARLY SIGNS OF GREATNESS Though Stone’s locomotive heroics show action star potential (see ”Total Recall”), it’s her mussed up, cleavage baring persona that displays her true ”Instinct”s. A
? Jenna Elfman, ”Make Me Laugh,” 1991
SYNOPSIS Elfman and a slew of badly dressed early ’90s refugees bounce to the ”I like the Sprite in you” jingle. SAMPLE DIALOGUE None, given her split seconds of screen time. EARLY SIGNS OF GREATNESS The multitalented ”Dharma & Greg” star manages to simultaneously wink and stick out her tongue. B?
? Cameron Diaz, ”Beacon,” 1992
SYNOPSIS A scantily clad Diaz is drawn to a lighthouse dwelling hunk proffering cold cola. SAMPLE DIALOGUE ”I see I’m not the only one,” she murmurs, as a crowd flocks to the tower. EARLY SIGNS OF GREATNESS Dippity-Do hairdo foreshadows her seminal ”There’s Something About Mary” moment. A?