Arnold Schwarzenegger and Salma Hayek star as retired Greek Gods in BMW’s Super Bowl Ad for its new electric vehicle, the BMW iX.
Schwarzenegger and Hayek appear in the minute-long ad as god of the sky Zeus and his wife Hera, goddess of women, marriage, and childbirth.
The playful ad depicts the two gods’ decision to retire from their posts and leave Mount Olympus for cozy Palm Springs, California.
The ad shows as Hera blends in naturally with the world of mortals, but Zeus has difficulty adapting. He finds himself on the other side of many requests for him to use his control of electricity to charge others’ devices.
Schwarzenegger teases BMW ad ahead of Super Bowl debut
The ad was teased by Schwarzenegger online and has since become massively anticipated by his fans.
With just an avatar and a few words on Instagram, he recently shared the poster for the upcoming ad, showing his white-bearded visage while wearing golden body armor.
The actor, who was once Governor of California, shared the news last Thursday, adding just a cryptic caption that intoned, “Coming February 2022.”
The veteran actor’s post went viral, with fans and followers excited about the upcoming advertisement. The 74-year-old’s son, Joseph Baena, a real estate agent in Beverly Hills, commented, “Oh god of the sky, please bless my pump today.”
Schwarzenegger’s teaser was not for the feature film of the Greek god in his old age, as many of his fans had anticipated, but rather for a Super Bowl commercial which will be run during the big game on February 13.
Schwarzenegger is now single, after finally being divorced from former wife Maria Shriver ten years after she filed for the split.
The actor then posted a preview spot that ramped up buzz even more. Schwarzenegger as Zeus looks like he has just stepped off Mt. Olympus for a quick coffee. But his rather unusual — okay, unique — name, poses a problem for the server, whose task it is to write the name and announce that his coffee is ready.
“I got a macchiato for a…. Zayoos? Zoyss? Zoyss!” He finally announces triumphantly, proud of himself that he has conquered the pronunciation of the name.
“It’s Zeus,” intones the Terminator, with his eyebrows knitted and clouds figuratively gathering behind him, despite the sunny Californian exterior of the coffee shop.
“Whoa…. kind of like the Greek god of lightning?” The young man asks incredulously.
“Exactly like that,” Zeus growls. Calmly taking his macchiato, Schwarzenegger gives one last withering glance back at the waiter as he goes back to his seat.