Michael Caine and Elton John team up for COVID vaccine ad
LONDON (UK) – Renowned performers from Britain, singer Elton John and actor Michael Caine, have joined forces for a comic advertisement, in which they would seen ridiculing themselves. The ad is intended to encourage the public to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
The 90-second advert has John, 73, in a different avatar altogether sans his flamboyant reputation, while Caine is taking a dig at himself by repeating the famous catchphrase put to use by his innumerable impersonators: “Not many people know that”.
Having currently delivered first doses of vaccine to more than 12.6 million people, Britain is aiming for a target of reaching 15 million in the top four priority groups, which includes those aged over 70, by Feb. 15.
The commercial, released on Wednesday, features John pretending to audition for the role in the advert, gets criticised from the director for his acting skills and for being too “showbiz”. The singer then recreates an impression of Caine himself.
After showing himself as having a vaccine shot, he breaks into a rendition of “I’m Still Standing”, which is one of his hit songs. The director quips, upon this: “Thanks Elton, we will let you know”.
John replies: “At this short notice you won’t find anyone bigger”, before the commercial goes over to Caine having his vaccine shot.
“Hello, my name is Michael Caine,” the 87-year-old actor says. “I’ve just had a vaccine for COVID. It didn’t hurt – not many people know that.”
The director thanks Caine. He adds. “Let the little fellow know he didn’t get the job”.
Speaking about bring part of the commercial, John said in a statement: “I wanted to take part in this film to help show people the benefits of getting vaccinated and how it helps protect ourselves and the people we love.
“I hope we can all come together and do our bit in the fight against this wretched disease.”