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Sho Sakurai puts his English skills to use at commercial shoot

10:12 JST April 15, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

(image thanks to Aflac website)

Filming for two new TV commercials saw Arashi’s Sho Sakurai putting his English skills to use with staff members, reports Mainichi Shimbun Digital on April 15.

Sakurai has been shooting commercials for insurance company Aflac with his co-star, the Aflac duck puppet.  The puppet is controlled by four Hollywood puppeteers.  It has been reported Sakurai was able to communicate with the English-speaking staff on a number of occasions to help make sure the duck’s movements appeared natural.

One scene which required precise movements at the right time was when the Aflac duck turns around to look at Sakurai who is reading a book about cancer in a library.  When the puppeteers asked their translator, “what’s our cue for when the puppet needs to turn around?”, Sakurai immediately answered, “(after the line) ‘オヤジすごいです(oyaji sugoi desu)'”.  It has been reported other production staff at the shoot were impressed with Sakurai’s skills.

The new Aflac commercials will go on air in Japan from April 20.

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  1. Lyan
    22:56 JST April 15, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    sugoi Sho-kun 🙂

    thx Momo

    • 01:25 JST April 16, 2011 at 1:25 AM


      It’s so cool he’s confident enough to casually throw in a comment in English every now and then.

      Momo xoxo

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