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Monday, November 24, 2008
Adam Jones Gets Axed


Adam Jones headshot finally paid off!

It's 10:30am and I feel as tweaked out as Courtney Love on a Comedy Central Roast to say the least. I spent the last couple days in the Mecca of the bros filming a commercial for Axe deodorant spray—I guess word of my ill odors got out to the right people. After three days of filming a commercial, the one thing I can say with absolute certainty is that i will never take another commercial on TV for granted—it is hard work!

I landed in Beaumont, California Monday evening after fighting the traffic for hours and my travels were rewarded with the unsmiling faces of Myles Richmond and Beau Bamburg. We hung out for a while and then I retired on Myles spare midget-sized bed for a night of wonderful sleep.

Tuesday was for sure the easiest day of the commercial festival. I drove to LA to get my attire figured out (which was a set of Fox gear that I already knew fit me), and then I proceeded to sit in traffic for three-hours on the way back to Myles' house. It's always cool to visit my friends that live far away from me, so the three-hour drive back to Myles' house was worth it—even if I did end up getting repeatedly smoked in ping-pong. Oh, and wrestling with Beau and getting put in a Kimora and eventually tapping out and heading to the midget sized bed (once again) with my tail between my legs. Note to self, don't wrestle Beau... it only ends in tears.

"Mr. Jones, we're going to have to cover up this rose/skull/barbwire/tribal thingy on your back. Is that OK with you?"

On Wednesday, Beau and I headed to Lancaster to start filming the commercial. The agency was worried about my ability to perform the trick at hand, so they paid Beau a couple bucks to come hang out and possibly ride if I wimped out. We got there around 3:30pm and immediately put our gear on and practiced the set up for about a half-hour. The night ended up being extremely long. After practice, I switched into my gear for the shoot and hung out for about an hour before filming even started. After all was said and done on that first night of filming, I was in my gear and on my bike until 6am in the morning not to mention it was 30 degrees outside and half the jumps I had to perform were shirtless.

We headed back to the hotel to get some sleep and I didn't have anything to do on Thursday night, so we just chilled out and played Freerider 2 on our computers—not exactly what you'd expect us "rock star" freestylers to do with our spare time, but we were in Lancaster, California.

My call time on Friday night was at midnight and when I got there it was even colder than Wednesday night. The crew was running super late again, so I got in my gear and stood around until about 6am, which was when I started shooting my final parts. By the time the tail end of the shoot came around, I could barely keep my eyes open, so following orders was not easy for me. And that leads me to where I am now—in the truck with Beau driving home. I know what your thinking and I'm thinking it too; "why am I not sleeping?" It might be the fact that the sun feels like it's in overdrive today, or that I have no pillow, blankets, or place to sleep. I'll catch up on my sleep eventually. If there's one thing I know it's that I'm a pretty good sleeper. So in celebration of my first mainstream commercial appearance, my plans for the night are to pour myself a Captain and Coke and watch Tropic Thunder, since I've heard so much about it. But for right now, I'm gonna try to sleep in this bucket seat, stuck in the straight up position and see if I can't give myself a neck kink. Later! —Adam

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