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Orson Welles Drunk Outtakes for Paul Masson Wine Commercial

Orson Welles Drunk Outtakes for Paul Masson Wine Commercial

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Here’s outtakes of Orson Welles, director of Citizen Kane, drunk as he films a commercial for Paul Masson Wine (watch it on YouTube here).

The Paul Masson brand is best remembered for its 1970s marketing association with Orson Welles, who promised for Masson: “We will sell no wine before its time.” The infamous outtakes for one commercial from the Orson Welles campaign features Welles attempting to deliver his lines while very severely inebriated. Despite a lucrative contract which included a clause allowing for generous quantities of free wine, Welles was subsequently sacked from the Paul Masson commercials in the early 1980s after admitting on a US talk show that he never drank Paul Masson wine.

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  • This makes me very, very sad. Go watch the ferris wheel scene in “The Third Man” and you will know why. Nobody should have that much talent– this is only the inevitable result.

    • soy hijo de orson welles, ponganlo en conocimiento de la familia que quede, es muy dolorosa mi vida, vivo en almeria españa modesto molina fernandez 53 años en agosto de 2010 hablen conmigo, desearia salir de esta pena, muchas gracias.

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