In the mid-90’s Chris Rock took over TV commercials when he teamed up with NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway for an ongoing series of Nike Ads. In the commercial; Rock played a smaller alter-ego of Hardaway known as ‘Lil Penny’. In a recent conversation with Complex, the former creative director who was behind the campaign shared that Rock wasn’t actually the first person they wanted to voice the character.
When you think of Lil Penny, Chris Rock’s name comes to mind almost as fast as Penny Hardaway. But while Rock’s voice has become synonymous with the sneaker world’s most famous puppet, it almost never happened. As it turns out, Rock wasn’t the first choice to voice the miniature alter ego of Hardaway. According to Stacy Wall, the former creative director at Wieden+Kennedy who was behind the campaign, it was Eddie Murphy who was tapped first for the part, but declined. “The voice in my head was sort of somewhere between Eddie Murphy’s voice in Coming to America and any athlete that had that ability to be prideful,” recalled Wall to Complex. Martin Lawrence and Damon Wayans were also candidates for the spot. And although Hardaway was a big fan of Lawrence, he admits that “it would have been different if Martin would have done it. Because Chris Rock’s voice, and that attitude and how hyper he was, really made it work.”
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