In 1997, Mikhail Gorbachev, the final leader of the Soviet Union, needed some cash. So he made a Pizza Hut commercial. Of course there was more to the story than that, but not really so much. He reportedly received $1 million for the spot. “I thought that it is a people’ s matter — food,” Gorbachev told the New York Times after the filming. “This is why if my name works for the benefit of consumers, to hell with it — I can risk it.” Over at Foreign Policy, Paul Musgrave tells the tale:
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Update #1: Gorbachev’s Pizza Hut Ad Is His Most Bizarre Legacy (Foreign Policy)
Update #2: US Media Reveals Why Former USSR President Gorbachev Starred in Pizza Hut Ad (Sputnik)
WNU Editor: When I first saw the ad I just shook my head. Twenty-two years later …. I am still shaking my head.