Soup Nazi, Jerry Seinfeld reunite in Acura Super Bowl ad (Video)
Prepare for a Super Bowl of Soup Nazi.
The character, played by Larry Thomas, is one of the most memorable ones seen on the 1990s comedy series "Seinfeld." The Soup Nazi is set to make his return in a commercial that is scheduled to air during the 2012 Super Bowl NFL championship game on February 5.
An extended version of the ad, titled "Transactions," was released online on Acura's YouTube page earlier this week. It sees Jerry Seinfeld visiting a car dealership to try to become the first buyer of the new Acura NSX, a hybrid vehicle that is set to be sold worldwide in 2015.
The 57-year-old actor and comedian attempts to dissuade a fellow customer from purchasing the vehicle by bribing him with cash, the Soup Nazi and other offerings, such as "the last living Munchkin," played by Michael J. Anderson.
His casting was confirmed to OnTheRedCarpet.com by an Acura spokesperson. The 58-year-old actor and dwarf starred in the 1990s supernatural mystery series "Twin Peaks" and in its creator David Lynch's 2001 film "Mulholland Dr."
The commercial also features Jay Leno, the 61-year-old host of "The Tonight Show" on NBC, the network that aired "Seinfeld." Both he and Seinfeld collect cars in real life. Anderson and Seinfeld also appear in an additional online ad.
Acura said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com that the commercial is set to air during the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVI, which will see the New York Giants taking on the New England Patriots.
The Soup Nazi is based on a real person, New York City "SoupMan" Al Yeganeh. In "Seinfeld," he operates a soup eatery that enforces strict rules about ordering. If a customer does not follow them, the Soup Nazi barks at him to leave the line, saying: "No soup for you!"
"As you walk in the place, move immediately to your right," Jerry Seinfeld tells his friend Elaine in the episode, which aired in 1995. "The main thing is to keep the line moving. It's very important not to embellish on your order. No extraneous comments. No questions. No compliments."
Their friend George, played by Jason Alexander, tries to order soup but botches the attempt by noting that he did not receive bread. Elaine also breaks the rules later in the episode by engaging in small talk with the Soup Nazi.
"You know something?" he tells her. "No soup for you! . Come back one year! Next!"
Thomas was nominated for an Emmy for his role, which he reprised on the 1998 finale of "Seinfeld" and in a 2004 episode of the ABC medical sitcom "Scrubs." The Emmy went to "Coach" guest star Tim Conway at the 1996 ceremony.
In addition to his role as the Soup Nazi, Thomas has played Iraqi leader and tyrant Saddam Hussein on the show "Arrested Development" and portrayed Sept. 11 attacks mastermind and terrorist Osama Bin Laden in the 2007 film "Postal." Thomas also portrayed a dealer at a casino in the 1997 comedy movie "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery." He continues to act, mostly in small-budget films.
Also set to air during the 2012 Super Bowl is a Honda commercial that sees Matthew Broderick paying tribute to his iconic bad boy character, Ferris Bueller, made famous by the 1986 comedy movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."