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Kareem Returns To Wisconsin (And The Friendly Skies) In New Ad

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has swapped his Lakers uniform for a pilots.(Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)closemore
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has swapped his Lakers uniform for a pilots.(Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Wisconsin is looking to boost tourism this summer, so it's turned to one of its former sports stars for help. The NBA's all-time scoring leader — and former Milwaukee Buck -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appears in a 30-second ad going back into character (sort of) as copilot Roger Murdock, a role he originally played in the 1980 movie comedy "Airplane!."

The new spot — titled "Airplane! Stars Shirley Love Wisconsin Summers" -- also stars Kareem's former flying buddy Robert Hays as Lt. Ted Striker and the inflatable Otto Pilot as himself. Otto's given some actual lines this time (he must have a good agent), and Kareem and Hays have some fun playing with some of their lines from the original film. It looks like a win/win for everybody involved, but I feel bad for the two kayakers whose vessels probably got incinerated when Striker came in a little too low above Lake Superior.

Here's the ad:

And here's one of Kareem's scenes from "Airplane!":

Gary Waleik Executive Producer, Only A Game
Gary Waleik is Only A Game's executive producer.

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