A tale I heard
Actor Hugh Laurie on once accepting the role of a 'spokesmodel' for L'Oreal's male skincare range:
"I made a commercial and I was photographed, I did a poster once. If you're going to ask me questions about skincare, there's not much I can tell you. Don't rub a cheese grater up and down your cheeks. That would be my advice. Don't dunk your face in engine oil or other caustic substances. I don't know anything about it. They sort of ask you to do this thing and you go: 'You're out of your fucking mind, not in a billion years would I consider such a thing.' Then, as they tell you it's a great deal of money, the thought crosses your mind: 'With that money I could build a school in Senegal.' And then you can't say no. Because if you do say no, what you're saying is that your public pose is more important than people getting a school in Senegal or polio vaccinations in Uganda or whatever. You can't do that. You just can't."