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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?!: The Dell Dude Edition


#1 Dead of Knight  

Dead of Knight

Posted 09 November 2007 - 03:00 AM

http://nymag.com/dai...la_dude_at.html
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Next time you’re at Tortilla Flats and you find yourself wondering aloud to your dinner companion, “What ever happened to the guy who did the ‘Dude, you’re getting a Dell’ commercials?” don’t be surprised when Ben Curtis, the man himself, approaches your table and explains the tequila list. While guest-starring on Law & Order and acting in films like the upcoming Proud Iva, Curtis has been a waiter and bartender at the Tex-Mex spot for the past year and a half, and though he dressed up as the Dell Dude for the Halloween party, he’s not about to repeat the slogan for you. He might, however, give you a free shot. “All you have to do,” he says, “is come and have a good time.”

How often do people recognize you as the Dell Dude?
Every day. It’s really difficult, but it’s a humbling experience. There were times when I made boatloads of money as an actor, but here I can be myself.

What’s the most extreme reaction you’ve gotten?
There was a group of women in their early forties, one of whom was bawling. I walk over and they said, “Our friend just passed away. We thought you might be able to cheer [us] up, we know who you are and you’re an incredible human and you’ve been through a lot and you’re an incredible actor. We’re all DEA agents, and we think you should smoke as much pot as you want to. And we love you.”

Do people ask you to repeat the catchphrase?
I’ve had tables of young girls who think they recognize me, and when they ask me, I say “yes” and then they don’t believe me and they start arguing and ask me to do the catchphrase and I’ll laugh and say, “It’s been four years, but I’m glad you’re a fan.”

Do people quote it to you?
They get really drunk, and they’ll start yelling things at me. I either ignore them, or if it’s way out of hand, I go up and say, “I appreciate your support, but my name is Ben.” That usually doesn’t work so I smile and ignore them.

Have you met any girlfriends on the job?
I had one when I first started working there, but now I’m single for the first time in a while. I’ve met a couple people there I’ve gotten to be really good friends with or dated for a while.

You’re also in a band?
My band is Whale, made up of a bunch of former actors. We had residency at Fat Baby. It’s the first band I’ve ever fronted. We have the green light, but we’ve decided to take a little time off to record our EP and package ourselves properly.

:rofl:

#2 AlohaMars2   Don't feed after midnight CAGiversary!   428 Posts   Joined 18.0 Years Ago  

AlohaMars2

Posted 09 November 2007 - 03:13 AM

Dude, where is my jaggerbomb?

#3 Liquid 2   Dutch Dreams CAGiversary!   24368 Posts   Joined 17.3 Years Ago  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 03:14 AM

Okay?

#4 Dead of Knight  

Dead of Knight

Posted 09 November 2007 - 03:16 AM

Okay?

You might be too young to remember him. ;)

#5 Dunvane   The Diddler CAGiversary!   399 Posts   Joined 17.6 Years Ago  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 04:23 AM

You might be too young to remember him. ;)


Oooooo, Buuuuurn!

#6 ITDEFX   My foot itches..must be athlete's foot CAGiversary!   17270 Posts   Joined 18.0 Years Ago  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 04:25 AM

talk about falling from grace.

#7 crystalklear64   Ded CAGiversary!   13619 Posts   Joined 18.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 04:29 AM

An actor working at a bar/restaurant... WHAT MADNESS IS THIS?

#8 ITDEFX   My foot itches..must be athlete's foot CAGiversary!   17270 Posts   Joined 18.0 Years Ago  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 04:32 AM

well with the writers strike in progress...don't be surprised if your favorite actors are waiting on tables in California.

#9 mitch079   Mumm-Ra shares with no one! CAGiversary!   12842 Posts   Joined 18.1 Years Ago  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 04:35 AM

I remember when he got busted for pot a few years ago. And there's no way I would recognize him as the Dell Dude guy.

#10 becuzimbrown   Very popular in the OTT. CAGiversary!   7901 Posts   Joined 15.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 04:36 AM

i have a t shirt that says "Dude wheres my dell"

#11 RAMSTORIA   fate is inexorable CAGiversary!   11980 Posts   Joined 18.0 Years Ago  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 05:36 AM

talk about falling from grace.


falling from grace? the guy was in a few dell commercials. is it really that surprising that hes doing nothing now?

#12 Lobsterjohnson   Can't stop, won't stop. CAGiversary!   1402 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 05:42 AM

well with the writers strike in progress...don't be surprised if your favorite actors are waiting on tables in California.


People sign contracts for a reason.

I thought this was kinda cool. The guy wasn't going to be doing too much after Dell commercials and when he got busted for pot it sealed that deal even more. So it's good to see that he's still doing his own thing.

#13 Pancake Rabbit   Have A Cigar CAGiversary!   8427 Posts   Joined 18.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 05:48 AM

Oooooo, Buuuuurn!


That was a decent burn.

#14 ITDEFX   My foot itches..must be athlete's foot CAGiversary!   17270 Posts   Joined 18.0 Years Ago  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 05:50 AM

falling from grace? the guy was in a few dell commercials. is it really that surprising that hes doing nothing now?



either it was a really slow news day OR this guy was so famous that they needed to follow up with him and see what became of him.

#15 Liquid 2   Dutch Dreams CAGiversary!   24368 Posts   Joined 17.3 Years Ago  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 05:51 AM

You might be too young to remember him. ;)

Never heard that one before! :roll:

I thought this was kinda cool. The guy wasn't going to be doing too much after Dell commercials and when he got busted for pot it sealed that deal even more. So it's good to see that he's still doing his own thing.

Super agreed.
There's nothing funny about this. Except for his hair.


edit: Blitz is also correct.

#16 Blitz   Nasty Bastard CAGiversary!   379 Posts   Joined 18.6 Years Ago  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 05:52 AM

You might be too young to remember him. ;)



I think most remember him but they're just wondering what's so funny about the article.

#17 ratzombie   The Return CAGiversary!   12864 Posts   Joined 16.9 Years Ago  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 06:01 AM

Poor guy, I'm sure people yelling "Dude! You're getting a Dell!" gets old very quickly.

#18 lilboo   Not addicted to WoW CAGiversary!   18235 Posts   Joined 19.2 Years Ago  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 06:12 AM

So wait.
He got busted for pot a few years ago..and.. that's why they stopped the "DUDE! You're getting a DELL!" nonsense?

#19 The Green Giant   Banned Banned   9846 Posts   Joined 15.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 06:22 AM

I think it's cool he has a real job, and acts on the side.

Dude, where's my career?

:)

#20 captainfrizo   Member of CAG Before It Was Big CAGiversary!   3414 Posts   Joined 19.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 07:58 AM

So wait.
He got busted for pot a few years ago..and.. that's why they stopped the "DUDE! You're getting a DELL!" nonsense?


Yep. Dell dropped him after the pot incident. I can't say I miss the commercials either.

#21 Series M  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 11:53 AM

Those commercials were terrible. I was so glad he got arrested so I didnt have to see those anymore.

Hell, the "Im Mac, Im PC" are better then those old Dell ads.

#22 lordwow   Fmr. VP of the OTT CAGiversary!   20534 Posts   Joined 18.0 Years Ago  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 01:17 PM

Good news everyone, Tortilla Flats doesn't test for drugs before hiring.

#23 Ender   Bears, Beets....... CAGiversary!   2965 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 01:24 PM

An actor working at a bar/restaurant... WHAT MADNESS IS THIS?


Your sig is disgusting, get rid of that shit.

#24 Mookyjooky   Work is play... CAGiversary!   5203 Posts   Joined 18.2 Years Ago  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 01:34 PM

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#25 anotherjeff   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   151 Posts   Joined 15.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 04:42 PM

We had a broken TV in our dorm at college. We taped a cut out copy of the Dell Dude getting busted for pot news article on the broken TV. Anytime people would come by we would exclaim, "oh my god, look at what's on the news!"

yeah....that was dumb.

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Guest_Dick Tracy_*

Posted 09 November 2007 - 04:44 PM

What a douche bag.

#27 thekeybladewars   Smoke a bold. CAGiversary!   2930 Posts   Joined 15.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 05:14 PM

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An actor working at a bar/restaurant... WHAT MADNESS IS THIS?


Your sig is disgusting, get rid of that shit.



:D

#28 Skelah   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   941 Posts   Joined 17.3 Years Ago  

Posted 09 November 2007 - 06:29 PM

I like how he plays off his fall from fame..'I made a boatload of money' 'our band got the greenlight but were doing it our way and CHOOSING not to be signed' .
Basicly hes just got all the options in the world but he loves that resturant oh so much its like home.
;)

#29 jollydwarf   America's #1 Poster CAGiversary!   2615 Posts   Joined 17.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 06:39 PM

While this will probably be lost on most of you, does anyone know where the video of his 'cousin' pimping Xbox Live (on a 2002 kiosk demo disc, along with a demo for NFL Fever, I think, another game, and some trailers) could be found? It's a cut-rate MTVized 10-minute segment, complete with a "Screech" counterpart. To quote The Wizard "It's so bad."

Anyone remember this? I only bring it up because my first reaction to watching it was that they were trying to actually mimic the "Dell Dude" formula of suck-cess.

#30 crystalklear64   Ded CAGiversary!   13619 Posts   Joined 18.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 06:46 PM

Fix'd