Tuesday 27 January 2015

TV ad role for physicist Hawking

Published 01/01/2013 | 00:20

Professor Stephen Hawking is the latest well-known public figure to do the 'Go Compare' ad campaign character a mischief

Renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking is set to make many people's dreams come true - by sucking the Go Compare advert singer into a black hole.

The former Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge University is the latest celebrity to star in the website's adverts, where well-known figures plot to destroy fictitious opera singer Gio Compario and silence his irritating sales slogan.

The advert sees 70-year-old Professor Hawking announce to a packed lecture theatre that he has discovered how to generate a super massive black hole, before being asked what he will do with the knowledge.

The scene then cuts to the opera singer - played by Wynne Evans - haranguing a couple in the street, before a black hole forms behind him and sucks him in.

The wheelchair-bound scientist, well known for speaking using a computerised voice because of his motor neurone disease, is then shown laughing.

Professor Hawking, now director of research at Cambridge's Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, said: "I confess I am a fan of the Gocompare.com adverts, but I am also an opera fan, so I was delighted to be given the opportunity to help save the nation and silence Gio.

"I hope the public find it as funny as I did."

He joins a list of celebrities who have starred in the adverts this year which show people attempting to do away with the moustachioed tenor.

Ex-tennis player and Question Of Sport host Sue Barker, former footballer Stuart Pearce, survival expert Ray Mears and camp dancer Louie Spence have all starred.

Press Association

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