The “Dude, you’re getting a Dell!” guy gained a modicum of fame in the early aughts for popping up in random Dell commercials and surprising enterprising college students and old people with a Dell computer. (Really? This? I asked for an Apple Powerbook…)
Now, Ben Curtis has reemerged onto the tech scene, exciting dudes everywhere with a nostalgia boner for old computers. And Mr. Curtis claims he knows exactly how to solve Dell’s recent financial woes: hire him back, obvi.
“I think they’re making a huge mistake and simply need to bring back the Dell Dude!” Mr. Curtis told Bloomberg. “That’s it. That’s all they need to do. If they brought me back, their sales, stock and media presence would skyrocket. That is by FAR the smartest move they could make.”
Mr. Curtis was fired from Dell after he was caught buying a bag of weed while wearing a kilt, which seems like the most dude thing you can possibly do. But unfortunately for Mr. Curtis, Dell was none too impressed with having a stoner for a spokersperson. Since his 2003 firing, Mr. Curtis has been bouncing around from one low-budge acting gig to the next, and is clearly anxious to get back onto TV screens everywhere.
Dude, are you sure this recent bid for relevancy has nothing to do with your struggling acting career? Either way, publicly begging for your old job back is only slightly less humiliating than a massive tech company getting advice from its former bro spokesperson.