Feature: Star of Pampers Commercials Checks Into Rehab
Marc Antonio Rodrigo Hereda Chavez Guadalupe-Hidalgo was his name: pull-ups were his game. By the tender age of 27 months he had booked gigs with Gerber, Phillips AVENT, Fisher-Price, and graced the cover of Forbes's 30 under 30 months. Lauded as the hottest thing on all fours, Marc Antonio was set to make waves accros the industry when he locked down the biggest deal in Pampers history. But what happens when the bright lights burn too hot?
The Skidmarks of Success
When they found him in his comped presidential suite at the Bellagio, he was face-down in his own spit-up, lathered in Johnson & Johnson's, a half-on/half-off pullup looped through one leg. Empty cups and tearaway tops of Mott's littered the floor. Cheerios crushed into powdered lines smeared on the coffee table. Yet another casualty - chewed up and spit out by the Hollywood machine.
"We all saw the signs," says Marc Antonio's director, Shane Scott:
It starts the way it always does - showing up late, erratic tantrums on set, a different wet nurse in the trailer daily - it's textbook behavior. We all knew when he'd been hitting the applesauce hard the night before when he'd show up wearing sunglasses the next day - I mean, unlike him, we weren't born yesterday.
The question is, could the spiral have been prevented? Couldn't anyone have stepped in and stopped this runaway train before it hit rock bottom? These questions loom large in the minds of those closest to Marc Antonio. Family members say they hold the "Hollywood Elites" and "Corporate Fat Cats" at Pampers accountable, claiming they use up and discard the Marc Antonios of the world every year without an iota of remorse. "Could we have done something to stop him? Maybe." mulled Scott, "Why didn't we? I don't know - maybe the work was too easy and the money too good to care - but hey, let's not forget that this is a business - if you're looking for a babysitter, I suggest you check Care.com."
You Have to Crawl Before You Walk
The long road to recovery for Marc Antonio starts at Passages Malibu. There, he'll be placed in the best hands to tackle the 12-step program, which for him is both metaphorical and literal as he's still struggling to stay upright on account of him supporting the full weight of his body with a pair of legs that has the constitution of cottage cheese.
His agent, Ibrahim Lutz, denied our request for an interview, however, he refused to give up on his client, briefly saying, "he'll be out before he you can say "mama" - can you say "ma-ma?" say "ma-ma?" - Sorry, force of habit - Hell, everybody loves a good comeback story, right?"
The Town Crier’s 4 steps to cooking for one:
Step 1 - Be Sad. We cannot stress this enough. Sadness is key to the perfect meal for one. The key ingredient is the salt found in the tears that drip into the pan as you stir. Salt is an excellent flavor enhancer, we all know that, but layer in nothingness that is your solitary existence and as your friend and mine, Guy Fieri, would say, “Welcome to Flavor Town Baby!”
Step 2 - Make either too much or not enough. This part is up to you - either make too little so that at end you are pacing around your apartment like a malnourished alley cat or make enough to survive the apocalypse. There’s no middle ground.
Step 3 - Eat 7 inches from the TV. The closer you get to the TV, the more it’ll feel like you’re with the people on it. The warmth from the TV will remind you of the warmth of being around real people, and while it’s not exactly the same, it’s something, and Lord knows you need it.
Step 4 - Leave the pots and pans in the sink to “soak” overnight. When it’s all said and done, walk over to the window, stare out into the night, and sigh deeply with the knowledge you’ll have to do it all over again tomorrow.
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