LONG POND, Pa. (AP) _ Dressed in a Bass Pro T-shirt and cap, Tony Stewart was all set to take his turn as a commercial fisherman.
Stewart had had his fun teaching kids how to catch and release trout from a pond. Now it was time to hook a new generation on the fun of fishing by filming a few promotional spots for his sponsors. An ace endorser _ his biggest whopper comes not from exaggerated tales of catching the big one, but hawking burgers for a fast-food chain _ Stewart needed only a few minutes to rehearse before it was time for action.
Stewart nailed his lines for a campaign promoting youth fishing days.
“Man, how does he do it! First take every time,” Stewart said.
He hit all his marks again when he’s asked to read a reworked script.
“Man, this guy’s a natural,” he said to laughter. “A natural!”
But the third promo trips him up: “The race track and somewhere near … blah, blah, blah, blah,” he says, temporarily tongue tied.
When he finished the next take without a blunder, Stewart was ready to accept an acting award.
“Three out of four right now. That puts you in the Hall of Fame,” he said.