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People are remembering Paul Mescal's first TV appearance following Oscar nomination

Lucy Devine

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People are remembering Paul Mescal's first TV appearance following Oscar nomination

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Paul Mescal fans were left buzzing for the actor this week when it was announced that he had been nominated for an Oscar for his role in father-daughter drama, Aftersun.

Mega fans will know that Paul, 26, shot to fame after his appearance as Connell Waldron in BBC adaptation Normal People. But super mega fans are remembering even further back, when the actor appeared in a TV advert for Denny's sausages in 2018.

You can watch the iconic ad below:

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In the video, Paul appears in an advert for Denny - an Irish brand that sells bacon, sausages, ham and other fresh produce.

He can be seen sitting around the breakfast table with his on-screen mum and dad. His dad is talking about Henry Denny (who is the founder of the company) inventing the bacon rasher, and goes on to explain how his sons travelled the world teaching others how to do the same.

Paul is pretending to be listening and doesn't seem that fussed. But all of a sudden, he bites into a Denny sausage and everything changes. As the slogan of the ad describes, he decides to 'seize the Denny' and go travelling himself.

In a TV advert for Denny's sausages in 2018. Credit: Denny
In a TV advert for Denny's sausages in 2018. Credit: Denny

He instructs his dad to "bring him the globe" before giving it a quick spin and vowing to travel to wherever his finger lands. Which turns out to be Bali!

Ballyhaunis, that is, which (you guessed it) is in Ireland.

In light of Paul's nomination, fans have been re-sharing the clip on social media, and people are loving it.

One person wrote: "Hope he thanks Denny in his Oscar speech."

While another joked: "So glad to see paul mescal finally getting oscar recognition for his performance in denny ad 'seize the denny'."

And a third said: "Tbh Paul mescal could be back in that Denny’s ad and I’d still think he’d deserve an Oscar."

Meanwhile a fourth added: "The Paul Mescal Denny’s sausage ad to Oscar nomination trajectory is unparalleled."

Paul is up for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. Credit: Image Press Agency/Alamy Stock Photo
Paul is up for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. Credit: Image Press Agency/Alamy Stock Photo

And a fifth wrote: "The denny to oscar’s pipeline officially exists thank you paul mescal."

Paul is up for Best Actor at the Academy Awards, nominated alongside Austin Butler for his role in Elvis; Brendan Fraser for The Whale; Colin Farrell for The Banshees of Inisherin and Bill Nighy for his role in Living.

The 95th Academy Awards are due to be held on 12 March 2023.

Topics: Celebrity, TV And Film

Lucy Devine
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