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Whatever happened to... the 'plank' from the Johnny Logan McDonald's ad?


WE ALL REMEMBER the brilliant series of McDonald’s Eurosaver ads Johnny Logan recorded seven years ago. With the whole bronze leather trousers debacle yesterday, we couldn’t help but wonder what happened to the REAL star of the ads… the bronze-faced plank that used his mammy’s tinted moisturiser.

What did he do to his head at all?




That plank is Tommy FitzGerald, and caught up with him to see what the lad was up to now. Is the Logan-touch just a myth? What was he like? How did he feel?

Tommy was 17 when he appeared in the (we’re just gonna jump the gun here) ICONIC ad, just fresh into college. He says he used to do quite a lot of acting, but has since moved into other film-related things after studying cinematography in Dun Laoghaire IADT, and is currently running Lagoon Pictures with friend Patrick Ryan.


He got the McDonald’s role pretty quickly, after a cringey audition where a “stand-in guy who looked a lot like Johnny” stood there singing to him.

While he didn’t specify exact details of the role to his friends, he realised in the fitting that it was “gonna be a bit of craic”. And who didn’t shout quotes from the ad across the classroom?

It wasn’t until it actually came out that I got a bit of stick from my mates. I was recognised in public a couple of times, people would just shout WHAAAT across at me. Or in work, I worked in a bar after college, I’d bring pints over and they’d ask for a big mac and fries.

But it’s clearly just jealousy, he got to work with the actual JLO, the good one.

Johnny was so nice and relaxed about it, like he shot all three ads in one day. He was a joy to work with, he was quite funny and really understood that the whole thing wasn’t too serious. Director Declan Lowney, who’s directed some Father Ted [and recently the Alan Partridge movie] was so nice as well.

But what did he smell like? That hug was proper ‘in there’.

He smells quite good actually, didn’t mind being close to him at all now.


Will we be seeing him in any more ads any time soon?

I’d love to go back to acting. Clean shaven I look about twelve though, so I’ve a bit of growing up to do in the face. I’m working on a new feature Maisey, so I’ll stick behind the camera for now.


The Logan-touch, it’s real. Yes, we want to watch it again too.

Hold us now.


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