jabberjaws13 wrote:even with his painted on beard he was not a good salesman. he was a swindler, who peddled apcray to insomniacs and bored housewives. next up is the stupid sham-wow moose.
Sorry to jump in here, but not true. Having worked with Billy as a freelance script supervisor on an Oxyclean infomercial, the man was kind, respectful and incredibly hard-working - all traits that are extremely unusual for talent on his level. He was concerned about what he was selling and being careful to not make claims that were not true.
As for "peddling apcray", how many products are on the market now that contain some form of Oxyclean? What about Orangeglo? Tons...and there's a reason why: the apcray works.
There are many things that you can say about Billy Mays (loud, annoying, whatever), but being a bad salesman is NOT one of them. Dude could sell heaters in the Sahara desert.
And the beard, while obviously over-manicured and colored, was most assuredly real.
Before leaving the set on the last day of shooting (a 19 hour day that started at 5:00am, no less), Billy made time to go around to all the behind-camera folks and thank them - every single one of us. Not many people would do that.
Personally, I didn't have a problem with this shirt, but that's just me.