Local actor needs your help getting to the Super Bowl

Michael Sun Lee in "Baby's First Word," a Doritos' Crash the Super Bowl finalist ad.
Michael Sun Lee in "Baby's First Word," a Doritos' Crash the Super Bowl finalist ad.

Forget Marcus Mariota. Another Saint Louis School graduate needs your help getting to the Super Bowl… in a commercial, that is.

Michael Sun Lee appears in an ad that has made it to the finals of Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl” contest.

The finalist ad that receives the most fan votes by the end of the month will by one of two to air during the Super Bowl XLIX broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 1. Its creator wins $1 million and a contract with Universal Pictures.

In the 30-second spot, “Baby’s First Word” by filmmaker Travis Braun, Lee is at a backyard barbecue when the hosts’ child starts to speak. The result is a surprise to everyone, included a dumbfounded Lee.

“I thought it came out great. It exceeded my expectations, especially that baby. He was awesome. He was the best actor in the room,” Lee said.

  • Watch the ad and click here to vote. You can vote once per day per device until Jan. 28.

Lee, who has been living in Los Angeles for the past decade, didn’t have any speaking lines. Instead, his audition consisted of a series of improvisational scenarios.

Doritos Set Photo 1

Producers paid close attention to his reaction, or as Lee called it, “the money shot,” as he pretended to munch on a bag of Doritos.

Lee says his portion of the shoot took less than eight hours to film, and yes, he was wearing his own Aloha shirt. “I got to eat free Doritos, so it was a really good deal,” he joked.

Born and raised in Kaimuki, Lee has several credits to his name (“I play mostly play law enforcement and bad guys”), but the University of Hawaii graduate says one of the highlights of his career was a guest stint on “Hawaii Five-0” as Lieutenant Kala of the Maui Police Department.

“It’s kind of a dream come true. It’s funny, I had to move away to get work here. It was weird, but I was happy to do it,” he said.

Watch behind-the-scenes footage as Lee tapes his scenes for the commercial:

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