If the Most Interesting Man in the World were an anthropomorphic jalapeño dispensing advice on how to stay suave to a bowl of full of fruit and one particularly irritating piece of citrus, he would be voiced by Academy Award nominee James Caan. And that, as a matter of fact, is exactly who was cast to star in the latest installment of the uber-popular web series The Annoying Orange.
Lindsay Powers at The Hollywood Reporter broke the news the 70-year-old actor (most famous for playing a hotheaded Corleone in The Godfather) would voice an animated character by the name of “Jalepeno” in an episode of one of the most popular shows online. Caan is the first established actor to guest star on The Annoying Orange since the series was created by Dane Boedigheimer in October 2009.
No word on why Caan took the gig, but it may have something to do with him being the chairman of Openfilm.com. According to the about us page, Openfilm “is a technology company and online community of film lovers and filmmakers working together to change the way independent film is discovered, financed and distributed.” Certainly having Caan appear in a web series with one of the internet’s most engaged audiences (including over over 6.8 million Facebook fans) couldn’t hurt in bringing some traffic and exposure Openfilm’s way.
Regardless of the reasons as to why Caan played the role, the episode is definitely worth a watch. There are a handful of punny, Spanglish lines that give my most favorite ethnic joke some serious competition.