Air New Zealand has teamed up with the All Blacks and an all-star line-up of international rugby greats to tackle the airline’s latest on board safety video, Men in Black Safety Defenders.
Inspired by global film franchise Men in Black, Air New Zealand’s latest safety instalment features All Blacks’ Captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter as Men in Black agents.
Starring alongside the two long-serving All Blacks is Coach Steve Hansen, team mates Kieran Read, Keven Mealamu, Sam Whitelock and Israel Dagg who gets to test his vocals alongside popular Kiwi musician Stan Walker.
American actor Rip Torn reprises his role as Chief of the Men in Black with Wallabies great David Campese, former England Captain Martin Johnson and former Argentinean Captain Agustin Pichot making cameo appearances.
Air New Zealand is well known for its quirky safety videos with past versions featuring Peter Jackson and cast members from both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies.
All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw says the players had a great time making the video.
“We had a lot of laughs on set and were blown away by Israel’s hidden singing talent. If rugby doesn’t work out for him he clearly has a promising career as a back-up singer.”
Israel Dagg says growing up he was a huge fan of the Men in Black films.
“I grew up listening to the iconic Men in Black movie soundtrack song. Hopefully I’ve done it some justice.”
Australian Wallabies great David Campese admitted his appearance in Men in Black Safety Defenders is likely to come at a cost.
“I’m expecting to get a right ribbing from my mates for appearing in a video promoting the All Blacks, Australia’s key opponents. They’ll never let me live it down.”
Former Argentina Captain Agustin Pichot and Martin Johnson, former England Captain shared his sentiment.
“The All Blacks are staunch rivals of the Pumas making it especially fun to play the role of their nemesis in Air New Zealand’s new safety video,” says Mr Pichot.
The All Blacks will be taking safety advice from themselves when they board the plane to England to defend their World Cup title in October at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.